Mattress Makeover

It’s an ugly fact of life your parents never fully prepared you for: everything gets old. That, unfortunately, includes your mattress.

If your mattress is developing geography – hills and valleys, for instance, it may be time to get a new one.

If that isn’t possible, or you are just too sentimentally attached, why not give it a face-lift instead? There are plenty of ways to spruce up a tired mattress …

For stains, make sure you use cleaners that are designed for delicate work. Generally, a citrus-based cleaning product is good for most stains. Use a clean, absorbent cloth and blot the area, pressing down firmly without rubbing until the area is dry and odor free.

Using dish detergent can also work for spot cleaning. Try blotting the stain with detergent and wiping it clean with a damp sponge.

For cigarette odor, use the citrus cleaner technique, then sprinkle baking soda over the entire top of the mattress and leave it over night to absorb odors. You can even go out of town and leave it all weekend. When you get back, vacuum the powder off – it should smell a lot better.

You don’t need to take your mattress to the spa, but it will love to sunbathe. Laying your mattress out in the fresh air and sun is another way to remove odors and kill dust mites.

If it’s just cosmetic help your mattress needs, a new comforter or duvet covering can work wonders. In fact, changing the look of your bed can inject your entire room with a new inspiration.

If you are feeling really inspired, you can also give your old workhorse of a mattress the body it’s always wanted – with a feather bed, or fiber bed! A good, thick featherbed can turn back the clock on any mattress … and transform your usual mundane sleeping quarters into a bed a maharajah would approve of. A fiber bed will give you the same loft and comfort of a feather bed but because it’s made from synthetic fibers it’s 100% hypo-allergenic.

Featherbeds and fiber beds are sized the same way mattresses are, so if your mattress is a queen size then a queen sized feather or fiber bed will fit perfectly on top. To keep your new mattress topper from slipping and sliding as you roll around at night be sure to choose a product with fittings that allow you to secure the topper securely to the mattress.

Be sure to place a protective covering over your feather or fiber bed because these mattress toppers can not be washed. If you do get a stain on your feather or fiber bed, spot clean it with a gentle cleanser like heavily diluted Dawn dish detergent, as soon as possible and then place the topper outside to dry thoroughly in the sun.

So if your mattress has a five-o-clock shadow, just give it a little pick-me-up. After all, the better your mattress sleeps, the better you will, too!