We understand how difficult it can be to take care of and maintain the long term investments you make when it comes to your bedroom furniture. Mattresses, pillows and headboards, for example, all require a bit of love and attention now and again. This is to ensure they are reaching their full potential and give you the comfort, functionality and style you need.
We’ve put together a comprehensive care guide for mattresses, divan bed bases, ottomans, bed frames, pillows and headboards so you don’t have to waste your time online looking for never ending answers to your one, simple question. Click on one of the below to be directed to the relevant care guide of your choice.
It’s no doubt that mattresses provide us with ultimate comfort and luxury when it’s time for us to rest. And although choosing the right mattress that is, in fact, ideal for your body can be a difficult task, caring for it, on the other hand, isn’t!
Tips for Maximising Your Mattress’ Life
Turn & rotate
Some mattresses will require turning and rotating. We state in the description of each mattress whether it is a turnable mattress or not, but all mattresses will require rotating.
Rotating = spinning the mattress around, so the foot end becomes the head end, or vice versa.
Turning = flipping the mattress over, so the sleeping surface is now face down to the floor, or vice versa.
It is important that this is done once per Season at least, as it will not only extend the lifespan mattress, but will also ensure the fillings are even and consistent, resulting in a better night’s sleep. If you have a mattress that needs turning and rotating, we recommend this is alternated, so turning takes place twice per year, as does rotating. We also strongly suggest that this practice is exaggerated in the early weeks after delivery to aid the settlement that all mattresses experience in the first period of use. Rotating and/or turning more often in the first three months will ensure the mattress does not ‘dip’ initially, although this is perfectly normal.
Keep the mattress clean
Mattresses can gather dust over time, and so it is good practice to hoover the mattress on a semi-regular basis, removing as much of the dust build up as possible. This will not only enhance the lifespan of the mattress but will also benefit those with allergies.
Let it breathe
It’s best practice to air your mattress, duvet and pillows. This helps with freshness and reducing the amount of dust mites. You can let it breathe for just a couple of hours when you change your bedding, which is, on average, every 2 weeks.
Use mattress protectors
The most effective way to protect your mattress – with a protector! This is usually placed on before the bed linen. A mattress protector will protect the mattress against spills and will also prevent wear and tear over the years. We recommend a breathable mattress protector, for ventilation purposes, but also those which are waterproof. New mattress protectors are often waterproof without having that clammy feeling.
Ensure your bed base is suitable for the mattress
Some mattresses will have certain requirements as to which base type they can be set on. For example, any type of sprung mattress is not recommended to be used on a slatted base with more than a 7cm gap between the slats. Also, some mattresses are not designed for use with solid top divan bases. A memory foam or latex mattress would gradually degrade and can also harbour mould if they are not able to breathe on all sides of the mattress, something which a solid top base would prevent. There are alternatives, so please get in touch if you have any questions regarding this.
Divan bases are a popular choice of bed bases as they offer durability, quality and storage options.
Avoid overloading drawers
Excessive overloading of drawers can cause the drawers to jam or collapse. Each drawer will have a maximum weight and this should be followed, which is typically around 12kg.
Vacuum the base regularly
Just like vacuuming your mattress, doing this to the divan bed base reduces dust and dirt.
We recommend checking all screws for castors, bolts, and legs are fully fastened and properly in place. Over time these can come loose and make the base unsecure.
There are many types of Ottoman storage bases, ranging from faux leather bedsteads to fabric divan bases. Caring for all types of ottoman base is crucial, as there are much greater loads going through key areas of the ottoman than in conventional bedsteads or divans.
How To Clean A Leather or Faux Leather Ottoman
There are many leather cleaners in the market, but it is not advised that you use just ANY kind of cleaner. It’s sensible to first test leather cleaners on a small piece of material first to see the reaction. Leather care kits are available and if you are unsure of what product type to use for your Ottoman, you should stick with the simple ‘cloth and warm water’. If this is done regularly, it will remove the dust and dirt that builds up on your Ottoman base.
How To Clean A Fabric Ottoman
When it comes to cleaning a fabric Ottoman, it’s a little more difficult than leather. With fabric, you should dust it with a smooth brush and vacuum it.
How To Clean a Wooden Ottoman
Using wax on wood is a common cleaning choice which brings out the colour. It’s often used for restoration of wooden furniture and works a treat. You should gently wash the surface of the wood with a dash of soap and water, then dry it. If you are choosing to use wax, follow the instructions on the product packaging.
Assembly of the ottoman
Ottoman beds are strong and very durable, but only if they are assembled correctly. Ensure you assemble the bed with loose fittings until the structure is complete, then tighten the fixings. The gas lift pistons may require some force to compress for the first time, but you will find this eases with use as the pistons become oiled. It is absolutely critical that the pistons are never twisted in use, so be sure to lower and raise the platform in unison, not pulling or pushing on one corner only. Failure to do this movement properly can lead to the bed failing, as well as potentially causing you harm.
Bed frames will require careful assembly, so please set the bed up with loose fixings first, only tightening them once the bed is ready and is ‘square’ in construction. Tightening the fixings when the frame is not square can cause permanent damage. When setting out the slats in the base, you may find that the slats are free and require screwing in place. If this is the case with the model of bedstead you’ve ordered, you should allow a small gap between the first slat towards the head-end and then space the slats carefully from there down to the foot of the bed. Once you’re happy with the spacing, screw the slats in place, but be sure to keep a consistent gap between them, never more than 7cm.
Pillows are potentially the most personal items when it comes to getting a good night’s sleep. They have to provide us with the right comfort for us to rest our heads, whilst also ensuring support is provided to the head, neck and shoulders. We would recommend a pillow protector as well as the pillow case. This will enhance the lifespan of the pillow, as well as keeping it fresh and comfortable for many years.
Be sure to check whether your pillow outer cover can be removed and washed. This is common with most pillows and will ensure it remains as fresh throughout it’s use.
Another tip is to air the pillow, in much the same way you would with your mattress. This will enhance your sleep and keep your new pillow as comfortable as possible.
When fitting your new headboard, ensure that you fit it to the bed first, then tighten the fixings (delivered with the headboard). Otherwise you can twist and break the headboard before it’s even been used! Strutted headboards (those mounted on legs) can be adjusted slightly to allow for varying mattress depths, so set this in place prior to fastening the fixings tightly.
Headboards are designed to offer a rigid surface on which to lean or rest, therefore they should ideally be placed into contact with a wall. If this is not possible (deep skirting boards for example), then be aware that excessive movement within the headboard can cause damage to it and the bed itself. We would suggest a small pad behind the headboard to bridge any gap, as well as cushioning movement.
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