Tuesday 5 December 2023

5 Expert care tips for your memory foam mattress

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AD: Memory foam is one of the most durable mattress materials, with its viscoelastic properties ensuring it returns to its original shape despite its high density – just as perfect for your bed as it is for cushioning on NASA spacecraft. 

The average lifespan for memory foam mattresses is five to eight years, although some feel like new after a decade. A lot depends on the layers beneath the memory foam, with springs and bonded foams more likely to fail than memory foam. 

Thankfully, it doesn’t take a rocket scientist to look after a memory foam mattress. Take five steps, and you’ll be on your way to years of use: 

Let the mattress expand before use 

When your compressed, vacuum-sealed mattress arrives, you’ll be eager to start catching up on sleep. But hold off just a bit longer. 

Memory foam needs a day or two to fully expand after being unboxed. If weight is put on top too soon, it can compact the foam unevenly right from the beginning. 

For at least the first few hours, resist the temptation to take an inaugural nap or make the bed. Just let your new mattress inflate entirely on its own. After 24-48 hours, it should reach maximum loft and be ready for a long, useful life. 

Invest in a waterproof mattress protector 

Liquids are the natural enemy of memory foam. A spill that seeps inside can fester, breed mould, create lumps, and shorten your mattress’s lifespan. Shield it with a fitted waterproof protector from Day 1. 

The protective barrier will keep all moisture safely on top of the surface. Look for a breathable style made from bamboo or other fabric that allows airflow so heat and humidity don’t get trapped underneath. 

Mattress protectors also defend against other lifespan-limiting issues like allergens and dust mites. For maximum security, put one on both sides of a double-sided mattress. 

Rotate regularly to even out the wear 

To keep it in top condition and wearing evenly, rotate your memory foam mattress head-to-toe every 2-3 months. However, don’t flip it over, as the layers are engineered purposely. 

Turn it 180 degrees so the head part that gets more use takes turns being at the foot. This easy rotation distributes compression in a balanced way, preventing permanent indentations from forming only in certain spots. 

Keeping the wear nice and even will let your mattress retain its original supportive shape much longer. Set phone reminders to help you remember. 

Let it air out and dry before putting on fresh bedding 

Moisture shortens mattress lifespans and encourages mould, even without a significant spill. That’s why letting your memory foam air out fully regularly is critical. 

Remove all bedding so air can circulate completely around and through the mattress at least once a week for at least 30-60 minutes. Open windows, run fans or use a dehumidifier to whisk humidity away faster. 

After cleaning day accidents or spills, thoroughly dry the spot with fans, room heat, and patience before remaking the bed — never put bedding atop damp spots. Letting all moisture dissipate keeps your mattress fresh and functional for years of restful sleep. 

Use a firm or soft mattress topper 

Sometimes, a mattress that felt perfect in the showroom starts feeling too soft or firm after months of use at home. Or your comfort needs change over time. Replacing the whole mattress is unnecessary before it’s worn out! Add an easy fix: a detachable memory foam mattress topper in a softer or firmer density. 

Using mattress toppers extends a mattress’s lifespan by refreshing the comfort until you’re ready for complete replacement. Thicker toppers of at least 2-3 inches make more impact - experiment with different densities to see what works for you. 


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