Choosing a good bed is like finding the right partner. It takes time and effort and essentially, you are looking for the same characteristics.
A good bed should last 10 years if it is properly looked after. Rotating and flipping your mattress regularly will prevent sagging.
You want your bed to be able to support you, comfort you and be there whenever you need it. It is a long-term investment and like anything worthwhile, there are precautions you should take to make sure it will last as long as possible.
Beds for Africa have a few suggestions for taking care of your mattress:
Do not bend the mattress at any stage as this will damage the inner spring unit.
Carry the mattress flat or on its side. The handles are only used for positioning the mattress on the base.
Once you have removed the mattress from its packaging, let it air completely by leaning it up against a wall for a few hours.
Do not let your children jump on the bed as this can damage the springs in the matress and compromise the strength of the base.
Do not remove the label on the mattress. It has important information regarding your warranty rights.
Rotate your mattress often and flip it every month to maintain comfort.
Use a washable mattress protector, change your bedding and vacuum the mattress regularly to keep it free of bed bugs and allergens.
Do not let children jump on the bed, as this will damage the springs.
Do not expose your mattress to anything flammable, as the bedding materials will emit hazardous gases when ignited.
Beds for Africa also suggest that you buy a base and mattress at the same time in order to get the correct support from your mattress.
Clean up mattress spills right away. They can turn into unsightly stains, and although you may not see them every day, some stains may leave odours.
It is easy to leave bed stains as they are because you don't see them every day. Spilling your morning coffee, having a nosebleed during the night or children having bed-wetting incidents can deface the quality of your mattress, and you should try to clean these stains up right away.
Remove basic stains using the dry suds method with a gentle, powered laundry detergent, a bowl of warm water and a sponge. Use an electric beater to create the suds and work them into the mattress. If that doesnt work, try using a high quaility brand of upholstery shampoo.
The cleaning products you use will depend on the type of stain. Avoid using harsh detergents to prevent causing allergy attacks or rashes. Some stains can leave odour behind, so sprinkle the mattress with a generous amount of baking soda, leave it overnight and vacuum it up the next morning.
To get a urine stain out of a mattress, apply white vinegar to a towel or sponge and blot the stains. Try not to saturate the bed in vinegar. Sprinkle some baking soda over the stain, leave it overnight to soak up the vinegar and vacuum it up the next day.
For a blood stain, pour some hydrogen peroxide onto a towel and working in from the borders of the stain, blot your way inward until no more blood appears on the towel.
Tip: Wait for your mattress to dry completely before putting on sheets and bedding to prevent mould and mildew.
A good bed should last around 10 to 15 years if you look after it properly and is something that is worth spending more on to ensure you get a quality product and a good night's sleep. After all, it's about looking after your well-being.