Preserve and Protect Your Bed in 10 Easy Ways
As shoemaker John Wildsmith put it, we are either in bed or in our shoes thus we need to invest in both. As for beds and mattresses, it is one thing to get expensive, high-quality ones, but keeping them fresh and good as new is another story. Listed below are 10 ways you can take care of your bed and mattress to make sure they last long and that you sleep better.
- Cover your mattress.
One easy way to preserve your mattress is by covering it with a vinyl sheet lest mites occur. A water-resistant cover will also protect your mattress and bed from moisture especially during humid days or accidental spills. A reliable cover will also prevent shed skin (or fur, if you let your pets sleep in the same room) from dribbling to the sides of your bed.
- Change beddings regularly.
Speaking of spills, liquids and your sweat can leave stains on your pillows, linen, and mattress if left unattended. Prevent this from happening by changing your beddings on a regular basis or in cases of spillage. Many people advise changing sheets every week and pillowcases every night to ensure cleanliness. However, people who do not sweat as much while sleeping push the interval up to two weeks. It is also recommended that you wash the sheets in warm water and treat stains with bleach to keep them clean and disinfected. Just remember to use the right kind of bleach for colored beddings, and keep your sheets smelling fresh using fabric conditioner and linen spray.
- Avoid eating in bed.
While the idea of breakfast in bed or eating while you watch TV in the bedroom can be appealing, it can also lead to crumbs and liquids trickling down to the sides of your bed and mattress even if you think you’ve done enough dusting. Bits of food can attract mites and puts the overall health of your bedroom at risk.
- Keep humidity levels under control.
Humidity can impose wear and tear risks not just for your bed and mattress but also for every piece of furniture in your room. Use a dehumidifier in your bedroom to keep moisture levels in check as well as prevent mites from thriving.
- Keep the temperature cool.
Aside from lowering humidity levels, it is also important that you keep the temperature in your room cool. This, however, doesn’t mean that you have to keep the air in your bedroom dry as doing so can dehydrate your skin.
Set your thermostat to a temperature that will prevent you from sweating in bed so that you can spare your sheets and mattress from getting wet and possibly stained. Some suggest that a room’s temperature should fall between 24°C and 12°C, while others swear by the sweet spot which lies between 16°C and 20°C.
- Prevent bedbug infestation.
Bedbugs spell nightmares so it’s best to prevent them before they happen to your bedroom. Regularly check your bedroom for any hints of bedbugs especially your bed and mattress. While covering your mattress with a vinyl sheet can be helpful, it pays to do a thorough inspection first by checking the seams of your mattress and examining your bedframe.
Bugs can also be transferred through your clothes when you sleep in other beds such as in hotels, so make sure you check under the hotel’s mattress before settling in. In case you contract bedbugs after a trip and have the bedbug bites to show for it,, unpack your suitcase outside the house, say in the garage or backyard, and go through your belongings to see if they have bugs. This way, you can prevent the bugs from spreading not just in your room but also in your house. When push comes to shove and you detect bedbugs, call a professional exterminator to help you rid of it safely.
- Turn your mattress over every once in a while.
Even though some mattress manufacturers swear by the durability of their product, flipping the mattress will help you even out its upholstery filling. If your mattress is new, turn it over every week for the first three months, and then schedule a rotation, say once every month or two. This will help balance out the sides of the mattress as it thins out over time.
- Keep allergens at bay.
Bear in mind that even if your mattress is covered, there are other factors that can bring and breed allergens into your room, and put your furniture and your health at risk. If you are allergic to pets, don’t let them sleep in the bedroom. If you are allergic to pollen, avoid putting plants or flowers in your bedroom either. Don’t forget to clean and vacuum your carpet regularly as dust can trigger your allergies.
- Replace worn-out beddings.
Apart from keeping your bed and mattress in good shape, check your pillows and sheets if they need replacements. If you’re already experience neck pains when you wake up, it could be a telling sign that you need to change your pillows. High-quality beddings can last you several years, so consider investing in a good brand and material. You can also encase pillows in vinyl cover to preserve them. Threadbare sheets and comforters should also be changed to help prevent allergens and mites from breeding.
- Don’t jump on the bed.
Bouncing on the bed can weaken your mattress and fracture the bedframe. If you have kids at home, discourage them from jumping on the bed to help prolong its lifespan. This will also prevent accidents such as falls and trips. On the other hand, if your bed or mattress has significant wear and tear, this could be a sign that you should replace them altogether.
Everybody deserves a goodnight’s sleep but for it to happen, you need to take serious care of your beds and mattresses at home. If you have more tips on how to protect your beds, share them with us in the comments section.