How to Make Your Mattress Last

By Selena Kohng , last updated April 26, 2011

A mattress is an expensive purchase, so knowing how to make your mattress last is a sure way to get the biggest bang for your buck. Maintenance involves more care than just the prevention of spills and stains; follow these tips to extend the life of your purchase and ensure a good night's sleep for years to come.

Air Your New Mattress

If you've just bought your mattress, make sure to air it for about four hours to allow any potential condensation to evaporate and to allow any outgas odors to be eliminated. Place the mattress on a clean, dry surface in direct sunlight, which acts as a natural antibacterial agent; blowing a fan over the mattress will help speed up the process. Repeat this process periodically throughout the life of the mattress.

Use a Protective Cover

Use a mattress pad that will protect your mattress from perspiration and spills and stains. This product is extremely affordable, starting as low as around $8; higher-end versions boast memory foam tops, heat, or body temperature-regulating technology. Decide the best fit for your needs and your budget, keeping in mind that the ultimate goal is to protect your $300+ mattress.

Spot Clean Immediately

If you do have a spill, make sure to blot the area immediately. Use a vinegar solution (one part vinegar to three parts water) or hydrogen peroxide in a spray bottle; spray the affected area, then expose to direct sunlight until the spot disappears and dries. To get rid of odors, sprinkle baking soda on the area and let sit. After several hours, simply brush it off.

Turn Your Mattress Regularly

If you don't turn your mattress, you'll be faced with uneven wear and dips and craters. Turn the mattress every three to four months to ensure even pressure on all springs. Foam mattresses don't necessarily need to be turned, but experts say it can't hurt.

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