How to Preserve the Life of Your Mattress & Get Better Sleep

Studies show that sleep deprivation is linked to a variety of conditions, including hypertension, obesity and type-2 diabetes, impaired immune functioning, cardiovascular disease and arrhythmias, mood disorders, neurodegeneration and dementia, and even loneliness.

Without a proper sleep, we tend to fall apart pretty fast.

While some sources of sleep deprivation may be out of our control, there are many things we can do to improve the quality of our sleep. Your mattress is a great place to start.

In one study, a comfortable mattress was mentioned as the most important factor in getting a good night’s sleep. There may be a number of reasons your mattress feels comfortable or not. But whether your mattress feels like a bed of clouds or a piece of plywood, there are a number of things you can do to preserve its life:

Wash your bed sheets more often

white bed sheets and pillows

It should go without saying, but regularly washing your bed sheets is an important part of keeping a clean mattress and getting a good night’s sleep. In fact, one study reported that 73% of people sleep better on fresh sheets. There’s nothing better than that clean, crisp feeling of fresh sheets.

Your sheets are also the first line of defence (often the only) from dust, sweat, skin and other things reaching your mattress. Without clean sheets, your mattress can quickly turn into a breeding ground for bacteria, dust mites, or worse.

Experts recommend washing your bed sheets once per week.

Give yourself some support

bedroom with bed and frame

Aside from looking aesthetically undesirable, having your mattress on the floor may be ruining your sleep as well. Although it’s certainly the most cost-effective route, it’s not the best for your back, neck and even air quality – a mattress on the floor creates a preferable environment for mould and mildew.

A proper bed frame or box spring could do wonders for your sleep, and extend the life of your mattress. It can also work wonders in preventing your mattress from caving in or becoming deformed. Not all mattresses are made the same, so do your research – memory foam mattresses may require different levels of support than others.

Treat stains and remove odours

red wine being spilled

Pet urine, wine, coffee and other stains are prone to happen on your mattress at some point. After all, we spend a lot of time in bed. With the addition of pets, children, food and drinks, the chances of a spill are almost guaranteed.

If you do spill something or an accident happens, it won’t take long for a nasty odour to develop. A bad odour coming from your mattress is something you’ll want to mitigate right away, with professional help, before permanent damage is done.

There are some viable home remedies that include white vinegar, baking soda, and water, which will work to at least mask the smell in the short term. But you’ll need a deep, professional mattress cleaning to fully remove the stain and the unpleasant odour from your mattress forever.

Chem-Dry specializes in mattress cleaning, and no stain is too big or too smelly. Plus, we’ll offer you a free quote.

Use a mattress protector

A mattress protector is a thin sheet that covers your mattress and works to prevent stains and the buildup of:

  • Dust
  • Skin cells
  • Bacteria
  • Pet hair and dandruff
  • Sweat

A healthy-sized wine stain or pet stain can do serious damage to your mattress left unprotected and can leave you with a hefty cleaning bill. Plus, the heavy buildup of dust and skin alone is enough to take years off the life of your mattress.

Buying yourself a mattress protector is one of the easiest things you can do to preserve the life of your mattress without having to break the bank.

There are all sorts of mattress protectors you can purchase, including special ones for hypoallergenic people, highly waterproof protectors, and more.

If you have stains on your mattress, it’s important to get it professionally cleaned. Or if you’re considering adding a mattress protector, call Super City Chem-Dry and get your mattress a scrub before you put it on.

Ban pets and food in your bed

croissant and coffee and newspaper

This one may be tougher for some than others, but by ousting your pets and all traces of food from your bed, you’re giving your mattress the best chance at a long, stain-free life. Although it may not be what you want to hear, no matter how clean you think your pets are – they aren’t. Hair, drool, sand, urine and dirt can easily squeak past your linens and onto your mattress.

Food is no better. Laying on your mattress in a somewhat compromised position will leave give crumbs a better chance of missing your mouth and finding their way into your sheets. Wine and coffee are even worse. If you’re lying prone on a squishy surface obstructed by blankets, pillows and other bodies, the physics aren’t adding up well for you to be able to safely swallow that coffee or wine.

Wine and coffee are infamous for leaving nasty stains on your mattress. But if you do have a spill, don’t sweat it. Chem-Dry’s qualified technicians can clean any stain with no problem – give us a call for a free quote.

If you’d like a deep clean for your mattress, get in touch with Super City Chem-Dry and start preserving the life of your mattress and enjoying a healthier sleep.

If you’ve done what you can to preserve the life of your mattress, but it’s still showing signs of age, it may be time for a replacement.

Signs You Need a New Mattress

  • Discolouration
  • Tearing
  • Aches and pains
  • Bad nights of sleep
  • It’s more than 8 years old
  • It’s squeakier than ever
  • It’s sagging or damaged in certain areas
  • You sleep better in other beds

 

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