A mattress is an important investment. One that is often underestimated. It can impact how well you sleep, your energy levels during the day, and even the amount of pain you experience on a regular basis.
To ensure your mattress functions as is intended and lasts for years to come, it’s important to know a few things about proper mattress care.
You may have already wondered about how you clean a mattress and if you are supposed to flip it. Not to worry, in this article we will cover all of the maintenance tips you need to know to properly care for your Sealy mattress. You’ll learn:
- How to clean a mattress
- How to protect a mattress
- Flip vs. no flip mattresses
- How to handle a mattress
- The proper foundation for a mattress
Let’s get started.
Cleaning Your Mattress
Accidents happen and things naturally get dirty over time. But while it can be easy to throw your sheets in the washing machine, your mattress is a different story. Given its size and components, people can sometimes be left wondering exactly how they are supposed to clean their mattress.
The biggest issue with mattress hygiene is typically dust mites. As you spend about eight hours in bed per night, you will shed dead skin cells. As unpleasant as it sounds, dust mites feed on these dead cells which attracts them to your mattress. The main issue the mites cause is allergies when their proteins and droppings are inhaled. The best way to remove them is using a vacuum with a hose attachment.
We recommend that you adjust the suction level on the vacuum to low to avoid stretching or damaging the fabric on the mattress surface.
Periodically, you will want to wash all of your bedding and vacuum the mattress simultaneously - this will help to keep your sleeping environment allergen-free.
If you need to clean a stain or a spill on the mattress, you can use some cold water and a mild soap on the area. You want to apply the water and soap gently, and be careful not to let any of the water soak into the mattress. You also want to avoid using dry cleaning agents to clean your mattress. The chemicals could damage the materials in the mattress.
Protecting Your Mattress
Sealy recommends a mattress protector or pad to all their customers. A mattress protector is a thin covering that does not have any filling. It is waterproof and helps to protect against bed bugs, dirt, and allergens while having cooling properties.
As another option, pads and toppers that are waterproof can be purchased. These products are not only designed to protect the mattress but also enhance the level of comfort. The mattress pad has a small degree of softness while the feather bed topper provides 3-5 inches of filling comfort. Some people even get both the mattress pad and topper for the ultimate comfort and protection.
Regardless of whether you go for a simple mattress protector, a mattress pad, a luxurious mattress topper, or a combination of these, the most important thing is that your mattress is protected from the elements.
Rotating Your Mattress
The next topic is rotating your mattress. To provide adequate comfort, a mattress will have various layers of padding and foam. As you lay on the mattress, a body signature will start to form in the place where you sleep. To prevent these impressions from forming too quickly, many people wonder if they should flip or rotate the mattress and how often it should be done. To understand what to do, it’s important to know the difference between flip vs no flip mattresses.
A flip mattress is a two-sided mattress, which means it has a coil system in the middle and comfort layers on both sides of the coil system. This is the way most mattresses were made since modern-style mattresses began in the early 1900’s. Maintaining even wear is achieved by flipping and reversing the mattress several times per year.
Recently, no-flip mattresses were introduced and have now become the dominant way mattresses are made. A no-flip mattress has a support system base with the comfort layers stacked on top. These mattresses can’t be flipped because the bottom side has no comfort layers.
Sealy mattresses are all no-flip mattresses, so to maintain even wear, you will need to rotate them. To do so, just turn it 180 degrees anticlockwise, then realign the mattress with the foundation. How often should you turn your mattress? It can depend on various factors, but the general rule of thumb is once about every three months.
By doing this regularly, particularly in the early stages, your mattress will have even wear and will last longer.
Handling Your Mattress
Another common mattress care mistake that people make is in the way that they move the mattress. Improper handling can expose the mattress to the potential for damage, and it can also be a potential injury risk for the individual. You don’t want to damage the innerspring system or edge support as it may hinder the proper functionality of the mattress.
One of the most important tips in this regard is to never try to move a mattress alone. It takes two people to safely move it. Additionally, you should always carry it on its side. When moving a mattress through a door or around a corner, do not bend the mattress beyond 15°. A mattress can flex, but bending could cause damage to the innerspring.
As a further point, you do not want to use the handles to carry the mattress. If a mattress has handles, they are not there for carrying. They are designed to help the user position the mattress once it’s set on the foundation or for rotating.
Installing the Proper Bed Base
A good foundation for the mattress is another important part of keeping it in good shape. If the foundation is in poor condition or incorrectly set, it will not provide the mattress with the support that it needs, and this will shorten the life of the mattress.
For this reason, when you get a new mattress, it’s a good idea to consider buying a new bed base too. In some cases, it’s actually the foundation that is causing comfort or support problems. Some Sealy Posturepedic mattresses are designed to work best as ensembles as they absorb shock, so you can extend the life of the mattress by having the matching foundation.
Learn more about caring for your Sealy foundation.
If you do keep your foundation, you want to make sure that the slats are evenly spaced, with no more space than the width of a single slat between the pieces. Furthermore, the slats should be fixed to the foundation to prevent movement when the bed is in use. You could also put a layer of fabric between the underside of the mattress and the slats. This will prevent issues with scuffing that may occur when the mattress is in direct contact with the slats.
It is also important to check that the base has a center rail running head to foot and a centre leg in the middle of the base touching the floor to avoid the mattress dipping in the middle when weight is applied.
Other Mattress Tips
Lastly, let’s consider a few general mattress tips that can help to ensure the longest life for your mattress.
- First, you do not want to remove the customer care label attached to the end of your mattress. This contains important care information, and they can be used to identify the mattress in the event that you need warranty service.
- Don’t stand on the mattress or let kids jump on the bed. This may seem like a harmless activity, but it is not what the mattress was designed for, and it can cause damage.
- Excessive sitting in the one place on the bed can lead to point loading and impressions in that particular place.
- If you have purchased a King Mattress, please ensure you sleep across the entire surface to reduce any body signatures on the sides.
- When you get a new mattress, remove all of the packaging and give the mattress time to air out before you put your mattress protector and sheets on. A new mattress may have a sort of “new mattress” smell to it, and that can last for a few weeks.
- Any new mattress from Sealy should be registered for the Sealy guarantee. Every Sealy mattress comes with a guarantee card that has the terms and conditions of the warranty and care information. It also has a registration card that can be completed and returned to Sealy. The warranty registration can be completed online or alternatively you can send it in the mail.
Get the Most from Your Sealy Mattress
If you’ve made the investment into getting a quality mattress, it only makes sense to do what you can to get the most out of it. Now that you know all of the necessary steps for mattress maintenance, you can ensure the long life of your mattress.
With Sealy, you have a brand that assures the quality of their mattresses by paying careful attention to every detail. Every component is thoroughly tested for quality and comfort. As long as you follow these tips for cleaning, handling, rotation and protection, you can rest assured that your Sealy mattress will provide you with years of comfortable rest.
For more information about Sealy mattresses, contact us with any questions you may have.