Budget-Friendly Ways to Keep Your Mattress Longer
Dylan Foster - Founder and Writer, Healthwellwise
If your mattress is old or dirty, it can have a significant impact on your well-being, as an old mattress is more likely to cause aches and pains. Every night you sleep on your mattress, your body expels skin cells, dirt, and sweat. Dust mites make their homes in dirty mattresses, where they can live off dead skin cells and debris. A lumpy or uncomfortable mattress leads to tossing and turning that contribute to sleep deprivation and its many side effects.
Knowing all of this, you probably want to throw out your mattress and get a new one ASAP. However, there’s no need to dole out hundreds, even thousands, of dollars just yet. A new mattress can last up to 10 years with proper support, protection, and maintenance.
How to Deep Clean Your Mattress
If you already have a vacuum with an upholstery attachment or a hand vac, you have everything you need to clean an unstained mattress. Vacuuming up debris before opening the windows to let the fresh air is a quick and easy way to refresh a mattress. But if your mattress has stains, smells, or it hasn’t been cleaned in at least six months, you want to do a deep clean. This requires your vacuum along with a box of baking soda, enzyme stain remover, and your favorite essential oils. Save money on these everyday items by searching for weekly sales and deals on common household goods from stores like Walmart so you get the best price every time.
Cleaning your mattress is also a great excuse to wash your linens, blankets, and mattress pads. You should be washing your sheets at least every other week, but your mattress only needs to be cleaned about once every three to four months. Many people like to do the chore with the change of the seasons to stay consistent.
- After stripping the mattress, remove any surface debris with the vacuum.
- Using the instructions, apply an enzyme stain remover to get rid of spots.
- Add a couple of drops of your favorite essential oil to a box of baking soda.
- Sprinkle the entire box of baking soda over the mattress. Rigorously massage the baking soda into the mattress with your hands.
- Let the baking soda sit for at least an hour to absorb odors and moisture. Open the windows and let in fresh air while you wait.
- Once ready to dress the bed, vacuum up any excess baking powder before replacing the mattress protector and linens.
More Mattress Maintenance and Money-Saving
If your bed doesn’t provide a supportive and level platform for your mattress, the areas that get the most use can start to sag and lumps can being to form in the materials. For older beds, you need to invest in a box spring that offers height and support. However, you can also try a platform bed that provides support without a box spring -- it really depends on your tastes. Whatever you decide, compare prices and find daily deals and cashback offers with Amazon to save more on these big purchases.
A good mattress protector will also extend the life of your bed. Mattress protectors ward off moisture and dirt and to do that they are often made of plastic or vinyl materials that are up to such tasks. These protectors are effective, but they aren’t very comfortable. It may behoove those who like a cozy bed to invest in an additional mattress topper that provides comfort and an extra layer of protection. You can find both of these mattress essentials delivered to your door, but remember to take advantage of sales and promo codes from stores like Target.
Keeping your mattress clean and in good shape means it can last for years. Give your mattress a deep clean at the change of each season. You can protect it in-between cleanings with proper support and a mattress protector. Whatever you do, always price compare before buying these items and use promo codes to save big bucks on major purchases.