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Some new mattress sets feature “no flip” mattresses. A no-flip mattress set is supposed to not need to be flipped (which is a good idea to do every six months or so), but in fact it is simply a mattress with foam padding on one side so it can't be flipped. It won't last any longer and in fact will wear out sooner that a flipable mattress.
Shopping for mattress sets can be a terribly confusing business. Different dealers are going to market virtually identical mattresses so that they look as distinct as possible in order to attract customers. Worse, unlike a car dealership, you can't usually “look under the hood” and see what's inside your mattress. One sign of a good mattress dealer is a sample “cutaway” mattress where you can see how the springs and padding are integrated. Seeing the kind of padding and quilting will help you determine whether a particular mattress is worth another look.
Twin mattress set or discount mattress set need not be of lower quality than more expensive brands. The truth is that most mattress dealers from national brands to smaller chains buy their mattresses from the same manufacturers, and in fact these mattresses are virtually identical (they're called “comparables” in the industry) but differ in stitching, fabric, and other superficial ways to distinguish them from competitors. The problem is that this makes it harder to comparison shop.
If you are planning to use your Tempurpedic mattress on a traditional box spring or futon frame, you may want to reconsider your foundation choice. The manufacturer of Tempurpedic mattresses does not honor warranties when you use these types of foundations. Instead, you should use the Tempurpedic platform or a solid wood platform to support your new mattress.
If you suffer from allergies to dust mites, mold and bacteria, you may want to give Tempur Pedic mattresses a try. The Tempur Pedic mattresses are created with a material that will resist these allergens. In addition, many Tempur Pedic mattresses also have a cover that can be removed and washed to give even more allergy relief, but be aware that the cover should not be washed in hot water.
If you usually use electric blankets to keep your feet warm, you may want to turn up the heat in your bedroom instead. Electric blankets can actually damage Tempur-pedic mattresses if the are used for long periods of time. If you do use an electric blanket, you should only turn it on for a very short period of time.
You can make your life easier when shopping for a queen mattress set if you ignore those features that don't really matter and may in fact only add more to the price of the mattress set. For instance, the ticking (the outer layer) might boast luxurious silk or damask, but why bother with something you're only going to put a sheet over anyway? When you consider the ticking, look for durability rather than fancy stitching or fabric.
When you get your mattress set home, you'll see those little handles on the side of the mattress. Those are intended for use in adjusting the postion of a mattress once it's on the bed. They aren't strong enough to support the weight of the mattress, so don't try to use them to carry the mattress. Most mattress warranties don't cover the mattress handles because they are often broken in in this way.
A surprising place to look for support in mattress sets is along the edge. No, you don't usually sleep in the edge, but your new queen mattress set might still want to have extra support along the edge of the mattress. Why? If you sit on the edge of the bed, you want it to support you and not send you sliding off on to the floor. Check with your dealer to see if there is extra support there. Usually this takes the form of rigid pieces of foam or specially arranged inner coils.
Most mattress manufacturers recommend flipping your mattresses every few months. However, Tempur-pedic mattresses should not be flipped. These mattresses are designed to stay in their original position without wearing out. If you notice your mattress is starting to dip in the middle, your base is probably the culprit. The manufacturer recommends putting Tempur-pedic mattresses on a flat surface, where they will regain their original shape. Then, you should repair or replace your mattress base.
If you are sensitive to odors, you may not want to send your old mattresses off with the deliveryman when your new Tempur-pedic mattresses arrive. Often, the new mattresses will have an odor for a few days, similar to the odors that new rugs or vinyl tiles will have. As with other new materials, the odor of the Tempur-pedic mattresses will fade in a few days, but you may want to allow the mattresses to air out for a week before you sleep on them. If you aren't bothered by odors, you can sleep on your mattress immediately, since the odor is not hazardous.
Tempur-pedic mattresses use a special technology that is recognized as a space age material by NASA. The heat of your body will cause the Tempur-pedic material to shift until it forms itself around you. When you move, the material will re-form around you, allowing you to sleep without tossing and turning to get comfortable. When you aren't sleeping on the mattress, it will revert to a smooth surface.
If you spend your nights tossing and turning, you may want to shop for a Tempurpedic mattress. However, there are quite a few different Tempurpedic mattress styles. To choose the right mattress for you, you should:
1. Consider your budget. All Tempurpedic mattresses are made with the same innovative material and can all alleviate neck, back, or shoulder pain. If you are on a tight budget, you may want to opt for the budget friendly original model.
2. Think about your health. If you suffer from severe back or neck pain, you may want to opt for one of the more expensive choices, since they provide extra support.
3. Think about the mattress size. Tempurpedic mattresses come in all of the standard mattress sizes.
Tempur Pedic mattresses are easy to care for and can last quite a few years. To get the most from your new mattress, you should:
1. Keep your mattress clean and dry, but do not cover it with a mattress cover unless one was provided by the manufacturer. Standard mattress covers add extra padding that can affect the performance of your new mattress.
2. Be sure you use the proper foundation. If you do not use a solid wood foundation, your Tempur Pedic mattress may start to wear unevenly or sag.
3. Don't allow your bedroom to get too hot or too cool. Temperature changes will actually cause your mattress to get harder or softer. Luckily, this isn't a permanent change, but it can cause you to sleep less comfortably.
The material in Tempurpedic mattresses should be kept dry and clean. However, not all of these mattresses have a removable protective cover to help keep them safe. If you do spill something on your mattress, you should:
1. Blot up as much of the spill as possible. Some Tempur pedic mattresses have a protective cover to help protect against stains and spills. If your mattress has a cover, you will need to remove it before blotting up the spill.
2. Let the mattress dry out thoroughly before you remake the bed.
3. Wash the protective cover, but don't dry it in your dryer. It will need to air dry.
|Jennifer Mathes, Ph.D.|