2. Seasonal spin — Unless specifically told otherwise, rotate your mattress from head to foot when the seasons change. This helps prevent the formation of sleeping “wallows,” caused by the same body in the same spot every night.
3. Flip it — Mattresses should also be flipped when the seasons change. *Pillow-top mattresses can’t be flipped.
4. Ban bouncing — Kids enjoy bouncing on the bed, but your poor mattress despises this action. Jumping on beds can damage mattresses and box springs, and fracture bed frames.
5. Use protection — Sweet dreams are the goal, but accidents happen. Protect mattresses from messy mishaps with mattress pads or a mattress protector. They’ll absorb moisture and spills before they soak through to the mattress. They are even good for dust and help with allergies.
6. Vacuum, Vacuum, Vacuum — Regular vacuuming will keep mattresses clean and fresh. Remove all bedding from the mattress, and use the upholstery brush to vacuum every surface of the mattress. Vacuuming your mattress removes dust, skin flakes and dust mites.
7. Clean stains safely — Stains are likely to happen, and when they do, use an upholstery shampoo to remove them.
* FYI — An alternative cleaner, recommended by manufacturers for use on mattresses, is called “dry suds.” Create them by placing about 1/4 cup of liquid dishwashing detergent in a small mixing bowl. Turn the mixer on, and add a few teaspoons of water, a teaspoon at a time. The bowl will fill with foam. Scrape the top layer of foam into a small bowl, and take it to the mattress to use. Rub the stained area gently with the foam, using a sponge or a soft brush; make sure you do not wet the padding beneath. Leave the mattress exposed until it’s completely dry before replacing your bedding.
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