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Columbus Day has come and gone and you picked up a nice, new mattress during one of our sales. The last thing you’re probably thinking about right now is taking care of it, but it’s one of the most important things you can do from the time you buy a mattress until the time you get rid of it.

 

Here are a few tips for maximizing the life of your mattress.

 

Wrap it up: It’s important to make sure your mattress is protected – not just from spills, but from pet dander, dust mites, or worse. That’s why it makes sense to purchase a good mattress protector. The protector covers your new mattress completely and protects again dust mites and mold, two things that could cause serious health problems. The Dri-Tec Wicking Waterproof Mattress Protector by BedGear does a great job of protecting your mattress, as does the Vert-Tex 6.0 Cooling Mattress Protector from BedGear. All of our covers provide excellent protection.

 

Rotate it, but be careful: For a new mattress, it’s recommended to rotate it end to end every two weeks for the first four months, then once every three months afterwards. Don’t forget about your box spring, which should be rotated every six months. Rotating the mattress regularly helps the bed wear more evenly, so you don’t have as many lumps and craters. Be careful though. Most new mattresses have handles on the side to help rotate it, but they weren’t designed for you to use to move the mattress.

 

Getting rid of the smells: If you didn’t pick up a mattress protector, there’s a chance that, over time, your mattress will start to smell funny, and not in a “ha ha” way. The best thing to do for this is to sprinkle baking soda over your mattress. After 20 minutes, use the nozzle feature on your vacuum and suck up the baking soda. That should help get rid of any funk in the air.

 

Keep it clean: Again, if you didn’t purchase a mattress protector, you’ll have to make sure you do a good job of keeping the mattress clean and dry. Moisture in a mattress, over time, is a breeding ground for mold, which can cause serious health problems, especially if you have asthma. Try to keep the mattress dry and, if it looks dusty, go ahead and vacuum the mattress with the nozzle extension.

 

Know when to throw in the towel: A mattress should give you good support for at least eight to 10 years. However, if it smells, there are coils poking out, you wake up with back pains, or if you’re just not sleeping well enough anymore, it might be time to go ahead and check into getting a new mattress. Remember, it’s something you’re going to have for the better part of a decade, so be sure to get the one that’s just right for you.