At Happy Beds, we believe that taking care of your bed is essential. After all, you wouldn’t buy a car and not bother maintaining it, would you?
In order to keep your mattress and bed frame in good shape for years to come you need to give them the TLC they deserve.
It’s important to let your mattress air from time to time. In fact, when your mattress is delivered, you should let it air for four hours. However, we also recommend that you let it breathe in between changing your bedding too. Take the following steps for a more hygienic, long-lasting mattress:
1 – Open any windows in the room: expose the mattress to some fresh air – and ideally, sunlight.
2 – Remove all covers: including mattress protectors – you want your mattress exposed to fresh air.
3 – Vacuum the mattress: remove any residual dust by vacuuming it thoroughly.
4 – Leave it: Let the mattress stand for a few hours on its end or side.
Then, you can re-dress your mattress with it feeling fresher.
You’ll need to flip or rotate your mattress every 6 weeks in order to maintain its shape and keep getting a top-quality sleep. Doing this will ensure you’re sleeping on different areas of the mattress.
Whether you should flip or rotate your mattress depends on whether it is one-sided or two-sided.
All our mattresses state in the descriptions and on the mattress labels whether they should be rotated or flipped.
If you are not sure whether your mattress is rotatable or flippable, check the mattress label or contact the manufacturer.
Rotating a one-sided mattress is pretty straightforward. Simply turn it 180° until the head end becomes the foot end.
Flipping a two-sided mattress is slightly more complex, and will probably require two persons. After about 6 weeks of use, turn the mattress 90° anti-clockwise (1), then flip it on its side (2) and then over. Once you’ve done that, rotate it 90° anti-clockwise. Your mattress is ready to go!
After another 6 weeks have passed, simply flip the mattress on its side and then over.
Alternate the above two methods (in Flipping your two-sided mattress) every 6 weeks and you will have a mattress which will provide support and comfort for longer.
Please note that due to bedroom size or type of bed these may not be the best ways to rotate or flip your mattress. In this case, the rotations (turns) are a combination of side flips and end flips.
When it comes to mattresses, the old adage is true: prevention is better than the cure. Invest in a quality mattress protector to prevent stains occurring in the first place.
Caring for your mattress couldn’t be easier with a protector: it’ll keep your mattress in good condition by protecting it from stains and, in turn, extend its life.
If your bed frame doubles up as a handy storage solution, be careful not to overburden it. Many divan beds are designed to hold relatively lightweight items such as sheets and pillows – so check if the bed's storage facility has a recommended weight limit.
Without the correct application or care, your bed frame may suffer. So when you’re affixing your frame, take care not to overtighten your fittings.
Conversely, if you take time to tighten a bed frame’s nuts and bolts, you’ll reduce squeaking and keep it in tip-top shape.
It is not recommended that the bed is deassembled and reassembled too many times as this will loosen the fittings.
Whether you have children, pets or just a messy spouse, sometimes dirt and stains are inevitable. However, using a strong detergent could do more harm than good.
If you need to remove stains from your mattress, always use a very mild detergent, a cloth and cold water. Do not use bleach to clean it and never soak your mattress.
Likewise, when you’re cleaning a bed frame, any spirit-based cleaners are likely to damage a leather, fabric or painted wood surface.
Children love to bounce on beds. However, whilst it might be fun for them to pretend one of the beds in your home is a bouncy castle, it certainly won’t be much fun to sleep on afterwards!
The best mattresses can withstand several thousand hours of use – but sadly they’re not designed as trampolines. Jumping on one area can damage springs and fibres, causing them to stick out and giving you nothing but an uncomfortable night’s sleep.
Sitting on the mattress edge for prolonged periods of time is not recommended as this will weaken the material used on the edges.
Mattresses are made for sleeping, but if you have to store it away, make sure you’re not causing permanent damage. Always store your mattress flat, rather than attempting to bend or twist it, to ensure that you protect the springs from settling out of place.
When moving your mattress, always carry the mattress flat or on its side. Never drag or fold the mattress to transport it. Whilst you might think you’re making things easier for yourself, in the long run, you’re likely to have to fork out for a new mattress because the structure of yours will be damaged.
So, now you’ve read our bed care guide, you’ll know how to look after your mattress and bed frame, and maximise their lifespan. Remember, due to normal wear and tear, mattresses should be changed every 7 years.
Browse through our mattresses online today and start sleeping happier. Sweet dreams!