Treat your new mattress right, and it will provide you with a decade or more of comfort. A mattress is something you’ll use everyday — it pays to take a little extra time to give it the care it deserves. Fortunately, mattresses are not a high-maintenance item. They do, however, require a small amount of cleaning and upkeep to ensure they continue to deliver reliable service. Here’s what you need to know about caring for your mattress:

• Use clean sheets and new pads: Sheets should be changed at regular intervals to prevent sweat and grime from becoming trapped between them and your mattress. Investing in a high-quality mattress cover is a great way to prevent stains and sweat from accumulating. Look for one that is machine-washable and be sure to clean it regularly.

• Keep it dry: Moisture build-up creates the perfect conditions for mold growth. One of the best things you can do to care for a new mattress is to keep it dry. Use liquid cleaners sparingly, and make sure you take care of stains and spills as quickly as possible.

• Air it out and deodorize it regularly: If possible, regularly air out your mattress in the sunlight — the UV rays will kill bacteria and odors. You can also deodorize your mattress by sprinkling baking soda over the surface. Let it sit for 30 minutes before vacuuming it up using the upholstery brush attachment. This will both get rid of smells and take care of any crumbs, hair and invisible debris that can aggravate nighttime allergies.
• Use a sturdy frame: All mattresses require adequate support to prevent sagging. A high-quality bed frame will ensure pressure is evenly distributed and prevent the mattress from sagging over time. Similarly, don’t let kids jump on your mattress, as this will cause it to wear out prematurely.

• Rotate your mattress: Regular rotation is an important part of mattress care. Rotating prevents sagging and bowing caused by uneven distribution of sleeper weight. Rotate at least once a month, if not more frequently.

• Don’t use a board: Many people will try to extend the life of their purchase by placing a wooden board between the box spring and the mattress. However, today’s mattresses aren’t designed to accommodate this extra pressure — ongoing use of a board will actually make the problem worse over time.

• Invest in quality: The best thing you can do to improve your sleep is to invest in the highest-quality mattress you can afford. Mattresses are one purchase where spending the extra money is worth it — set your budget carefully and don’t be afraid to pay more for a mattress that’s really comfortable.

At Dr Snooze, we’re matching people with the best mattresses for their budget every day. Call, email or visit our Ocala showroom in person today to learn more.