Like most new products, useful life-span depends on the amount of tender loving care the bed receives throughout its life.
Here are a few things to remember when you get your new bed home:
Turn your mattress regularly. Unless you have bought a non-turn (which has been specifically designed not to be turned but must still be rotated), it is important that you turn your mattress from end to end and side to side every week for the first few months and thereafter about every three months. This will prolong the life-span of your mattress and minimise impression marks.
Follow this guide to ensure your mattress fillings settle properly.
Protect your mattress. No matter how dainty you are, when you sleep, you sweat. In fact, some people can lose as much as 250 grams of water every night! Your mattress soaks up this moisture every night and, over time, can attract dust mites. Unfortunately, we can’t pop our mattress into the washing machine. But, we can wash a mattress protector. So it’s a good idea to put a mattress protector on your brand new mattress. A good mattress protector should prevent most of the sweat from seeping into the mattress, plus it helps to protect it from other stains.
Body shaped impressions are normal. Impression marks – sometimes known as settlement – are a normal characteristic of quality mattresses working as intended to conform to the shape of your body. These will be minimised with regular turning.
Getting used to your new bed. Your body will take a while to adjust to sleeping on a new surface, so don’t worry if your new bed doesn’t immediately meet your expectations. Give it time – it could take a few weeks.
Don’t drag or push your bedframe around!! In our experience this is the number one reason for damaged to bedframes. Quality bed frames are heavy and if they need to be moved to a new position pushing or sliding them can put pressure on the bolts or centre post and cause damage. We recommend you take the mattress off the frame and lift the bed into the new position ensuring all parts of the frame are aligned properly and any loose bolts or screws retightened before putting the mattress back on.
Looking after your wooden bed frame Wood naturally mellows with age, so the shade of your wooden bed frame will gradually change over time. Want your frame to last? Stop your little ones jumping on the bed as the impact can put a lot of strain on a bed frame – particularly the wooden slats that support the mattress. Check the slats from time to time, giving them a quick dust and looking out for lose screws to tighten if necessary.
Keeping your fabric bed frame looking its best. To make sure your divan or upholstered bed frame stays at its best, don’t overload or overfill the underneath storage. It can cause the base of the bed frame to cave in and even break. Check the recommended weight for your bed’s storage before filling the space. Vacuum your fabric bed frames and headboard gently to avoid dust build up. Brush lose fluff away first, then use a specific vacuum attachment for those hard-to-reach nooks and crannies in your headboard. Spotted a stain? Don’t wash the fabric – it’ll be difficult to dry and you might cause more damage. Instead, gently blot the stain away with a damp cloth but avoid rubbing, which can weaken the fabric. Upholstered headboards are at risk of dirt marks and oil stains, so prop up a couple of pillows behind you when resting against it to protect the fabric.