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If you’re thinking about buying a new bed and mattress or need some advice about basic mattress care, The Bed Consultant explains everything you need to know. Learn more about The Bed Consultant.

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Types Of Mattresses Explained

The type of mattress you choose can affect your sleep quality. No single mattress type is suitable for everyone. Sleep is personal and unique to each individual. What one person finds comfortable, someone else may find uncomfortable. But weighing up the pros and cons of each type of mattress will help you decide which best suits your needs.

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Roll-Up Mattresses Explained

Roll-up mattresses offer a convenient and inexpensive alternative to traditional mattresses. The mattress is usually made from foam, springs, or a mixture of both. During the manufacturing process, the mattress is compressed using a vacuum to around 25 to 30% of its original size. It is then rolled up to fit into a box or tube.

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Bed Bases Explained: Everything You Need To Know

There is a wide selection of bed bases, ranging from traditional divans or ottomans with storage to stylish and elegant bed frames. The bed base you choose can affect how your mattress feels and performs. It’s essential to ensure the two are compatible so that the mattress is properly supported.

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How To Dispose Of A Mattress

There are plenty of ways to dispose of a mattress. If you’re buying a new mattress from a retailer, most of them provide a mattress disposal service. You can also donate your old mattress to charities, sell it online or ask your local council to collect it.

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How To Keep A Mattress From Sliding

To keep a mattress from sliding, you should keep its surface clean. You can also try using a mattress pad, mattress grippers, Velcro strips or even consider changing your bed.

Mattress care

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Clean & Fresh: How To Clean A Memory Foam Mattress

Knowing how to clean and maintain a memory foam mattress can help prolong its life and promote a healthy and hygienic sleep environment. You should give your mattress a thorough clean every six months. However, you will need to clean up any spillages straight away to ensure the stain does not set into the mattress.

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How To Break In A New Mattress: Here’s What You Need To Know

Applying gentle pressure to your new mattress can help speed up the breaking in process. Sleeping on your new mattress each night will usually suffice, but you can also try gently crawling over it. It can take at least a month to get used to a new mattress. By then, it should start to feel softer and more comfortable.

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How To Clean A Mattress Like A Pro

Cleaning your mattress creates a healthy and hygienic environment. This keeps your bed fresh and reduces the risk of allergies, which can help you sleep better.