Beds After Care Guide

Bed Maintenance

We pride ourselves on our helpfulness here at Carpetright and we want every single one of our customers to feel right at home in their new beds. Using our handy tips for bed after care will help to extend the life of your new bed and ensure that you keep it at its optimum.

Above all, our best after care advice is – look after your bed and it’ll look after you!

Adjusting to your new bed

Carpetright double divan bed with storage

Let’s face it, the springs and upholstery in your old bed had probably seen better days, so it’s not surprising that your new bed may feel strange at first. Give yourself time to get used to it and for the fillings to settle.

Let your mattress breathe

After you’ve taken off the packaging, leave your new bed uncovered for a few hours to allow any condensation to escape and any ‘newness’ scent to dissipate. Once it’s in use, regular airing will keep it fresh and odour-free.

Use a mattress protector

Using a protector will prolong the life of your mattress and protect it from body moisture, marks and stains. Airing your mattress regularly, say every 3 months, will also reduce moisture build-up.

Turn and rotate your mattress regularly

Unless your new mattress is labelled ‘Non Turn’ you’ll need to turn it over and rotate it from top to toe-end once a week for the first 2-3 months and then once a month after that. This will make sure that the fillings settle evenly and will prolong the life of the mattress. If the mattress is Non Turn you’ll still need to rotate it from top to toe-end regularly to ensure even wear, but please make sure that the non-sleeping side is never used as a sleeping surface. When turning your mattress, try not to let it fall against the side of the bed as this can damage the springs. We recommend you have some help when you’re moving a mattress.

Keep your mattress flat

Bending or rolling it will damage the springs and invalidate your warranty. If you have to store your mattress for any length of time please make sure it’s stored flat and not on its side, as this will distort the spring system and cause the fillings to settle unevenly.

Foam mattress care

If this is your first one, give yourself time to get used to it as it’ll probably feel very different to a spring mattress. Don’t worry if you notice a slight softening of the foam over the first few weeks – this is perfectly normal.

If your memory foam mattress was rolled up when you bought it, make sure that you unroll it and put it in place on the bed in a warm room for 24 hours before use. This will allow it to expand to its full size. We recommend that all vacuum packed mattresses are opened within 6 months of purchase to avoid distortion. Quilted mattress covers are dry clean only. Non-quilted are machine washable.


It’s important to bear in mind that, as with any soft furnishing product, it’s natural that your mattress will show signs of settlement over several months of use. This is not a sign that anything is wrong. Whilst the fillings will settle over time, the support system inside your mattress will be unaffected, giving you many years of comfort and restful sleep.

Cleaning and Repairing your bed

pocket sprung mattress

Detergents & Chemical cleaning products

Using harsh detergents and chemical cleaning products may damage the fabric of your bed and stitching of your mattress. In the case of soiling you could try lightly sponging the mattress with a weak solution of soap and water, but remember that too much wetting will damage it. After sponging, allow the mattress to dry out in a warm environment out of direct sunlight.

Some helpful advice on upholstery cleaning

Micro suede

Water repellent and dirt resistant, micro suede should shrug off smaller spills. If you need to get rid of any heavier stains try using a neutral detergent, taking care not to over-rub. Rinse well with clean, lukewarm water.

Woven fabrics

To keep those rich, luxurious textures looking and feeling their best, we recommend specialist cleaning only.

Faux leather

All the slick looks of real leather but a whole lot easier to care for! A quick wipe with a clean damp cloth should be all it takes to keep your faux leather headboard looking good.

Bed Safety

Divan bed

Care during assembly

First things first: beds and bases are heavy and bulky, and we’d hate it if either you or they came to any harm while you’re putting them together. If at all possible, we advise that you ask at least one other person to help. After all, many hands make light work!

Remove packaging with care

Carefully remove any cardboard protectors and all packaging staples with pliers. Keep all polythene away from children to avoid the risk of suffocation, and remember to recycle your packaging if you can.

Don’t jump on the bed

Jumping or standing on any part of your bed can cause permanent damage and is also unsafe. Don’t allow children to jump on the bed as if it’s a trampoline, and be aware that bouncing repeatedly in the same area can place undue strain on the spring system and could shorten the lifespan of your mattress. It’s a good idea to avoid placing heavy or bulky objects on it too.

Don’t overload storage drawers

If your bed has drawers, bear in mind that they were designed to hold linens and towels. They can be damaged by excessive weight and overfilling can cause them to jam.

If you need after care guides for other household furniture then visit our guides section.