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Bed and Mattress Care Guide

Care Guide: Looking After Your Happy Beds Product

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.

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Let Your Mattress Air

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.

Flip or Rotate Your Mattress

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.

  • One-sided: rotate
  • Two-sided: flip

Rotating your one-sided mattress

Rotating a one-sided mattress is pretty straightforward. Simply turn it 180° until the head end becomes the foot end.

Flipping your two-sided mattress

Flipping a two-sided mattress is slightly more complex, and will probably require two persons. First, turn the mattress 90° clockwise(1), then flip it over its side(2). Once you’ve done that, rotate it anti-clockwise. Your mattress is ready to go!

Prevent Stains Before They Happen

But 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.

Don’t Overload

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.

Check Your Nuts, Bolts and Fittings

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.

Be Gentle – and Vigilant – When Removing Stains

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 the surface of a leather or fabric surface.

Surface cleaning tips:
dust with a cloth or wipe with a warm, moist cloth – ensuring to dry immediately to prevent stains and cracks. It’s recommended not to place leather near artificial heat, as it may dry out.

dab stains with a warm, moist cloth and lightly-soaped water. Vacuum regularly when dry.

dust and wipe with a warm cloth.

use a specialist wood cleaner, and always wipe dry with a cloth.

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Don’t Allow Your Bed to Become a Bouncy Castle

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.

Store Your Mattress Correctly

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 coils 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.

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