Bed Care Guide
By taking a little extra care and looking after all of your new bed in your waking hours, you can rest assured that it will support and take care of you while you sleep.
Here's how to enjoy your new bed to the full:
Remember, placing a new mattress on an old base can be a false economy. For example, a platform or hard-top divan base will make a soft mattress feel hard. Read all of the manufacturer's care guides and the labels attached, as most give guidance on the materials and support systems in your bed. Once your new bed is in place and the packaging removed, let it air for a short while before putting on your mattress protector and bed linen. It may feel a little strange sleeping on your new bed at first. Don't worry – it just takes time for your body to adjust to a new level of support and comfort. You'll soon be enjoying a more relaxed sleep.
Taking Care of Your Mattress
Turn down your bedding each morning to allow the mattress to air. When changing your bedding, brush your mattress with a soft brush – don't vacuum it. Use a mattress protector to protect your guarantee, avoid stains and smells and keep your mattress in perfect condition. Treat stains and spills immediately. Don't saturate the fabric with liquid and never use detergent or a hard brush, as they can damage the material and stitching. Allow the mattress to air gently, away from direct heat. Avoid sitting on the edge of the bed for long periods as this can damage the springing/support systems. Avoid standing or jumping on your mattress. It will break down the internal construction and can cause the mattress to collapse. Unless it states otherwise, turn your mattress every fortnight for the first six months. After that, turn it at least every four weeks. Stick to a routine where you turn first end-to-end, and then upside down in regular rotation. For mattresses with a combination of spring tensions, you will have to change sides unless you turn them over from head to foot. Some mattresses are described as 'no need to turn'. This means turning is not a regular requirement. We still recommend that you do turn and rotate from time to time. Others are described as 'non-turn'. This means there is no need to flip them over, but you should still rotate them from head to foot regularly. Turning a double mattress is a 2 person job. Keep it flat or on one side and use the handles to carry the load evenly.
Caring for Frames and Storage Structures
Check all bolts, screws, legs and castors regularly to make sure they haven't loosened. When buying a bedstead with a mattress, use a mattress pad over the wooden bedstead slats. This will reduce wear on the mattress cover and impede the transfer of tiny splinters. A mattress pad is a natural product that allows the mattress fillings to air or 'breathe'. Only use storage drawers in divan beds to carry lightweight items such as pillows, duvets, and linen. Heavier items like books or toys could cause them to collapse, or distort the drawers and pull them off their runners.