Caring for your bed - Prolong the life of your mattress

Bed Buyers' Guide

However, like most new products, useful life-span depends on the amount of tender loving care the bed receives throughout its life.

Here are a few things to remember when you get your new bed home:

Do not bend or roll your new mattress. It will permanently damage the spring unit and invalidate any warranties or guarantees.

Body shaped impressions are normal. Impression marks – sometimes known as settlement – are a normal characteristic of quality mattresses working as intended to conform to the shape of your body. These will be minimised with regular turning. Find out more.


Let the mattress breathe. Like a new car, a new bed may initially have a ‘new’ smell about it. This will eventually disperse if well aired.

Getting used to your new bed. Your body will take a while to adjust to sleeping on a new surface, so don’t worry if your new bed doesn’t immediately meet your expectations. Give it time – it could take a few weeks.
Turn your mattress regularly. Unless you have bought a non-turn (which has been specifically designed not be turned but must still be rotated), it is important that you turn your mattress from end to end and side to side every week for the first few months and thereafter about every three months. This will prolong the life-span of your mattress and minimise impression marks.

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