By the end of an average year, you’ll have spent nearly 3,000 hours lying on your mattress, so it pays to take good care of what is typically an expensive purchase. A well-chosen, well-cared for mattress is crucial to your health – it keeps your spine properly aligned, your body well supported and your sleep blissful and uninterrupted by aches or pains. Still, many people ruin their mattress long before its time by making the following nine mistakes.
The days when you needed to periodically flip a mattress over are long gone, as mattresses from the past decade or so no longer have double-sided springs. But that doesn’t mean you are free and clear once the delivery guys set up a new mattress in your bedroom. Make it a habit to rotate your mattress top to bottom at least every other month, and you’ll delay the inevitable appearance of valleys and sags due to body weight.
If you don’t cover your mattress with a protective pad, you’re leaving it defenseless against its mortal enemies: moisture, skin flakes, dust and body oils. Still, this is one of the most common ways people ruin their mattresses. If you’re avoiding a mattress pad because you remember the hot, crinkly, plastic covers from decades past, you’ll be pleased to discover that today’s numbers are far more comfortable and breathable, and many are thickly padded for extra comfort and are dust-mite resistant. Wash your mattress pad at least two or three times per year to keep it fresh.
Whether it’s your kids using the bed as a trampoline, or you guilty of standing on your mattress to reach a shelf or hang a picture, the strain is too much for your bedsprings to bear.
And if you have a platform bed, standing or jumping on the mattress is an even bigger no-no; the wooden supports might break, sending the mattress and you to the floor.
Sure, dust ruffles are mostly decorative and an excellent way to add a splash of style to your space – just choose one that matches an accent color in your bedding or room.
But beyond that, the hanging fabric helps keep dust, pet hair and general grime from migrating under your bed, where it tends to build up not only as dust bunnies, but also as a potent source of allergens. So whether you prefer a ruffled bed skirt or a more tailored design, if you have a mattress sitting on a foundation, a dust ruffle will help protect the underside of your mattress. Wash the bed skirt at least once a year to remove accumulated dust and hair.