How to Have a Healthy Mattress

You’ve just bought a new Parklane mattress.  Congratulations!  You can look forward to plenty of restful, relaxing sleep on it.  Like any major purchase, however, it will require a little bit of loving care to make sure it lasts, and gives you good service.  Here are some steps to follow to make sure you’ll have a healthy mattress for years to come:

  1. Give it time to breathe – Your new Parklane mattress has been wrapped in plastic for a while, and has that “new” smell in it as a result.  After removing the wrapping, let it air for a while without laying on it.  This will ensure that you detect nothing but the fresh, clean scent of newly laundered bedclothes when you do turn in.
  2. Allow a small amount of break-in time – Just like a person, you and your Parklane mattress will require a short getting-acquainted period, just to get used to each other.  So if it feels a little rigid when you first use it, let it get used to the contours of your body.  In no time at all you’ll think it was made just for you.
  3. Use a quality mattress cover – Your body is surprisingly busy while your sleep.  Among other things, it sheds dead skin cells.  These can eventually find their way into your new purchase, where they’ll make a tasty snack for any dust mites in the area.  Avoid this by always using a pad or cover to protect its surface.
  4. Don’t let children jump on it – for that matter, don’t jump on it yourself!  While this can be fun, it leads to premature component failure.  A better way to work off the kid’s excess energy is with a trampoline.
  5. When moving the mattress, avoid folding it up if possible – This can bend coils and move interior materials out of place.  Carry it at a 45 or a 90-degree angle as much as possible when bringing it into the home or moving it around.
  6. Give it a firm foundation to rest on – Avoid using old bedsprings if at all possible.  They have likely lost much of their original support, making them poor choices for a new mattress.  Use a sturdy metal bed frame with a strong central support.  As a rule of thumb, queen-sized mattresses require a single metal support leg, while king-sized ones need a pair of them.
  7. Be careful what you use to clean it – Never use dry cleaning chemicals.  They can remove color dyes, giving the mattress ugly stains.  They can also leak into it, harming the foam or other supportive material.  As long as you use a good cover, the only cleaning the mattress should need will be a good vacuuming every couple of months.  If you do decide to wash it, though, only use water and a mild soap solution.  Make sure the rag is slightly damp, never soaked, and rub it over the surface gently.  Afterwards let it air dry, preferably with the help of a fan.  Try to avoid letting the sun bake it, as this can weaken the top fabric and also cause it to fade.
  8. Rotate it occasionally – Leaving behind the endless debate over whether or not to flip a mattress, rotating it so the head becomes the tail can increase your comfort level and extend its life, by spreading out the pressure from your body’s weight more evenly.
  9. Don’t insert boards between the mattress and foundation – Unfortunately this is a tactic commonly used to squeeze a little more life out of an old, worn out sleep surface.  Ultimately it will only damage the mattress’ interior and make it wear out quicker.  When your sleep surface gets to the point that it needs help firming up, then take that as a sign that you need to replace it.

Following these guidelines will help to ensure that you enjoy your new healthy mattress for years to come.  If you haven’t purchased one of our fine products, now is the time to do so.  Visit us in person or use our web site.

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