Memory foam mattresses are great! You already know that, since you’re going to be purchasing one. But here are some things that you may not know about memory foam mattresses and how to use them.
Unbox your memory foam mattress with care
The first thing you need to do when you unbox your memory foam mattress is make sure that the size of box spring and frame will fit. If it doesn’t, return it immediately and get one that does. This can be a big hassle, so it’s best to check beforehand.
Next, make sure you have all the tools needed for unboxing. Depending on how heavy or large your memory foam mattress is, these may include:
- A crowbar (if necessary)
- A power drill with a screwdriver attachment (if necessary)
- A hammer (not necessarily required)
Allow the mattress to acclimate before using it
When you first receive your memory foam mattress, it is a good idea to allow the mattress to acclimate before using it. This means that you should not immediately lie down on the bed when it arrives, but rather leave it out of its packaging and air out for at least 24 hours. During this time, do not use any type of heating source such as an oven or dryer, which could cause overheating and damage to the mattress. Also avoid placing heavy objects on top of the mattress during this time period because weight can affect its ability to regain shape after compression from shipping or storage. Instead, keep all items off until you are ready for bedtime!
Once your new memory foam has had an opportunity to air out properly (and reach room temperature), then proceed with putting sheets on as per usual (tucking them into corners). The best part about using memory foam is that there’s no need for separate box springs; just place your regular box spring/slat system underneath if desired!
Do not use an electric blanket or pad on your new memory foam mattress
You should avoid using electric blankets and pads on your new memory foam mattress. The problem is that these items can overheat the mattress and cause it to break down. They can also damage the mattress itself by causing it to lose its shape or even lose its ability to conform to your body’s contours. If you like using electric blankets, consider buying a separate one that is specifically designed for use with memory foam mattresses.
Try leaving the mattress out to air out if it has a strong odor.
If your memory foam mattress has a strong odor, you can try leaving it out to air for a few days. Make sure that the area you choose to leave the mattress in is well-ventilated. If you don’t want to leave it inside your house, try taking it outside on a covered porch or patio. This should help with removing any lingering odors and should leave your mattress smelling better than when you first unboxed it!
Rotate the mattress occasionally to help even wear of the material
Rotating the mattress is an important part of maintaining a healthy sleeping surface. You can do this manually or with a rotating platform. Either way, it’s recommended that you rotate your mattress every few months to ensure even wear and tear.
Rotating your sleep surface will help prevent pressure points from forming on your body while you sleep, which in turn can help alleviate waking up with aches and pains in various parts of the body.
Use a waterproof protective covering on the memory foam if you want or need one.
If you want or need to protect your mattress, there are waterproof covers available. These covers can help prevent spills, accidents, pets or children (or other people in the house), dust and dirt, bed bugs, allergens and UV rays from damaging your memory foam mattress. They may also keep mold and mildew from growing on the surface of the memory foam.
Consider using a slatted bed frame for your new foam mattress.
Slat beds are great for memory foam mattresses because they allow air to flow through the mattress. This reduces the chance of mold and mildew growing in your sleeping surface, which can happen with an enclosed frame. In addition, slat beds allow you to rotate your mattress without having to change sheets or turn it over completely.
Some people prefer a more traditional box spring foundation instead of using slats in their bed frame. If this is something you’re interested in checking out, we’ve also written blog posts about box springs as well: [Box Spring Infographic](https://www.sleepjunkie.com/blog/box-spring-infographic/) [Boxspring Advice](http://www.mattress-inquirer.com/blog/what-is-a-boxspring/)
Memory foam mattresses are great, but they’re also different than traditional mattresses in some ways.
The great thing about memory foam mattresses is that they’re great for people with back pain and people who move around a lot during the night. But they’re also different than traditional mattresses in some ways, so here are a few tips to help you out.
- Memory Foam Mattresses Are Different Than Traditional Mattresses: Memory foam is designed to mold to your body and sleep position as opposed to lying flat on top of it like with most traditional spring mattresses. This can be good if you have back pain, but also bad because while it may feel soft at first, it will eventually conform to any unevenness in your body and cause pressure points (which can worsen existing aches). So if you have chronic back pain or migraines from sleeping on your side all night long, this might not be the best choice for you!
- Don’t Buy A Large Size: If you’re buying a mattress online without trying it out first (and we don’t recommend doing so), then make sure that when you lie down on each model at least once before purchasing one—especially if there isn’t anyone else around who can help find the right size for each person! If possible try lying down both widthways then lengthways; many people prefer being able to stretch out fully rather than feeling constrained by an overly snug fit which could cause more aches over time!
So, there you have it! Memory foam mattresses are a great choice for anyone who likes the feel of a firm mattress with a soft top layer and wants to get the best night’s sleep possible. We hope we helped you learn some great tips to care for your memory foam mattress so that it lasts as long as possible and helps you get those wonderful nights of rest.