Whilst these instructions have been written for Sunday mattresses, they are generic enough to be followed for any mattress in your house. It is a slightly long article, so please bear with us as it will be worth the read -
1. Protecting against dust mites and allergens - Dust mites are one of the biggest enemies of good night's sleep and hygiene in general. They are very resilient organisms that thrive on dead human skin and high humidity. A female dust mite can live up to 70 days but will lay up to 100 eggs and breed them during its life span.
Spring mattresses, because of a lot of open space between springs, are a favorite with dust mites. High-density foam mattresses and especially latex mattress (which are naturally hypoallergenic) are better at keeping the mattress, dust mite free. We highly recommend a good anti-allergenic coated mattress protector cover to go with your mattress. In addition, one needs to protect the mattress from liquids and semi-solids (bed wetting, coffee/tea, moisturizing creams, etc.). High humidity is the most favorable breeding ground for dust mites and hence liquid seepage into the mattress is best avoided.
2. Rotating the mattress from time to time - To prevent the mattress from sagging and to make sure that pressure is distributed evenly, it is a good practice to rotate it after every few months. We have designed Sunday Mattresses in a way that you need not flip them, just rotating would do the trick. Here is a simple illustration for more information:
3. Bed bases to use with the mattress - Sunday mattresses have been designed to work well on any type of surface as long as it is flat and sturdy enough to bear the weight. For the sake of clarity, you can use the mattresses on (a) floor (b) wooden or wrought iron cot, as long as the surface is solid (c) platted beds (d) box spring beds. In the case of Latex Plus mattress, it can even work with adjustable bed bases as well! In case of doubt, please give us a call and we will be happy to advise you.
4. Removing stains on the mattress - The top cover is a four side zipper cover on the mattress. You can unzip and remove the cover. As the full cover is not washable, just dip the portion that you want to clean in mild detergent, hand wash it and let the full cover dry. You can then put the dried cover back on the mattress.
5. Airing the mattress - We highly recommend that you air the mattress every 3-6 months. Again this is not needed but highly recommended from a hygiene point of view. The process is simple:
- Remove all sheets, pillows, mattress protectors from the mattress on a Sunny morning
- Open all the windows in the bedroom
- Vacuum the top and sides of the mattress using a good quality vacuum cleaner
- Let the mattress air in that condition from morning till evening
Please do not air the mattress on a rainy day.
6. Must avoid for the mattress -
At the risk of repeating, the mattress should be protected against any liquid spillage at all costs. This is not just for Sunday mattresses, but applicable to all mattresses. The reason is that moisture is breeding ground for unwanted things and it is impractical to dry the mattress in the sun, the way it used to be done in the olden times.
However, we understand that accidents happen. So, in case of accidental spillage on the mattress, please soak up as much liquid as possible from the mattress, mild dry with a hairdryer (only mild drying and do not overheat the mattress).
In addition, please do not machine wash or try to wash the entire mattress cover. Only the top portion is washable.
Please do not expose the mattress to direct sunlight. We are referring to leaving the mattress in the open, exposed to the sun. Sunlight that comes into the bedroom through the windows is fine, but not direct exposure to the sun in the open.