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CARING FOR YOUR MATTRESS

Most mattresses last about eight years before they need to be replaced. But, did you know that if it isn't maintained or cared for properly it will have to be replaced much sooner. To get the most out of the place where you spend one third of your life, there are several easy ways to care for your mattress.

Most mattresses last about eight years before they need to be replaced. But, did you know that if your mattress isn't maintained or cared for properly it will have to be replaced much sooner. To get the most out of the place where you spend one third of your life, there are several easy ways to care for your mattress.

Spills, leaks or accidents may damage a mattress so it's important to take precautionary measures against these unfortunate, but sometimes unavoidable events. Buying a mattress pad or protector is a great way to ensure that breakfast in bed doesn't result in spilt orange juice on your new pillow top mattress. If you need to clean your mattress after a spill, gently rub a small amount of soap and cold water on the spot. Be sure not to soak the mattress as it may damage its construction and internal contents.

We spend so much time in bed, so it's not surprising that its cleanliness directly affects the way we sleep. Dust mites, bed bugs and dead skin cells accumulate inside mattresses, so vacuuming your mattress can be beneficial by decreasing the number of allergens lurking inside.

Make a habit of checking your mattress for wear and tear about once a year. Many people go for years without noticing a small tear in their mattress. This tear soon turns into a huge rip, spilling out the contents of your previously perfect mattress.

The best way to maintain a supportive and comforting mattress is to place it on the foundation or box spring which it was originally meant to be paired. Many mattress manufacturers even void a warranty if the mattress is not supported by the manufacturer's box spring. This is because it needs to receive the same support it did when it was tested in order for the manufacturer's warranty to be valid.

Last, but definitely not least, if you're currently sleeping on a mattress nearing eight years of age, think about replacing it with a new one. A new mattress could have a tremendous impact on your health, energy level and productivity at work. Also, read our Sleep Resources article called "Replace Every 8." If you're not sure how old your mattress is, check for the manufacturing year on its tag.