Eco-Friendly Mattress Care
From breakfast in bed and late-night movies and popcorn binges to the guilty pleasure of working from our laptops in bed, our mattresses take a beating. So, breathe some fresh air into your mattress — and prolong its life — with these sustainable, everyday mattress care tips.
Know Your Type
If you’ve ever walked into a mattress store or perused our website, you know that mattresses vary in size, firmness, and — most importantly — materials. Choosing a mattress made with organic, non-toxic materials should always be your first order of business.
Many people don’t realize that mainstream mattresses often contain toxic, harmful materials that off-gas volatile organic compounds (VOCs). These chemical odors can negatively impact your physical and mental health, as well as that of wildlife and ecosystems.
Once you’ve selected a safe, healthy mattress, understanding the materials is key to proper care. For instance, at Brentwood Home, our five luxury mattresses feature different planet-friendly materials to match our customers’ individual preferences.
- Our Crystal Cove and Cypress memory foam mattresses are both made with charcoal-infused, CertiPUR-US® certified memory foam (the Cypress mattress also includes up to 20% plant-based BioFoam®), making them antimicrobial and moisture-wicking.
Our Hybrid Latex and Cedar Natural Luxe mattresses are made from natural, organic and recycled materials, making them the most eco-friendly and durable of the bunch.
- Our Oceano Luxury Hybrid Mattress is the best-seller and combines cooling, temperature-regulating properties with organic, natural, plant-based materials.
Set A Rotation Schedule
Rotating your mattress on a regular basis is the most basic component of care. Mattresses contain natural filling materials that compress slightly as you sleep. To prevent body impressions, it’s recommended that you spin your mattress (head to foot) once every month for the first six months. After the first six months, rotating it every other month will ensure even wear over the lifespan of the mattress. Pro tip: Set a calendar alert for this.
If you happen to sleep on a Brentwood Home mattress, only our Crystal Cove and Cypress styles are meant to be flipped. The reason? Both sides can be used for sleeping, unlike our hybrid mattresses, which are made with an internal support coil system.
Make cleaning your mattress a habit so it always looks and feels its best. At least twice a year, go over your mattress with a vacuum to get rid of dust, crumbs, and other icky things that might have found their way onto your mattress. If you get a stain, blot or dab with cold water rather than rub to remove it; cold water and mild soap work best for this.
Keep Your Sheets Fresh
Regularly washing your bed linens is also a must. While you sleep, sweat, oils, hair, and skin cells shed onto your bedding and can get into mattress layers, breeding bacteria and encouraging dust mites. To keep your bed clean and protect your mattress, wash your sheets at least once a week at a minimum.
Let Your Mattress Breathe
Fresh air always energizes a room and gives it a crisp, clean quality — the same goes for your mattress. Every month or so, strip your mattress and let the sunlight and air breathe new life into your bed for several hours. This helps to prevent excess moisture and may help with dust mites, according to a study from Kingston University.
Add Natural Scents
You can also deodorize your mattress by sprinkling it with baking soda. Leave the baking soda on for at least 30 minutes, then vacuum it up. And if you’re a fan of natural fragrance, add a few drops of your favorite essential oil into the baking soda before you sprinkle it on. Lavender or eucalyptus, in particular, are especially soothing and refreshing.