I find myself at a milestone in what I think is my young adult life.
After graduating from college, I worked all over the country for a year because I felt pain sleeping on a mattress that was not suitable for me, and finally I bought a mattress that was not a hand --me-down.
The mattress was expensive so I asked the experts how to protect my first big investment.
The first line of defense against wear is good-
Quality mattress protector, said Mary Helen Rogers, spokeswoman for the consumer education department better sleep Committee of the International Association of Sleep products.
Think about your lifestyle, who will use this bed: Is this a child who may have an accident?
Is it a pet owner or an allergic person?
Many mattress protectors are hypoallergenic, waterproof or waterproof
A good mattress protector is cheaper than replacing the entire mattress.
Helen Sullivan, spokeswoman for CertiPur
The United States is a non-profit organization that proves the foam inside the mattress and recommends quilting something soft on the top of the mattress to get the least eye-catching option, not a loud plastic cover.
Once you have a protective device, you can add additional layers of comfort and support (
And obstacles to stains)
Canopy and sheets.
While most people do not stay in a position when they sleep, the mattress is sunken and sunken over time.
She said Rogers suggested using a rotating mattress to ensure uniform use, which helps to extend their life.
\"Think about the carpet in your living room: If you \'ve been in the kitchen for seven years on exactly the same path, you\'ll be wearing a road on the carpet,\" Rogers said . \".
\"If you walk in different areas of the carpet, in general, it will wear out on a more uniform and consistent basis.
She said that while rotating foam mattresses is important, it is not necessary to flip them because they are usually one
So the bottom floor does not have the same mat as the top floor and may be uncomfortable.
The inner spring mattress with the coil may have a more uniform structure as it is protected on all sides and can be rotated and flipped.
It\'s always a good idea.
Consult the manufacturer to find out how your mattress is made and how to clean and care for it.
Instead of putting the mattress on the floor, where you will be more exposed to dirt and more difficult to get in and out, Rogers recommends placing the mattress on a basis that corresponds to the size and weight of the mattress.
\"If you feel the frame is shaking and feeling soft, then it is not supported enough below,\" she said . \".
Most \"beds in the box\" don\'t need box springs, Sullivan said.
Before buying, see how much weight your favorite bed rack can support.
The mattress protector should be a barrier against most accidents, but if not, it is best to act quickly.
Brian Sansoni, spokesman for the American Cleaning Association, recommends spot-
Dry the liquid with a paper towel and treat it with detergent products.
Sullivan also suggested to sprinkle a little baking soda on wet stains before vacuuming with mild soap and cold water.
For a more thorough cleaning, Rogers recommends removing the lid from the mattress once or twice a year and putting everything out.
Do not do this outside as the mattress may be exposed to allergens.
If the mattress is dusty, gently vacuum with a hose attachment.
Avoid using steam cleaners or carpet cleaners because they make the mattress too wet, Rogers said.
She also recommended washing bed pads, bedding, pillows and pajamas on a regular basis.
Rogers says the mattress is usually elastic, but it\'s a good idea to cover both sides of the mattress with a fitted sheet or plastic package when moving.
If you need to store your mattress for longer-
Rogers suggests buying a waterproof, five.
Side packaging covering the top and side of the mattress (
It should fit like a pillowcase).
Try to store it in the climate
Control environment (
Or as close as possible), as well.
When the mattress is taken out of storage, thoroughly check it for moisture, mildew and pests.
As your mattress may be covered with bedding, cushions and uppers, there are obvious signs of wear and tearand-
Tearing such as worn fabric or exposed springs can be covered up, so remove the mattress regularly for inspection.
Rogers recommends evaluating your mattress about every seven years for signs of wear, such as obvious physical impressions, bumps, or sagging.
Even if the mattress is not out of repair for a long time, your preferences may change and other things may be more suitable for you.
The most convincing sign is that it\'s time to change, like me, if you wake up with pain or can\'t sleep all night.
\"Long before there are signs that your mattress is worn out, you will feel physically different and you won\'t sleep,\" Rogers said . \".