A good mattress, when well maintained and taken care of, will last through the decade. Therefore, if we have a better understanding of the characteristics of mattresses, with proper care, especially with natural latex mattresses, we will be able to enjoy the long term benefits of a good mattress. Here, we have some helpful points for your bed maintenance.
- Flip and rotate. While using your mattress, it is recommended to turn and rotate your mattress 180 degrees every 90 days. This will help to even out body impressions, which is a normal occurrence for any mattress.
- Avoid misuse. Kindly avoid any mishandling of the mattress such as jumping on the mattress or sitting on the edge of the mattress as it will deteriorate the components and affect its structural integrity and natural properties. Your mattress may have straps on the side, but they’re actually not made for carrying it. If you need to lift it completely, do so from underneath, and make sure to get several strong people to work together, lifting with their legs; only transport your mattress when it’s fully supported.
- Mattress protection. In addition to bed sheets, a mattress protector is recommended to avoid dirt, spills or stains which will be absorbed by the mattress ticking if not properly protected.
- Sheets and covers. When selecting sheets and covers for your bed, it is advisable to choose materials that are breathable for added comfort and to discourage mold development.
- Regular cleaning. Apart from frequent cleaning of your sheets and protectors, it is recommended to clean your mattress regularly (every 60 days) by vacuuming the surface of your mattress.
- Removing stains. Treat spills and stains as soon as possible by spot cleaning. Gently scrape away any soil or dab away liquid from the surface of fabric and wipe with a damp cloth using mild soap with warm water. Allow to dry thoroughly before reuse. Do not saturate the fabric or interior with water or other cleaning liquids and avoid using harsh cleaning chemicals.
- Supportive base. A strong and supportive bedframe, base or foundation is very important to ensure that your mattress is fully supported for warranty coverage. The legs and castors of the bed base are to be secured tightly in place at all times.
- 100% Natural Latex care. 100% Natural Latex is sensitive to direct sunlight, heat or light with a high U.V. content. You are advised not to expose your 100% Natural Latex products to conditions that may jeopardize the quality of the product and cause structural issues.
- Unwelcomed pests. There are several types of bugs and insects that may end up comfortably in your home, the most common being the bed bug. Visible to the naked eye, they are small, flat and oval-shaped. A common misconception about bed bugs is that the infestation starts from the bed; bed bugs are expert hitchhikers and are usually transported to homes via clothing, pets, backpacks, or luggage. Bed bugs are most commonly transported from hotels, as well as many other high traffic sources including cinemas. They tend to live in dark hiding places that provide them easy access to human that they can feed from. Common hiding places in the home can be in the bed, sofa, nightstand or even cracks in the wall. Insect pests such as fleas, mites, lice, worms and others could also end up in your home. It is strongly recommended to take immediate action and contact a pest control professional to safely, effectively, and most importantly, eliminate the infestation. Any delay with pest treatment may cause the infestation to grow and worsen.
Tips on preventing pests infestation:
- Check used items before purchasing and bringing it back to your home. Even harmless products like electronics or antiques can have perfect hiding spaces for insects.
- While travelling, use luggage racks to hold your luggage when packing or unpacking rather than setting your luggage on the bed or floor. Do check the bed for signs of bug infestation before settling in. And upon returning home, unpack directly into a washing machine and inspect your luggage carefully.
- Cinemas, store dressing rooms, restaurants and venues with cushioned seats or carpeted floors may also harbor unwelcomed pests. Avoid sitting or lying on your bed upon returning home from these public venues. Avoid placing your handbags, backpacks or luggage onto your furniture.
- Regularly vacuum your bedroom. Vacuuming your mattress, bedframe, carpeting and upholstered furniture removes surface dust which creates a less conducive environment for pests to inhabit.
- Wash all sheets, blankets, pillowcases and bedcovers in hot water that is at least 55 Celsius weekly. If bedding can’t be washed hot, put the items in the dryer for at least 15 minutes at a temperature above 55 Celsius.
- Certain pests thrive in humid conditions. If your home or room is at relative humidity at or above 70%, this encourages pests to eat, reproduce, and develop at alarming rates. With the aid of a dehumidifier or air conditioner, bring the relative humidity down to 50% or lower, this will create an environment unfriendly to moths, hordes of other insect pests, and sweat stains.
- Check your pet for fleas, ticks, bed bugs and other insects. Make sure to monitor the area where your pet sleeps, and inspect the bed and areas around the bed including toys. If possible, regularly wash the pet bed and toys on the highest heat and dryer settings.