Did you know that we spend over a third of our lives in bed? That’s longer than we spend sitting on the sofa, sat in our favourite chair or in our cars. But we pay surprisingly little attention to the mattress that we will spend so much time lying on! A good mattress should support our bodies perfectly in the upmost comfort so we wake refreshed and ready to face the day. As we’re all different sleeping on the perfect mattress every night means selecting the correct one that suits your needs, this guide will help you do just that.

Making your mattress last as long as possible

A well cared for mattress can be expected to last for up to 10 years. To help you get the best from your new mattress we recommend purchasing a mattress topper or mattress protector. Not only will this increase the comfort of your mattress, it will also protect it from day-to-day spills. We also recommend turning your mattress on a regular basis to ensure your weigh is evenly distributed through its lifetime, prolonging its longevity and your comfort. Read on to learn more about caring for your new mattress.

Mattress toppers

A mattress topper is a great way to increase the comfort and support of a mattress. It is a removable layer of material, often memory foam that is placed on to the mattress. Toppers are used to add ‘softness’ to a firmer mattress without reducing the overall level of support, vice versa one can be used to add firmness to a soft mattress.

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  • Secures fillings
  • Creates firm feel

Mattress protectors

Mattress protectors are designed to keep your mattress protected from dirt, dust, spills and anything else that you wouldn't want near where you sleep. After all, you can't wash your mattress, but you can wash a mattress protector - keeping your bed fresh and clean all year long. If you have pesky pets that like to snuggle up with you, a mattress protector will also help keep mites and bugs at bay. If you want to make sure your mattress has a long and healthy life, investing in a mattress protector is a great idea.

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  • Creates smooth surface
  • Commonly use in open spring construction

Turning your mattress

At Dreams we recommend trying to air your mattress on a weekly basis by turning back your covers. Open and pocket spring mattresses should be turned regularly to avoid compression and dips caused by body weight. You do not need to turn memory foam or latex mattresses - but rotating it length ways will prolong its life.

The easiest way to see if a mattress should be turned is to see if it has handles on both sides, this will mean it is double sided and you can sleep on both slides. You should turn you mattress head to toe and side to side to make sure that it wears evenly.

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  • Extra layer of material
  • Increases height of mattress

General tips

After your mattress is delivered we recommend that you air it for 4 hours to freshen and remove any aroma from storage. You should also give some time for your mattress filling to settle. You can sleep on it whilst this happens, but don't worry if your mattress feels slightly different after a few of night's sleep.

When you remove your bedding for washing it’s a good opportunity to let you mattress air for half an hour or more. We also recommend that you vacuum it every month or two, take care not to damage the outer surface as this can be fairly delicate.

If you ever need to move or store you mattress you should never fold it as this can damage the interior construction and will reduce the quality of the comfort and support. Your mattress will generally be supplied with care and cleaning instruction from the manufacturer but we recommend using a very mild and non harsh detergent if you need to remove any stains or spills.

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  • Cool fresh properties
  • Luxurious feel