Thank you Serta for providing us with these 10 Mattress Care Tips! To see the original list, visit Serta’s website. And please, don’t hold Serta responsible for the somewhat ridiculous explanations and commentary, while they made the list, the comments are my own.
- It’s normal to have an adjustment period when you purchase a new mattress. This can be anywhere from 1-4 weeks, until your body gets used to the new (and better) support system. Just give it time, and you’ll most likely love it!
- Mattress foams and fibers wear over time, so make sure that you rotate your mattress. Also along these lines, body impressions (slight depressions in the padding of the mattress) are totally normal, and do not make the bed defective. This will happen regardless of the price that you pay for the mattress. Just like your couch may have a rear end shaped depression where you always sit, or your shoes have compressed where your heel is, mattresses are not designed to be perfectly flat and fluffy forever.
- Serta recommends purchasing a matching foundation (box spring) or adjustable base when you purchase your mattress. 99% of the time, I agree with them. If you just purchased a new foundation, that is the proper support for the mattress, then I don’t see why you’d need to buy a new one. But don’t tell them I said so.
- Make sure that you have a supportive bed frame. With a center support. That’s the correct size for your bed. Buy a good frame, it can be the difference between having a mattress for 5 years or 15 years.
- Uh, don’t bend your mattress. Don’t roll it, don’t fold it, don’t be stupid. Enough said.
- Let it breathe when new. This one makes sense to me, and I had really never thought about it before. The materials are new, and have been sealed in the mattress bag plastic for at least a few days, maybe a few months. Let it air out before putting on your mattress protector and sheets. Thanks Serta, for reminding me that I really don’t know it all!
- Protect your mattress. Serta recommends vacuuming it once a year, but if you have a dust mite proof mattress pad, you don’t really need to. Do make sure that your protector is adequate, and that you’re not spilling things on the mattress.
- Launch yourself into this century and stop putting a board between your mattress and foundation. They are unnecessary and can do more harm than good for both your mattress and your back.
- Make sure your sheets fit your mattress well. Don’t smash a pillow top into regular pocket sheets, and don’t put a thinner mattress into a 22″ fitted sheet. There’s nothing better than a clean, crisp, well fitting sheet.
- Don’t tear off the law tag. If you ever have a warranty issue with the mattress, you MUST have the info on that tag.
Thanks Serta for all the great tips, and for letting me put my two cents in!
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