Caring for Latex Mattresses

latex mattressesJust as with any natural and organic product, extra care definitely goes a long way in keeping latex mattresses in top quality. With a bit of attention, a natural latex mattress can live a longer life, lasting for about 20 years or more. However, without proper care and maintenance, your latex mattress may deteriorate in a matter of a few years.

To ensure your latex bed lives up to its fullest, follow these care guidelines.

1. Foundation Matters

When paired with an appropriate foundation, latex mattresses can last longer, at the same time, can better support your body. Choose a box spring that offers full support and proper air circulation so the mattress will be kept moist-free. Avoid traditional box springs as these kinds of foundation have spaces where parts of your organic mattress may sag. You might also want to stay away from standard wooden bed slats because these compresses the mattress, stressing its structure.

2. Keep an Eye Out for Moisture

Although latex mattresses are resistant to moisture because of its open cell structure, it does not mean that it is immune to moist and high humidity. If you sweat heavily, live in a tropical place, or have bought a hybrid mattress of foam and latex, then it is essential to check your latex mattress regularly (ideally every three days) for moisture buildup to prevent potential mildew and mold growth.

You can inspect your mattress for moisture by running your hand on its top and bottom surface. Even if the conditions above does not apply to you, regular mattress checkups can help spot moisture before it creates a bigger problem. If you do find damp spots, let the mattress dry in open air. On the other hand, if what you discover are patches of mildew or mold, contact the mattress’ manufacturer so they can guide you through cleaning it the proper way.

3. Avoid Overexposure

Keep latex mattresses away from direct sunlight. While a latex bed is not as sensitive to temperature changes as a memory foam is, maintaining a reasonable temperature in the room can help prolong its life. If the latex foam of your mattress is synthetic, then it is best to keep it out of direct sunlight as it may ruin its color.

4. Read the Manufacturer’s Directions for Care

Some mattresses should be turned or rotated, others do not need to be. A lot of latex mattresses do not require to be turned or rotated because a typical latex mattress has the softest part of it on top and the firmer layer at the bottom. If your mattress, however, is blended, hybrid, or synthetic, the case may be different. So be sure to follow the instructions of the manufacturer and stick to their recommended care and maintenance schedule.

Parting Thoughts

Whatever type of latex mattress you own–be it hybrid, blended, or all natural–it is vital that you know how to properly take care of it. Proper maintenance will not only prolong the life of your latex mattress, it will also provide lasting comfort and support.