Monthly Archives: May 2014

How To Clean Urine Off Of A Mattress

To Clean Urine Off Of A Mattress:

  1. Use a dry towel to blot the remaining moisture. Do not rub, just pat the area until you have removed the excess liquid.
  2. Sprinkle baking powder on the area to soak up the rest of the moisture.
  3. One website recommends using Percil Bio washing detergent or you can mix one part vinegar to one part warm water to make a cleaning solution. Put the solution in a spray bottle, and spray on the affected area of your mattress. Let the detergent or vinegar solution sit for 5 minutes.
  4. Gently blot the area using a clean towel. Then using a dry towel remove any excess moisture. Do not rub. Rubbing the area will only cause the smell and urine to go further into the comfort materials of your mattress.
  5. Sprinkle again with baking soda.
  6. Allow the mattress to dry thoroughly, overnight, if possible.
  7. After the area is completely dry, vacuum the baking soda.

Now that you’ve cleaned the mattress, your next goal is prevention

The most Googled mattress question is “How to clean urine off of a mattress”. It is a common problem, but a very preventable one! That’s why we have mattress protectors. Some people worry that a waterproof mattress protector will make a crinkling noise or change the feel of their mattress. Not so with the Serta Sleep To Go Mattress Protector. It’s very light and soft and it DOES NOT CRINKLE. It’s amazing. There is also a mattress encasement made from the same materials if bed bugs or even allergies are a concern. A mattress protector is not only recommended to stop urine from making contact with a mattress, but to keep the mattress warranty valid, it is required. Mattress warranties require there be no stains on a mattress if there is an issue. When you purchase a protector you’ll be safe from sweat, urine, blood and anything else that may ruin a mattress. Here’s a link to a video review of the Serta Sleep To Go mattress protector.

Using a Queen size mattress with a Full size headboard.

I was having a sleepless night last night and I started thinking about my bed. It’s a Queen size and when you’re all alone in a Queen size bed in a dark room on a Tuesday night it starts to feel infinite. Then I started thinking “Now why didn’t you just get a Full size? You have no use for such a giant bed.” From there I started compiling a list of who might better use it. I thought about people with animals because I know dogs are prone to being bed-hogs. Also I would imagine you’d like definitely want to get as far away from a snoring husband as possible. You might not want to fold laundry one night and all that extra space is a great place for it, the list went on. Anyways I decided I was happy with my endless plane of a bed. Then I started feeling really bad for people in a Full size. I remembered all the customers that tell us about how beautiful their Full size headboard and footboard are but they could use more bed space and for all those customers, I have good news. You don’t have to part ways with your gorgeous Full size headboard just because you’ve out grown the mattress. The Full to Queen converter rail set allows just that. You can easily use a full size headboard with a queen mattress. All you do is replace the rails with this conversion set and you’ll have plenty of bed space for whatever you’d like to use it for. If you want an extra sturdy Full to Queen converter rail set we also offer one with three supports verses one. I recommend this for heavy headboards and antique beds. To make it even easier, we even have a video on YouTube of how to assemble it.

Converter Rails
Full to Queen Converter Rails with 3 Supports

The importance of a matching box spring

I’ve noticed a surplus of people coming through the door with a dog-eared copy of Consumer Reports. There is an article in the March 2014 issue that covers mattress shopping. In this article it mentions things like never paying the price you see on a mattress tag, haggling especially during the holidays, the fact that you don’t need a new box spring and a few other debatable topics. While this article may be a good guide to help you learn about the different brands of mattresses and companies to buy them from, it fails to mention a few key facts about the importance of a box spring. Most, if not all, mattress brands require you to have a new matching foundation to keep the warranty valid. The article briefly mentions this at the tail end of the paragraph covering the fact that you should keep your old one.

Another reason a new foundation is so crucial are the variations in mattresses between now and when you purchased your last mattress. The life span of a mattress is generally 8-10 years for most people and a lot changes in this industry during that time. For instance the mattress you purchased 10 years ago was most likely thinner, different materials were sewn into the mattress, and it was more than likely constructed differently. That box spring was made to match that mattress. If you keep a box spring for a thinner, less dense mattress and place a thicker, more luxurious mattress on top, it can cause the box spring to break down. This will result in discomfort, sagging, and again, voiding of the warranty.

The reason why most people opt out of the box spring is price, however, the weight of price is on the mattress itself. It would be a shame to ruin the comfort life and void the warranty of your $1500 mattress investment over a $200 box spring. The easiest way to insure you have the best box springpossible sleeping experience is to go to a knowledgeable sales person and purchase a complete mattress set. This includes a mattress, matching box spring and a sturdy bed frame with a center support that has a metal leg or legs to the floor.
If you have any questions feel free to drop by our website and contact us. We’d love to help. 🙂

To learn more, check out my post about the difference between a box spring, steel foundation, and wood foundation.