The Do's and Don'ts of Mattress Care
- Keep fire and flame away. You can improve bedroom safety by keeping ignition sources away from your sleep set.
- Never put a board between the mattress and foundation.
- Out with the old. Now that you’ve treated yourself to a new sleep set, arrange to have your old set removed and disposed of or recycled.
- Use a protective pad. A good quality, washable mattress pad (and one for the foundation, too, if you like) is a must to keep your set fresh and free from stains.
- Let it breathe. If you detect a slight new-product odor, leave the mattress and foundation uncovered and well ventilated for a few hours. A breath of fresh air should do the trick!
- Give your mattress a good support. Be sure to use a sturdy, high-quality bed frame. If it's a full size queen-size or king-size set, make sure your frame has the strong center support that will prevent bowing or breakage.
- Don't remove the tag. Contrary to popular belief, it's not illegal for you to remove the law tag, but the information on the label will serve as a means of identification should you have a warranty claim.
- Don't bend or fold. Unless a mattress is made entirely of soft material, such as foam, or is specially built to be folded, it probably has a rigid border wire inside that isn't meant to be bent.
- Don't dry clean. The chemicals in dry cleaning agents/spot removers may be harmful to the fabric or underlying materials. Vacuuming is the only recommended cleaning method for most mattresses. But if you're determined to tackle a stain, use mild soap with cold water and apply lightly. Don't ever soak a mattress or foundation.
- Turn regularly. When new, some types of mattresses should be turned and rotated every few weeks to help smooth out contours. After a few months, turn and rotate twice a year to help equalize the wear and tear than normally occurs. Occasionally rotating the foundation from end to end is probably good idea, too. Not all mattresses need this type of care, however, so check with the store to find out what is best for your particular mattress.
- Don't mishandle. If your mattress has handles, don't use them to support the full weight of the mattress. They may pullout and damage the fabric. Typically, handles are designed to help you position the mattress over the foundation.

Last Update: 01-Aug-2012