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Once Upon a Mattress: How to Make Your Pricey Bed Last

Today we purchased a new mattress set for our son. I cringed as I handed over those crisp hundred dollar bills and immediately started to think of ways I was going to make it last as long as possible.

Here are some mattress-saving tips:

Don’t Jump: Turns out, Mom was right! Jumping on the bed is actually bad for it. It crushes and knocks the springs out of alignment.

Buy a Mattress Cover: Your mattress warranty says “prorated warranty.” That means as it gets stained from random accidents and spills, its value depreciates. If you seek a warranty refund on a stained mattress, you’ll get back significantly less than you paid. Purchase a new vinyl or specially-lined mattress cover. It helps protect against spills, which saves you time and ultimately money. An encasement specifically designed to keep out dust mites can also help with allergies.

Buy a Mattress Pad: Not only does it help protect against stains, but it keeps your mattress from getting indented from where you sleep on it.

Wash Covers: Both the mattress cover and the mattress pad should be frequently washed (in hot water). People shed skin cells and sweat while asleep. It will also help keep down the number of dust mites, which eat dead skin and, well, poop.

Flip and Rotate: Regularly shift your mattress. Think of it like rotating your tires. Your mattress is designed to last a certain period of time without being flipped or turned. If you flip and rotate your mattress on a schedule, it will wear more evenly. Check here for an awesome mattress flipping routine to keep you on track!

Use a Box Spring: Not only could you ruin the mattress faster, but your warranty could be completely voided. I asked several mattress companies, and their experts confirmed that many warranties are useless without the recommended box spring. A box spring is made to go with a specific mattress because it gives the mattress the support it needs in specific areas. Saving a few bucks today could cost you a lot more in the long run.

Don’t Use a Board: If you need a board, you need a new mattress.

Vacuum: If you vacuum your mattress, you can help clean up some of the dead skin cells that may be lurking on your bed. Those skin cells, along with other debris, can soil your mattress as well as invite mites that are allergens into your bed. Save yourself a trip to the doctor by running the vacuum over it after you take off your sheets to wash them.

Don’t Dry Clean: The chemicals in those cleaners could be harmful to the fabric. Obviously, you can’t wash your mattress, but use this recipe to help the mattress look brand new again. Simply combine 8 oz hydrogen peroxide, 3 tablespoons baking soda, and 1 drop of dish detergent into a spray bottle. Mist it onto the mattress and watch the stains disappear.

 This has been a guest post by August from Granite Falls, NC
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8 thoughts on “Once Upon a Mattress: How to Make Your Pricey Bed Last”

  1. rollerderbymama says:

    I love my Sleep Number mattress and it is the last mattress I will ever have to buy.  So, consider that when you are looking at the high cost.  You may have to replace the pump in 20 years, but they are on e-bay.  We bought the cheapest one and it has pleased both hubby (hard as a rock mattress lover) and me (hammock lover).  It is especially good during the last months of pregnancy when what you need changes nightly.

    We got a $100 discount after Christmas.  Also, there are coupons floating around.  If you know someone who purchased one recently, they may have a 20% referral coupon.

    Other bonuses – super easy to move.  Don’t pay for assembly.  Just have your Little Lego Lover help you put Tab A into Slot A and save assembly cost.

    The difference between the cheapest model and the most expensive are these 3 things:
    About $300!
    Cheap model has no number read-out.  You push the button up  if you want more air or down if you want less air.
    The more expensive model also has a piece of egg crate padding on it.  It is very easy to add one from the dollar store before you zip the mattress closed if you buy the cheaper model.  We have never needed the extra padding.

  2. Auntifuttrfly463 says:

    We just bought a memory foam matteress and love it! Any tips on the care or a memory foam?

    • Anonymous says:

      Yes–don’t let your husband tell you that it’s too hard to get out of and insist on getting rid of it for a Sleep Number. I never had a backache in my life until I gave away my memory foam, which I loved, and let him talk me into a SN. I actually dread going to bed at night knowing that I will hurt all night long.

    •  I would go by what the manufacturer wants you to do. They built it, so they know what’s best. But, you can also find all kinds of tips online from people that have had them and no more about them from a personal sense.

  3. LEOMrs. says:

    Does being tossed around like a rag doll by my husband count as jumping?

  4. Z1541480 says:

    Would it be possible to give advice on how to make your money go as far as it can when buying a new mattress?

    • August says:

      It depends on how you feel about mattresses in general. You can get brand new/almost new mattresses off websites like Craigslist (we got a twice used queen size mattress for $100 that looked awesome). But, if your dead set on a brand new one then you should look for close out deals, high school fund raisers (that’s where we just got ours for 50% off), or order from places like Groupon. If you want the best type of mattress then you should invet in a memory foam, because they don’t wear down as quickly and they come with great warranties (just don’t get a prorated for the reason I stated in the article). Hope that helps!