Month: March 2019

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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Which pillow suits my sleeping position?

Which pillow suits my sleeping position?

If you find yourself tossing and turning every night, or waking up feeling stiff every morning, it could be your pillow that’s to blame.

Whilst selecting the right mattress is very important to your health and comfort, your pillow can have just as much of an impact on your quality of sleep.

Choosing a pillow suited to your preferred sleeping position can dramatically improve your comfort.

Use our guide below to make sure you’re sleeping on a suitable pillow.

Back sleeper –Back sleepers will be most comfortable using a pillow of thin-medium thickness. Thick pillows can push your head too far forward when lying on your back, causing discomfort over time. Memory foam pillows are also a great option for back sleepers, as they mould to the shape of your neck to provide consistent support.

Stomach sleeper –Sleeping on your front isn’t recommended as it can put stress on your lower back, but if this is your preferred sleeping position a very thin and soft pillow, or no pillow at all will provide the most comfort. You may also benefit from placing a thin pillow under your stomach to prevent lower back pain.

Side sleeper –Side sleepers will get the best support from firm pillows of medium–high thickness, as elevating your head more will help to align your neck and spine. Side sleepers may also benefit from placing an extra pillow between their knees to prevent hip and back pain.

Mixture –A medium pillow provides a good compromise for those that move around a lot in the night.

Don’t forget to replace your pillow every 18 – 24 months for optimum comfort as pillows do tend to lose their shape over time.

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How and when should I flip or rotate my mattress?

How and when should I flip or rotate my mattress?

With proper care, your mattress should provide you with comfort and support for many years.

Whilst mattresses can be expensive, getting a good night’s sleep every night is priceless. To increase your mattress’ longevity, it’s important to care for it properly. One important aspect of caring for your mattressis rotating it, a task that should be completed routinely.

Why flip or rotate a mattress?

Regularly rotating and flipping your mattress keeps it in better condition for longer, helping it to provide you with the support you need for a comfortable night’s sleep.

Over time, your mattress may sag or develop an impression in the spot where you lay. By rotating your mattress, you spread out the wear, giving the space where you sleep some time to regain its shape again.

Should I flip, rotate, or both?

Whilst you can and should rotate most mattresses, not every mattress should be flipped. Many modern mattresses are now only one-sided, so check what kind of mattress you have before you attempt to flip it!

How to rotate your mattress

Mattresses that are slept on every night should be rotated once every 3 months, whilst less frequently used mattresses, like those on guest beds, can get away with being rotated once every 6-12 months.

To rotate your mattress, begin by removing all sheets, duvets and pillows from the bed and clearing the space around your bed.  Now turn the mattress 180 degrees so the head end is now at the bottom of the bed.

How to flip a mattress

If your mattress is double-sided, you should rotate your mattress 180 degrees at the same time as flipping it over.

View our full range of mattresses and give our team of experts a call on 01270 879 379 if you have a question about how to care for any of our products.

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5 reasons you need a mattress protector

5 reasons you need a mattress protector

Covering your mattress with a mattress protector is key to keeping it clean and hygienic, as well as increasing its longevity.

As careful as we try to be with our mattresses, sleeping on them every night makes getting them dirty unavoidable, and they’re not the easiest items to clean.

Mattress protectors are affordable, practical and comfortable, so popping one over your mattress as a precaution is a bit of a no-brainer.

What is a mattress protector?

Mattress protectors are simply fitted directly over the top of your mattress in the same way as a fitted sheet.

Usually made using cotton, polyester or lycra, most mattress protectors are designed to be liquid-resistant, comfortable and breathable.

Why use a mattress protector?

A mattress protector will stop an accident from damaging or staining your mattress, increasing its longevity and making your investment go further.

Mattress protectors are effective at protecting from:

Dust mites– There are some dire stats out there about dust mites and your bed. It is said that a used mattress contains somewhere between 100,000 and 10 million dust mites! A mattress protector creates a barrier between you and then. However, if you suffer from a dust mite allergy you may be better off looking for an anti-allergy barrier cover.

Bacteria– Whilst spills can be wiped and scrubbed away, it’s not easy to deep cleanse a mattress. And with the average person spending one third of their life in bed, it’s easy to see how bacteria can quickly build up. A mattress protector slows down the process and creates a barrier.

Bodily fluids– You’ll be particularly glad of your mattress protector for times when you or another family member are unwell. Protect your mattress from becoming smelly from excessive sweating or vomiting. This is particularly relevant if you have a baby or young child in the house.

Spills– A relaxing cup of tea or breakfast in bed can end in disaster if you spill something without a mattress protector in place.

Allergens– If you suffer from allergies or have very sensitive skin, then you’ll need to take extra care to stop your bed collecting too many dust mites and other allergens. A mattress protector not only acts as a barrier, it can also be whipped off along with your bed sheets and regularly washed clean of allergens.

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

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