All mattresses should be protected with a waterproof and dust-mite proof protective covering on the mattress top. Mesh side panels will allow the mattress to breath and stay fresh.
Our mattress is where we spend most of our lives, one-third, actually. And during that time, we go through a series of involuntary physical bodily functions, such as snoring and drooling, sweating, and sloughing off dead skin cells. It has been documented that humans excrete one half a liter of perspiration during their sleep cycle. Some gets absorbed by our clothing and our sheets. We also shed our expired skin cells every minute of every day. These cells, as well as perspiration, have a way of passing through our clothing and bed sheets and making their way into our mattress.
Your mattress and pillow may very well be the filthiest item in your entire household. Just think of the bacteria brewing with moist fibers and dust mites. That thought alone may give you nightmares! We wash our clothes and our bedding, but our mattress cannot be washed. We need to protect the most intimate object in our lives. Your mattress needs a water-proof and dust-mite proof barrier. You want to protect your mattress from becoming infested with your bodily discharge. Yet, we do want our mattress to breathe and stay fresh. This is accomplished with a mattress protector covering whose top surface is a barrier, and whose sides are breathable, such as a mesh material. The double action of penetration barrier on top and aeration on the sides provides the perfect balance of mattress maintenance.
Spinning a mattress every 6 months (especially if partners are of different body types) will insure more uniform depression.
In addition to mattress hygiene, we need to protect against uneven pressure on the mattress. Just as tires need to be rotated on your car, a mattress should be spun around if one side is taking in more abuse or pressure than the other. That is, if one partner is of significant weight and body structure difference, the mattress should be spun around at least every six months, preferably less. This way, the mattress will experience equal wear on both sides.
Besides our homes and cars and education, our mattress may very well be one of our biggest purchases. It is a financial investment in our health and well-being. Protecting it is insurance to a healthier and more productive existence. We are only as good during the day as our previous night’s sleep. The better we sleep, the better we are. Slumbering free of breathing in allergens and bacteria will maximize our rejuvenating hours.
Many retailers offer to remove your old mattress set upon delivery of the new one. Most times this is a free service. Mattresses should be recycled and not wind up in a landfill. Visit MattressRecyclingCouncil.org for information on how to dispose of a mattress in your area.