Mattress 101

At Sealy, we understand the importance of a good night’s sleep and recognise that a mattress is an important investment in your health and well-being, so it’s important to look after it. From selection to maintenance and general care, we want to ensure you are equipped with all the knowledge and tools to get the most use out of your mattress. So, we’ve pulled together some of our top tips to help you maintain the life of your mattress, ensuring your sleep comfort, night after night.


Caring for your mattress

Caring for your mattress is important to ensure it provides you with a comfortable and healthy sleeping environment. Follow our three easy steps to help keep your mattress in pristine condition:

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Rotate your mattress

Regularly rotating your mattress can help to distribute any wear and tear evenly. For the first three months, it’s best to rotate your mattress once a fortnight; you should then continue to rotate it once every three months. Sealy mattresses are one-sided (or non-flip), so you simply rotate your mattress 180 degrees (from end to end).

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Use a mattress protector

A mattress protector can help to protect your mattress from spills, stains, and other types of damage. It can also protect your mattress from allergens such as dust mites, which can cause respiratory issues and aggravate allergies. Make sure to choose a protector that is breathable and machine washable for ease of maintenance.

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Avoid jumping and bending

Jumping on your mattress can cause damage to the springs or comfort layers, so avoid doing this to extend the life of your mattress. Bending or folding your mattress can damage the interior components, so always try to keep in its original shape, especially when moving it.

Cleaning your mattress

Cleaning is an important part of mattress care to ensure it stays fresh and comfortable for years to come. Having a clean mattress creates a hygienic sleeping environment to ensure your sleep comfort.


Vacuum the surface

You can use a vacuum to regularly remove dust and debris on the surface of your mattress. This a good way to help freshen the fabric and may help alleviate symptoms of asthma or allergies. If your vacuum comes with attachments, use an upholstery attachment or nozzle so that you can maximise cleanliness.


Treat spills or stains

It’s best to deal with spills and stains quickly. Before performing a spot clean, it’s advisable to test a hidden or inconspicuous area to avoid damaging or staining the fabric. Refrain from using any detergents or dry-cleaning chemicals as these may harm the mattress’s construction materials.

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To clean your mattress

Use a damp white cloth and gently sponge the affected area.

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Avoid using stiff brushes or rubbing the fabric

Too harshly to prevent damage.

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If using liquid

Be careful not to use too much, as over-saturation can lead to mildew growth.


Keep your mattress dry

Prevent water and other fluids from coming into contact with your mattress. Allow your mattress to dry completely before putting it back on the base or covering it with bedding.


Finding your perfect mattress

Finding your perfect mattress can be a daunting task, as there are so many options. A mattress isn’t one size fits all, and not all mattresses are the same. To make this process easier for you, we’ve created the bed selector tool to help match you with your perfect Sealy Posturepedic.

Consider the size of your bedroom and available space

It’s important to determine the size of your bedroom and the space before buying a bed. This will ensure that you choose a bed that fits comfortably in your room and leaves enough space for other furniture. Consider the size of the mattress, and any additional furniture such as headboards. Make sure there is enough space for you to comfortably move around the room and access other furnishings in your room. When choosing a bed size, keep in mind that larger beds require more space. A king-sized bed, for example, may not fit comfortably in a smaller bedroom. Consider your personal preferences and sleeping habits when choosing a bed size as well. If you prefer more space while sleeping or share your bed with a partner or pets, you may need a larger bed.

Know your sleeping position

Your sleeping position plays a crucial role in determining the type of mattress that will suit you. If you sleep on your back, you’ll need a firmer mattress to provide adequate support. If you’re a side sleeper, a softer mattress will help relieve pressure points.

Replacing your mattress or upgrading the size

We recommend that you replace your mattress every 8 to 10 years. However, the exact timeframe for replacing your mattress can vary based on factors such as the type of mattress, usage, and personal preference.

The right size of mattress for an individual depends on a variety of factors such as your age, size and sleeping habits. However, we have some general guidelines that may help you choose the right size mattress for yourself, or your children.

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For younger children, a single or trundle bed (if you need an extra mattress for sleep overs) is recommended. As children grow older, they can transition to a king single or even a double bed.


Teens and young adults

As children enter their teenage years and grow taller, a double or queen size mattress may be more appropriate.



Most adults prefer a king or super king size mattress, which provides space to move around and sleep comfortably. Although if your bedroom size does not allow, queen is a popular choice.

Choosing the right mattress and maintaining it properly can have a significant impact on your overall quality of sleep, health and well-being – and helps ensure your mattress lasts.

Remember, a good night’s sleep is essential for your physical and mental health, so invest in a quality mattress that provides the comfort and support you need for the perfect night’s sleep.
Find out more about the Sealy range of beds here.

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