One of the best things about owning a memory foam mattress is that it is a very low-maintenance product that will give you a decade or more of superior comfort and support. But low maintenance is not the same as no maintenance, so a minimum amount of care is required in order to ensure your mattress performs as expected. How many of these memory foam mattress care tips are already a part of your regimen?
- Use the right bed base. Not every type of bed base is suitable for a memory foam mattress. In general, you want to choose a foundation that is sturdy, well ventilated, and of course undamaged. An adjustable slatted bed base is ideal, as it not only allows for plenty of airflow but can also be raised in the head or foot sections for customized comfort. Solid wood or metal bed bases are also suitable for memory foam mattresses.
- Rotate the mattress regularly. You probably already know that unlike standard mattresses, memory foam mattresses should never be flipped over. They simply aren’t designed to be used that way. But that doesn’t mean you should keep your memory foam mattress in the same position for as long as you own it. Manufacturers recommend rotating your memory foam mattress 180 degrees every three to six months to prevent depressions and worn spots and to keep the mattress in optimal condition.
- Avoid direct sunlight and other heat sources. Memory foam is heat sensitive, which is why it responds to body heat and is able to mold itself to cradle your joints and curves. But this same heat sensitivity means that prolonged exposure to direct sunlight and other heat sources, such as space heaters and electric blankets, may inhibit performance and break down the foam on a structural level.
- Keep your memory foam mattress dry. Just like sunlight, moisture is known to degrade memory foam and shorten its lifespan, so it’s very important to keep your mattress dry. Use a mattress pad or cover for protection and be sure to strip the bedsheets and linens off your memory foam mattress every few days to help it air and dry out.