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Video:Tips for Mattress Maintenance

with Amanda Sullivan

Proper mattress maintenance is extremely important in ensuring that you get a good night's rest year after year. Watch this About.com video for great tips on proper mattress maintenance.See Transcript

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Transcript:Tips for Mattress Maintenance

Hi, I'm Amanda Sullivan with ThePerfectDaughter.com, and I'm here for About.com with tips on mattress maintenance.

Flip Mattress Regularly for Mattress Maintenance

First thing you want to do is make sure you remember, at least twice a year, to flip or rotate your mattress. When you flip it, you want to turn the whole thing over, so the top is on the bottom, the bottom is on the top, your head and feet -- everything gets reversed. But when you rotate, this is for a mattress that says not to flip it, you're just going to turn 180 degrees, so that your head is where your feet were and your feet are where your head was. That way you don't build a groove in there that makes it uncomfortable. 

Use a Cover for Mattress Maintenance

The other thing you want to do is have a mattress cover. There are all different kinds -- you should wash it at least once a month. If you have kids, you might want to make it a waterproof mattress cover. But there are a lot of different options out there, but it should get washed not as often as your sheets but more often than you flip your mattress. 

Clean Regularly for Mattress Maintenance

The next thing you want to do is when you take off that mattress cover, give your mattress a little vacuum -- you don't have to spend a long, long time, but use the upholstery tool to get the whole surface of the mattress and use the crevice tool for the cord around the edge of the mattress.  So, you really want to get in there and get all of the dust mites and stuff that accumulates.

The next thing you want to do is if you get a spot or stain, use just a little bit of mild detergent and just a little bit of water -- you don't want to get it too wet, because water is not a friend of the mattress, and you can just spot clean the area and if it isn't drying quickly, if you got a little wetter than you wanted to, just put a fan on it and let it air dry for the afternoon. 

Additional Tips for Mattress Maintenance

And the last thing to remember is don’t let your kids jump on your mattress.  It's bad for the springs, it's bad for the integrity of the mattress, and your kids can get hurt. So, those are my tips for maintaining your mattress. For more information, go to About.com.

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