Adults sleep approximately seven hours a day, 49 hours a week and 588 hours a year. That’s a lot of time we spend in bed and on our mattress. On average, we spend 24.5 years of our life in bed.

We always get questions on how to take correct care of a mattress to maximise its lifespan and keep it clean and healthy. It always depends on what kind of mattress you have, a spring mattress will differ from a latex mattress, which again is different to a cold foam mattress. Nevertheless, we have some helpful tips that should provide a guide for general mattress care.

Use a mattress protector

No matter what kind of mattress you have, a mattress protector is usually a good investment. It protects the mattress from damage and soiling and as usually mattresses themselves are not easily washable, that can go a long way. If you are opting for a natural non-toxic mattress, make sure to choose a matching protector with the same benefits.

Keep your mattress clean

When you make your bed or wash your mattress protector, make sure to free your mattress of dust and mites. Some materials are pronged to dust mites, so it helps to choose a mattress that isn’t. Natural latex is known to be naturally hypo-allergenic and is not pronged to collecting dust, so it’s considered the easiest to keep clean. Giving your mattress a regular vacuum should usually be enough to keep it clean. Some people try to beat down the mattress in the hopes to get out any nasties. This actually hardly effects the cleanliness and can damage the mattress layers so be careful!

Air circulation is key

You should always ensure a good air circulation in the bedroom and also directly around your mattress. Sleeping with the window open is not only healthy and good for your immune system, it optimises the ventilation in the bedroom. In addition, it’s always best to use a slatted base for your mattress to make sure air circulates well around the mattress and things don’t get too hot at night.

Flip your mattress and know when you need a new one

How often you have to flip your mattress and how often you should replace your mattress depends on what kind of mattress you have. If you’re unsure, ask your manufacturer for their advice. On average, mattresses should be flipped once or twice a year and be replaced every 8 years. The beauty of natural latex mattresses is that they have the longest lifespan on the market. With the correct care they can easily last up to 20+ years while staying healthy and safe. It’s the most sustainable option out there and an investment that is worth it! With the Una mattress it’s enough to flip the layer you’re sleeping on once a year, making it hassle free. Try it now!