1. Rotate (and flip) your mattress.
Sleeping on the same side of your bed night after night for years at a time can place undue pressure on your mattress, causing it to sag prematurely, and leading to loss of proper spinal support. To prevent this from happening, it is recommended that you flip your mattress onto its opposite side at least every six months – and rotate it every three.
2. Clean your mattress regularly.
Even if you regularly wash your sheets, your mattress can still absorb dust, dirt and bacteria; the slow build-up over time could cause your mattress to deteriorate – and lead to some serious health risks. Fortunately, this problem comes with a simple solution: baking soda! Sprinkle on – and then vacuum – no more than a pinch to help absorb and eliminate environmental toxins in your mattress.
3. Use a protective mattress covering.
If you do not have a protective layer between the sheets you sleep on and the mattress itself, then all the work you have put into cleaning and vacuuming your mattress will mean nothing! Either a thin covering or thick pad will get the job done – but go with thick if you also want extra cushioning.
Quality mattress bases, like box springs, foundations and bunky boards, do not just lift your mattress above ground – they actually help to preserve its shape by providing a flat, sturdy surface that will not give in with use.