A quality mattress is an expensive investment, and needs a certain amount of care and then it will last for a long time. You should spend some time looking into taking care of it, not just to make it last but to keep it in a health condition. A mattress can be easily forgotten when it comes to cleaning. It hides under bed linen and over time absorbs condensation, sweat, hair and various stains. Mattresses don’t react well to moisture and this is when it can lead to various problems with bacteria forming and causing bed bugs. Regular cleaning with a vacuum every week and turning the mattress every few months will help. For a more in depth deep clean hire a cleaning company every year to do a professional and thorough cleaning service. The experts will know how to treat stains and just a general clean to keep it in tip top condition. Make sure you hire a special mattress cleaning service with a good reputation so you know they will provide a good service. It is a costly job, but like other appliances in your home it will help keep it in a better condition. It will keep harmful bacteria at bay that can cause allergies, breathing problems and skin rashes etc. For the sake of you children and family a clean from a reputable cleaning agency will really get inside the fabrics and get to those germs that can cause various ailments to you and your family. There are some other self help things you can do to help keep your mattress in good condition for as long as you can. A good mattress can last between 5-8 years depending on the quality and how it is cared for. One of the first things you should do after buying a new mattress is to invest in some mattress protectors. These can be purchased in a size to suit your bed, and in various materials. They are washable and can be changed frequently. Make sure they are washed at high temperatures, along with the sheets, duvet covers and pillow cases to keep them germ free. Various germs form from just general use and dust, sweat and dirt builds up over time. If you have pets or small children this can add to the problem as tiny mites can fall from dogs and cats. Children can spill drinks and food, sweat overnight or be sick or even wet the bed, so they all go to causing a major mess that needs to be controlled for the health of your child and mattress. A quality cover will help to prevent some of this possible mess seeping into the fibers of the mattress and reduce the clean up job. A cover acts as an obstruction between the human body and the mattress, and will soak a lot of the moisture just from a night’s sleep. This will help prolong the life of the mattress. Covers are replaced easier and cheaper than new mattresses so it is worth buying them. Though it is a good idea to monitor the wear and tear of you bedding and mattress, and keep it serviced by a mattress cleaning service at least every year, sooner if your prefer. Some self help cleaning will also help. If there are any accidents with a child being sick or wetting the bed, or food and drink spillages then clean them up with a mild detergent and soft cloth. Try to not wet it too much as a mattress is hard to dry out.