When thinking about bedding, the best place to start is with the mattress. The size of the mattress is depends on the bed size, of course. Selecting a comfortable mattress may be more difficult than one would think. Deciding if a firm or softer mattress is desirable takes time.
When selecting the mattress take care and take your time. It has been suggested that any potential consumer should actually spend at least fifteen to thirty minutes on the mattress before
purchasing it. In truth, most of us feel a bit uncomfortable walking into a matress store and climbing into bed. However, it is worth noting that mattresses are not exactly a product that one can return with ease. Think about it. You certainly would not want to purchase a mattress that had been “tried out” at home.
After deciding on which mattress is right for you, be sure that the mattress is in its original packaging when it is delivered. Do not accept a mattress that is not wrapped or is in plastic packaging that has been opened and re-taped. In recent years, there have been numerous exposes on mattresses that have a new outer fabric but are stained and dirty underneath.
Question the salesperson thoroughy before purchasing. Do not be shy. You do not want to sleep on a dirty mattress that may be filled with germs and bacteria. Confirm that the mattress is new, not remanufactured. Expect to pay for what you get. The mattress is an investment that will last for years if properly cared for. However, purchasing a mattress that is remanufactured may seem like a savings, but the consideration should be the cleanliness not necessarily the cost. Always purchase a new mattress. Make sure that the sales slip states very clearly that the mattress is new.
Selecting the Mattress:
- Know the size you need
- Try out the mattress in the store for at least fifteen minutes
- Ascertain that the mattress is new, not re-manufactured
- Have the salesperson state that the mattress is new on the sales receipt
- Do not accept a mattress if the packaging has been opened
Once the mattress is home and in place, it is time to begin taking good care of the new purchase. One of the first decisions is about the cover for the new mattress. A mattress pad is a must to protect the mattress and increase its longevity.
Some of us believe if we have purchased a mattress with that special padded top we do not need to purchase a cover for it. Nothing could be further from the truth. Bodily fluids should not be allowed to reach the mattress. A mattress topper can be washed and replaced if needed. After all, the mattress cover is less costly than replacing the mattress.
How to select the mattress pad that is right for you:
- Know the size of the mattress
- Check the pockets or the elastic corners to make sure they are deep enough and tight enough to hold the cover in place.
- Decide on the amount of padding you need
- Stain resistant
- Water resistant (if a concern)
- Machine washable
When purchasing bedding, do not overlook the necessity of selecting a high quality mattress pad, both to protect the mattress and for a night of comfortable sleep.