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Mattress buying guide

Mattress buying guide

Types of mattress

Open spring mattress: Also known as open coil or continuous coil mattresses. These contain one long piece of metal wire coiled into numerous springs. There’s also an additional border rod or wire to maintain shape and provide structure. It’s a great value for money option, although sides are machine-stitched rather than hand-stitched, but they are lighter than other models, making them easy to turn. They tend to be less supportive than other mattresses too, so are most suited to guest bedrooms or as children’s beds, where they are used occasionally or will need to be replaced regularly anyway.

Pocket spring mattress: This type of mattress is more luxurious, as it’s made from individual, small springs housed in their own pocket of fabric. This means each spring moves independently, providing more support than open spring mattresses. You can buy soft, medium or firm versions, depending on your preference, and they are more breathable than memory foam or latex mattresses (so ideal if you’re always getting too hot during the night). These are heavy to turn though, and can be filled with natural materials such as lambswool which may agitate allergies. This is a good option if you’re looking for a bed for two people, as the separate springs will cater for your different needs and weights, while they will also minimise the risk of you rolling towards your partner in the middle of the night.

Memory foam mattress: These more modern mattresses are made from memory foam, which is a mouldable material that also responds to temperature and weight, and has hypo-allergenic properties. This means it will mould to the shape of your body, absorb your weight and relieve pressure on your joints. Not everyone likes the sinking motion of this type of mattress, and it can get rather warm, but it’s ideal for those who need support or suffer from a bad back, as it will maintain posture and align your spine horizontally when sleeping on your side.

Hybrid: Drawing from a combination of materials that usually include memory foam, latex and pocket springs, hybrid mattresses are designed to give a more balanced sleeping experience. They often come with a pocket-sprung base and a memory foam top layer, providing both comfort and support – alleviating aches and pains by responding to your body’s shape.

Continuous and coil: A popular budget option, a continuous coil mattress is made from a single looped wire, while an open coil mattress is made from single springs fixed together with one wire. These are significantly cheaper than other mattress types, but be warned that with the attractive price tag comes the likelihood of these mattresses wearing out and sagging quickly. These mattresses also move around a lot with you as you sleep – as they are designed as one unit – so if you or your partner tosses and turns in the night, we’d suggest you consider other options.

Mattress firmness

How firm your mattress is will affect how well you sleep. The type of firmness you need will depend on your sleeping position, height and weight. Here we explain what level of firmness is best for what type of sleeper.

Soft: Side sleepers or those who change positions during the night are best suited to soft mattresses. This is because the way you sleep already relieves pressure from your spine so you want your mattress to mould to your body’s natural position.

Medium soft: This is ideal for those who change their sleeping position during the night, as it will still mould to your body position but provide a little more support.

Medium firm: This is best for people who sleep on their back as you require extra lower-back support, which this type of firmness offers.

Firm: This type of mattress is ideal for those who sleep on their front, are over 15 stone or suffer from back pain. This is because it will keep your back in a relatively comfortable and stable position without allowing you to sink into it as you sleep, which can cause lower-back pain.

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How to clean your mattress

How to clean your mattress

Mattresses are a large investment and should be cleaned regularly, especially considering you typically spend six or seven hours each night on yours. But how do you clean your mattress?

If you buy correctly, mattresses can be among the most expensive and longest lasting items in your home so it is best to take care of it by regularly cleaning it. Mattresses can harbour several types of unhygienic matter including dust mites, dead skin, dirt and other debris, especially if you do not use a mattress protector (these can be purchases in our showroom!).

Below, M6 Beds have compiled a guide to explain how you can effectively clean your mattress to keep it in tip-top shape.

Why do you need to clean a mattress?

Regardless of how often you change your bed linen, you must still give your mattress a thorough clean every so often – after all what’s the point in having lovely clean linen if you mattress is dirty.

Mattresses may not look unclean, but according to the Sleep Council, the average adult loses 285ml of fluid each night.

Humans also shed around 454g of dead skin during one year, most of which is left in one’s bed.

How often should you clean a mattress?

Cleaning schedules for mattresses differ based on the type of mattress and the individual sleeping on that mattress.

However, generally, it is suggested one cleans their mattress at least every three to six months.

Many experts believe mattresses should be vacuumed on a monthly basis and those with allergies should make sure to vacuum mattresses more often to remove dust and other allergens.

How to clean your mattress

If your mattress is stain-free, the cleaning process is uncomplicated and easy to complete quickly.

To clean a stain-free mattress you should strip your bed and wash the bed linen.

