Mattress Care

You've just bought your new mattress set. To protect your investment, consider these valuable tips from your friends at Serta®.

1. Expect some sort of adjustment period. After all those years on the old bed, you may need some time to get used to the "feel" of the new set- like breaking in new shoes. It may take you a week or so- or, it could be as short as the time it takes you to fall asleep the first night.

2. Remember, your comfort layers will probably "give" a little. Today's resilient mattress materials are designed to conform to a sleeper's individual contours. This can create normal body impressions. You can reduce them by rotating (not flipping) your mattress as needed- whether it's one-sided or two-sided.

3. Don't forget the matching foundation. Today's mattresses use a matching foundation built to provide proper support and durability. Putting a new mattress on an old box spring has two drawbacks:
The "feel" you bought in the store won't be there when you get it home.
Your new mattress will probably sag or wear sooner. Therefore, your bed won't perform as well, and your warranty may be invalid.

4. Support your mattress with a good, solid frame. For best results, use a strong, stable foundation frame to keep your mattress set secure. To comply with Serta's warranty, queen- and king-size beds require a metal bed frame (or bed base) with a rigid center support. Preferably, the center support for a queen should have one leg, while the center support for a king should have two legs.

5. Flex it, but don't fold it. You can flex a mattress a little to go through doorways, but it can never be folded, curled or sharply bent. Doing so can damage the innerspring, cause comfort layers to shift, and create an uneven sleeping surface. Even though it may be hinged, Serta recommends not bending a king-size mattress beyond 30 degrees from being flat (or "straight across"), when the mattress is standing on end.

6. Carry your mattress upright. It's easier to handle and less likely to damage the mattress.

7. Let your mattress breathe. A new mattress has been wrapped in plastic and needs a little time to air out before you put the sheets on. Take the plastic wrapping off the mattress and lean your new bed up against the wall to air it out all the way around.

8. Protect your new possession. You'll use your mattress far more than any other furniture in your home, so protect it. You may even want to vacuum it once a year. Keep your bed clean and dry, and always use a quality mattress pad. It's best not to stand or jump on your mattress - no matter how much fun that is for your kids.

9. Good sleep sets don't need boards. Contrary to popular opinion, a board between the mattress and the box spring won't help your mattress set. In fact, with the board, your bed won't last as long or perform as well.

10. Make sure your fitted sheets really fit. If you've selected a thicker mattress such as a pillowtop, make sure you've got the proper sheets. If not, you may need deep-pocket sheets, designed for extra thick and pillowtop beds. Or you may want to buy sheet "suspenders," which will let you use your existing sheets on a thicker mattress (and save money).

There is an 11th tip, too, that we've saved for last. (It would have saved the Serta Counting Sheep a lot of aggravation, had they paid attention to it.)

11. Keep that law tag on at the end of the mattress! If you tear it off, you won't land in jail. But the tag has important manufacturing information about your mattress, and it reinforces your warranty rights.