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How to make your mattress more comfortable

Let’s face it: Buying a mattress is a commitment. If you hate your mattress and constantly wake up tired and achy, then we definitely recommend buying a new one - it’s not worth the pain!

But if you’re set on keeping your mattress and think it just needs some tweaks to make it more comfortable, here are some tips that can help.

Tip #1: Clean Your Mattress

Did you know that the cleanliness of your mattress directly affects your sleep? Mattresses collect sweat, stains, dead skin (ew), dust mites (ew ew) and dirt. This gunk can seep into your mattress and stay there until a good cleaning.

For a deep clean, remove all bedding and move the mattress off the box spring (if you have one). Get out your vacuum with an upholstery attachment, and clean the top of the mattress.

Wash the bedding and mattress cover - if you don’t have a mattress cover, get one. It’s a great way to avoid stains and dirt, and you can wash it once a month in your washing machine. Also vacuum the bed frame, including footboard and headboard. Wipe the hard surfaces with a damp cloth.

Tip #2: How to make a mattress firmer

Have a box spring? Get rid of it. Instead, install a sheet of plywood or rows of closely spaced wooden slats on the bed frame and rest the mattress directly on the platform. The wooden slats will allow the mattress to breathe.

Another way to firm up the mattress is to replace the box spring. If a box spring has lost its tension and allows the mattress to give or sag, then it’s time for a new one. This is an easy fix and cost-effective since box springs are fairly inexpensive.

Putting a solid sheet of thin wood between the mattress and box spring can also help firm up your mattress. Make sure you clean it though and flip it often since the wood will not allow the mattress to breathe and could develop moisture and mold problems.

Tip #3: How to make your mattress softer

Rotate or flip the mattress.

Purchase a pillow-top cover. There are many different kinds of toppers out there, so make sure you find the right one for you. Memory foam mattress toppers, for instance, mold to the shape of your body and can help relieve pressure points. There’s also featherbed mattress toppers that provide excellent support and are filled with natural feathers.

Warm up your mattress. Memory foam mattresses, for example, are sensitive to temperature, therefore they feel firmer in cooler temperatures but soften in warmer temperatures. Adjusting the temperature in your room can work miracles on your firm mattress. If you prefer a cooler room, consider using a gently heated pad on the mattress.

Break it in. Have your kids been dying to jump on the bed? Now may be a good time to do just that. Breaking in a mattress that is naturally firm will help soften it up.


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