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Multiply Your Mattress IQ

A mattress is a big investment and MidAmerica Bedding understands you’re bound to have questions. 
Here are our answers to some of today’s mattress concerns.

Though mattresses can carry warranties up to 20 years, the Better Sleep Council advises that consumers buy the highest-quality mattress they can afford, then replace it within eight to 10 years. After this timeframe, the Better Sleep Council reports that even the best bedding may no longer provide optimal comfort and support. 

There’s a dirty secret about warranties. All warranties are not created equal. A mattress may come with a 20-year prorated warranty, which sounds fantastic. But when you have a problem 10 years later, you may learn that warranty only covers half the price of a replacement. MidAmerica Bedding commits to the long-term satisfaction of our customers by offering full warranty protection on every mattress we sell. All our warranties are non-prorated. This means you will receive a replacement mattress for manufacturing defects encountered during the warranty period. 

Sometimes people try to save money by using their old foundation (box spring) with a new mattress. Replacing your mattress and foundation at the same time maximizes the life of your new mattress, minimizes chances for uneven wear, and ensures your warranty will not be voided. MidAmerica Bedding offers appropriately sized and quality-made foundations for every mattress we sell.              

There are many types of mattresses. MidAmerica Bedding offers a mix of innerspring, gel-memory foam, encased coil, gel hybrid, and latex hybrid mattress collections to meet a variety of sleep needs and budgets. Each mattress type incorporates different materials and sleep technologies. Knowing the differences between options helps you select the right mattress for you and your budget. 

Innerspring mattress: An innerspring mattress uses a steel coil support system layered with foam or fiber padding. These mattresses rely on springs that connect into a single unit or units with individually wrapped pocketed coils. The more coils there are, the better individual support you have. The mattresses in MidAmerica Bedding’s Bright Night Collection use different types of coil to provide options for every budget while its Elite Encased Coil and Hybrid Collection offers pocketed coil mattresses with unique comfort and cooling features.

Pillow-top mattress: A pillow top mattress has additional padding on top to provide extra-soft comfort. Companies use polyurethane foam, memory foam, latex, or nanocoils in the pillowtop. 

Hybrid mattress: A hybrid mattress combines a steel coil support system with layers of today’s specialty foams. MidAmerica Bedding’s Elite Hybrid Collection combines pocketed coil construction with GelMemory foam and/or latex.

Specialty foam mattress: Specialty foam mattresses use one or more types of foam for their support systems. The foam may be polyurethane, memory, or latex. The mattress may also contain gel or other materials. 

Gel mattress: Gel mattresses use a foam that contains gel in the cell structure of the foam. Gel foam adds comfort and support as well cooling properties.

Latex mattress: Latex mattresses use latex rubber made from plant-based sustainable materials. MidAmerica Bedding’s Elite Latex Hybrid Collection uses latex for cooling comfort, support, and durability, while supplementing it with a full-dimension encased coil system for added support. 

All mattresses sold in the U.S. must meet the requirements of 16 CFR Parts 1632 and 1633, as regulated by the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission. Every MidAmerica Bedding mattress meets these flammability laws. 

MidAmerica Bedding mattresses also have CertiPUR-US certification. This means the foams in our mattresses do not contain ozone depleters; PBDEs, TDCPP or TCEP flame retardants; mercury, lead, and other heavy metals; formaldehyde; and phthalates. It also means our mattresses meet low VOC emissions for indoor air quality (less than 0.5 parts per million).

Buying a mattress can be a big spend and an even bigger decision. You will spend up to one-third of your life sleeping on your mattress so maximizing comfort and support should be a top priority.

When shopping for a mattress, go to a store and take a test drive. Determine what you liked or did not like about your old mattress and share it with your salesperson. Inform him or her about the areas of your body that need extra support, whether you prefer a soft or a firm mattress, the type of mattress and the size of mattress you seek, how you sleep (side, back or stomach), and other details so the salesperson can match you to the right mattress. If you sleep with a partner, be sure to mention that too, because it can affect the mattress the salesperson recommends.

Test the mattress options at the store. Lay down and judge how it feels. Take your time and don’t be shy. You can’t judge mattress’ comfort or support by sitting on the edge or by lying down for a couple seconds. Lie on the bed how you sleep (side, back, or stomach). If you sleep with a partner, test the mattress together. 

Install it right. Begin by making sure your new mattress and foundation is installed correctly. Improper installation can damage your new bedding. 

Rotate regularly. Rotate your mattress unless your mattress care instructions say otherwise. This may mean rotating your mattress from end-to-end and/or flipping it over, depending on if it’s a flippable or non-flippable model. 

Keep it covered. Cover your new mattress and foundation with a high-quality, washable mattress protector and mattress pad. These protective coverings keep your mattress set smelling fresh, free of stains, and protected from dust mites and allergens. A mattress protector also protects your warranty, which is voided if the mattress has stains.

Provide good support. Invest in a sturdy, high-quality bed frame with a center support on queen or king models. Using a frame without a center support with a queen- or king-size mattress set can void the warranty. MidAmerica Bedding offers a range of frames to support your new set no matter the size. 

Keep the law tag on. Though it’s not illegal to remove your mattress law tag, the information on the label is necessary for a warranty claim. Leave it on for future reference.

Keep it clean: Vacuum your mattress regularly. Do not use harsh chemicals to remove stains. If the mattress is damp, sprinkle baking soda on it to absorb the moisture, then vacuum. If the mattress gets stained, dab mild soap and cold water on the stain, blotting as you go. Avoid soaking your mattress or foundation with liquid. Prevent stains by using a mattress protector.

American Made means different things to different companies. For some it means they assemble the product in an American factory out of materials they source from all parts of the globe. At MidAmerica Bedding, American Made means we use the highest quality, regionally sourced materials to produce mattresses at our factory in New Berlin, Wisconsin.

The Better Sleep Council offers a wealth of information for mattress buyers. The organization’s mission is to help people understand how a quality mattress aids in better sleep and a better quality of life. Visit https://bettersleep.org/ to boost your mattress IQ.

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