Last Updated: April 2017
Taking care of a memory foam mattress is quite unlike caring for a cumbersome spring mattress. Spring mattresses are heavy, bulky and require such frequent cleaning, flipping and rotating that they often create more work than they are worth to begin with. Mattress care for a memory foam mattress is very different in a very pleasant way: it is simply less work.
Care Upon Arrival
The most care that you will have to provide your memory foam mattress will occur upon its arrival to your home. Opening the mattress itself is a job—not because it requires a lot of work, but because it requires plenty of careful patience. You may have to stand back, as many memory foam products are known to expand quickly once they exit their boxes. After you place your foam on your bed, it may need to be left alone for up to two days to fully expand as well as air out. This helps eliminate any unwanted odors left over from the packaging.
Patience is the important thing to keep in mind when it comes to airing out your mattress. Most mattresses come with instructions that explain how many hours you need to let your mattress expand before using it. If you follow these instructions carefully, you should be able to enjoy the product at its full depth in the number of days indicated. Be sure to note the time frame you have for opening the product as well, since many products call for opening within 72 hours of delivery.
Rotating Your Mattress
Unlike a typical spring mattress, a memory foam mattress should never be flipped over. Instead of adding to the life of your mattress, this has a counter effect and can damage your mattress. The reason for this is that memory foam is designed with specific layers that contour to your body. When you flip the mattress, it reverses the layers, detracting from the usefulness and comfort of the mattress. You can, however, rotate your mattress as often as you prefer to help it retain its shape for a longer period.
Cleaning Your Mattress
Instructions provided in your mattress package should always be followed when cleaning your mattress. Each memory foam mattress is slightly different and may call for a different cleaning method than the next. Some cleaning agents may also harm certain types of foam. No matter which product you own, you should clean it immediately as memory foam should not get wet if at all possible. Many memory foam mattresses do come with convenient covers to help prevent the foam itself from getting wet. These covers are simple to remove and can often be laundered in your home with the rest of your wash.
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Exchanging your old mattress for a new memory foam model is not only better for your pressure points, your sleeping habits and your health, but also for cleaning routine. Owning a memory foam mattress should help reduce the amount of work you put into tidying on a daily basis, giving you more time for the things that matter in your life—like enjoying your new mattress.
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