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 upto 100 eggs and breed them during its life span.
Spring mattresses, because of a lot of open space between springs, are a favourite with dust mites. High density foam mattresses and especially latex mattress (which are naturally hypo allergenic) 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 protect the mattress from liquids and semi solids (bed wetting, coffee/tea, moisturising creams etc.,). High humidity is the most favourable breeding ground for dust mites and hence liquid seepage into the mattress is best avoided.
2. Flipping the mattress from time to time - Spring mattresses need to be flipped and rotated every 3 months, else the mattress sags. The logic is to change the weight bearing side to ensure longer life of the springs. We figured that most of us are too busy and/or lazy to be doing this meticulously. So, we designed our latex mattresses in such a way that it does not need to be rotated or flipped. Having said that, it is always a good practice to do it when you remember. To repeat: It is not required to flip and/or rotate Sunday mattresses, but we recommend that you do it when you find time. 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 Ortho Plus 2G 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 bed room
- 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 an accidental spillage on the mattress, please soak up as much liquid as possible from the mattress, mild dry with a hair dryer (only mild drying and do not over heat 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 sun. Sunlight that comes into the bedroom through the windows is fine, but not direct exposure to sun in the open.