How often should you replace your mattress protector? Mattress protectors are used by people of all ages for many reasons.
From protecting the mattress from stains and spills to being a barrier for allergens. Some protectors usually have one side that is material while the other has a lining to act as a barrier to protect the mattress.
Others may be material with a special waterproof covering. Proper care of both can help lengthen the life of the protector.
How often should you replace your mattress protector depends solely on personal use it does not matter what the manufacturer suggest as you will read below.
However, for the most traditional mattress protector brands that would destroy the lining and material due to the harsh chemicals that would be used. If the label does not say dry clean avoid the dry cleaners.
When using the traditional mattress protectors, you will be able to wash and dry the protectors without worries in your own home.
It is recommended that you wash the protector before placing it on your mattress. This will remove any odor or germs that it had come into contact with before you purchased it.
In addition, it will help with the flexibility and softness of the protector. You can use cold or medium water temperature with your regular detergent.
The bleach will destroy the lining and weaken the material in the protector. The mattress protector may be washed with other items such as sheets, towels, and clothing.
Drying the mattress protector also has its tricks. You must use low heat. The higher heat settings will cause the protectors’ lining to blister and you will have to discontinue using it.
The blister will eventually split and cause leakage in those spots. Also, the blisters can cause an uncomfortable feeling while lying on those spots.
You should not use a fabric softener or a dryer sheet on protectors that have no additional backing, for instance a plastic backing.
You should never use an iron on the mattress protectors. The heat from the iron could cause the blisters. Heat from the dryer and iron can not only damage your mattress protectors but could destroy it.
So how often should you replace your mattress protector? While it is recommended that sheets be removed and washed weekly, it is recommended that mattress protectors be washed bi-weekly or monthly depending on how soiled they are.
If your child is beginning potty training you should consider a waterproof mattress protector to prevent any accidents from reaching the mattress.
Once a year you should replace your mattress protector. If it is being washed heavily then it is recommended that you replace it every 4 to 6 months. Correctly caring for your mattress protectors will benefit you greatly!