Begin cleaning your mattress by gently vacuuming the surface of the mattress using the upholstery attachment on your vacuum cleaner, making sure the attachment is clean before you begin.

You should be sure to go over any nooks and crannies thoroughly to ensure you pick up every last bit of dust and other debris.

Next, rotate your mattress from head to toe if it is one-sided, or flip it if its two sides.

Air your mattress for a few hours to allow the fabric to breathe, leaving the window open if possible to allow fresh air to circulate.

You can also steam clean your mattress.

You should begin by following the same guidance as above but adding this step before remaking the bed.

To do this you will need a garment steamer and using this tool you should go over the mattress holding the nozzle as close to the mattress fabric as you to help kill any dust mites lurking near the surface.

You should then vacuum the mattress again to remove these mites.

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How to wash your duvet (at home)

How to wash your duvet (at home)

A duvet can be made from down or synthetic fibres. A duvet is an insert that is placed inside a duvet cover, much like a pillow with a pillow cover. Our preference is a duvet with a duvet cover – you can then protect your duvet and wash the duvet cover with sheets – this is a great option for keeping your bedding as clean as possible.

FRESHEN UP YOUR DUVET

If you need to freshen up your duvet, simply put it in the dryer on low heat with three wool dryer balls or three clean tennis balls. Try to stop the dryer every 10 minutes or so to redistribute the duvet and then repeat for a total of 30-40 minutes. This fluffs up the duvet and redistributes the filling for a freshened up bed. If you are wanting to kill germs but not wash it, put the dryer on high heat and keep an eye on it, rotating every 5-10 minutes and dry for 30 minutes.

This may be a good option during this time and the fight against coronavirus!

Follow the directions on your duvets instructions

Most bedding has care direction labels on them – always check those labels before putting them in the washing machine or dryer.

Remove the duvet cover if you use one. You will want to use a gentle detergent and set your washer on delicate or gentle, with a cold water cycle as well as its largest capacity. After your washer has completed it’s cycle, run it through the rinse cycle again. This is to make sure that all the detergent is removed from the duvet or comforter. We would advise you run the spin cycle an extra time as well to remove any excess water and help the comforter or duvet dry a little more quickly.

Make sure your dry the duvet thoroughly

Once the duvet is washed and the excess water has been wrung out by spinning, you can now place it in the dryer. If duvet is made from synthetic materials, dry on a low to medium heat cycle and avoid any high heat. Down and natural materials can’t stand much heat, so set your dryer on air or low and allow them to dry thoroughly. If you would like to fluff up your duvet again, put a couple tennis balls in some socks and toss them in to agitate and return the fibers to their natural state. Stop the dryer every 30 minutes or so to rotate the pillows around to make sure that they dry thoroughly and evenly.

Once the cycle is complete and your duvet is dry shake this well and leave to air before making your bed back up!

 

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How and when to clean your mattress

How and when to clean your mattress

Even if your mattress always has a protector on top, routine care will help to keep it clean and comfortable for longer.

Did you know that on average we spend one third of our lives in bed? And that the average person sheds over 8 pounds of dead skin in a year, a lot of which is bound to end up in our beds.

Mattresses collect a lot of dead skin and dust mites over time, making them a breeding ground for bacteria.

Whilst it’s possible to strip off our bedsheets and mattress protector and pop them all in the washing machine, it’s not as easy to give your mattress a deep clean. That’s why it’s so important to protect your mattress by keeping up with routine cleaning and maintenance.

Routine cleaning– Running the hoover across the top and sides of your mattress after removing all bedding to be washed helps to remove dirt, dust, dust mites and other allergens.

Air it– Another great way of freshening up your mattress and removing allergens and bacteria is to get it outside and air it. Be extra careful that you choose a dry, sunny day as you don’t want your mattress getting wet. Dragging a mattress outside isn’t the quickest job, so if you only manage to do this once a year that’s fine. Stripping off bed sheets and opening bedroom windows wide can also help to air the mattress.

Stains – If you spill something on your mattress it’s best to tackle the stain as quickly as possible before it dries. Check the manufacturer’s instructions for advice before attempting to wash it. Try rubbing in a gentle solution of washing up liquid and water before moving on to anything stronger.

Smells – Baking soda can be used to deodorise and freshen up mattresses that have started to smell a little. Simply sprinkle baking soda over lightly and then use a clean brush to rub it in. Leave to sit for at least an hour, then hoover it all up again and it should take the bad smell with it.

For further advice on how to care for your mattress, read our mattress care guide.

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