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Which cot bed mattress should I choose?

Purchasing a cot mattress is equally as important as purchasing any other mattress. There are as many options for cots as there are for full-size beds, and choosing the right mattress for your little one may not be as easy as purchasing the first one you see. Cot mattresses are available in all the standard forms, including spring, foam and pocket spring. It has been noted that when comparing the foam mattress with a firm sprung mattress for comfort for a small child, the sprung has been shown to be the best choice. Pocket sprung mattresses are the better quality of sprung mattresses as they keep the springs in place. As with all mattresses, the term "you get what you pay for" is accurate for cot mattresses. It is recommended that you purchase the best mattress that you can afford at the time. We understand that your little one may not get the same length of use out of the mattress as we do, ensuring that you purchase the best mattress you can, will help to keep them comfortable and give them a better night's sleep, which you will be thankful for! If you have any further questions regarding cot mattresses, or are still unsure about the best mattress for your little one, please feel free to get in touch with our team who will be happy to assist you.


What size is a cot bed mattress?

Standard size for a cot bed mattress is 70*140cm


Are memory foam mattresses hot?

Memory foam mattresses have previously been known for being the warmest mattress. While the mattress itself does not produce the heat, the dense foam retains your body heat while you sleep. Previously leaving the sleeper hot and bothered in the summer. However, advances in memory foam technology mean that the foam is no longer as dense leading to a cooler memory foam mattress.  The type of bedding that you are using on your memory foam mattress will also greatly affect the heat that it stores. Thicker duvets will help the mattress to retain heat throughout the night, and even during the day in summer. Switching to lighter duvets and thinner sheets will help to improve your temperature through the night.  Here at Dial a Mattress we also offer a number of mattresses that use cool touch fabrics such as cool feel memory foam and cool gel-type mattresses. Our collection of Memory Foam Mattresses are available in all sizes and our selection offers a mattress for each budget. If you require more information or you have any questions please don't hesitate to contact us today and a member of our team will be happy to assist you.


What is a pocket sprung mattress?

Similar to their predecessors, pocket sprung mattresses are compiled of a number of springs that can give the user either a firm base to sleep on, or a soft, dependant on the strength of the springs.  The largest difference between the standard spring mattress and the pocket spring mattress is that the springs are enclosed in individual pockets, hence the name. This design means that the spring can work independently of one another, reducing that well-known roll factor. This new design also increases the lifespan of the mattress as there is more protection against springs falling out of place or breaking through the mattress. However, we still recommend that your mattress is changed a minimum of every 8 years, regardless of whether it appears to be damaged.  Pocket sprung mattresses can appear to be slightly more expensive than the original mattress, however, you will find that they offer a significant amount of support, thus giving you a better night's sleep. A good night's sleep can, in many cases, make up for that additional expense.  Here at Dial A Mattress, we offer a great selection of Pocket Sprung Mattresses, available across all bed sizes. Our range is suitable for all budgets. For more information, please contact our team, who will be happy to discuss any queries you may have.


What is a latex mattress?

Latex mattresses are the newest mattress technology designed to give you a great night's sleep. Whilst few have heard of them, they are increasing in popularity as an excellent alternative to memory foam mattresses. Latex is made from a naturally occurring product and is a processed resin from the rubber tree, (there is also a synthetic version). Being natural it breathes naturally, and moulds to your body shape in a similar way to memory foam. There are a number of great benefits that latex mattresses offer in comparison to their competitors. This includes being naturally resistant to mould and dust mites, naturally hypoallergenic and boasting increased spine alignment.  There are a number of variations that are available, including standard pocket sprung or foam with a latex overlay to offer its excellent properties at a fraction of the cost. Full latex mattresses are currently an expensive investment, however, with this type of mattress, you will certainly be paying for quality. Here at Dial A Mattress, we offer a number of different types of mattresses to suit all budgets. Head over to our Mattresses page to see what we currently have to offer. If you require any further information, please do not hesitate to contact us today and a member of our team will be happy to assist you.


What are the best mattresses?

The best type of mattress is completely individual to the person who will be using it. Some individuals will prefer a firmer mattress, whilst others prefer a softer mattress. In terms of the best mattress to support your back, recent research has shown that a medium-firm memory foam mattress (or now latest mattresses) offer the best support as they mould to the shape of your body. Here at Dial A Mattress we also recommend pocket sprung mattresses with a high spring count. These mattresses can offer equal support regardless of if there are two people sharing, due to the springs working individually to contort to your body.If you suffer from allergies, the latest technology of latex mattresses may be the best option for you. Due to their naturally hypoallergenic properties and their resistance to dust mites, they can offer you a better night's sleep with half the concern. If you require more information on selecting the right mattress for you, please don't hesitate to contact us today and a member of our team will be happy to assist with your query. You can also head over to our blog where we regularly post about our mattresses and the best for you.


How is it best to clean a mattress?

Keeping your mattress clean helps to ensure that it remains both hygienic and in good condition. As adults we spend around ⅓ of our lives in bed, meaning that our mattresses will see more use than our sofa for example. This means that we leave our skin cells, and sweat behind when we get up in the morning. With this happening every day, it is important to keep on top of cleaning your mattress as it'll be more difficult when there is a build-up. If you are lucky enough to own a carpet cleaner, these are great to clean your mattress. However, please remember to allow your mattress to entirely dry before you remake your bed, otherwise, you might find yourself having a damp night's sleep. It can also lead to a damaged mattress or bedding. If you do not have a carpet cleaner, we have 6 simple steps to help you keep your mattress maintained and as clean and hygienic as possible: Strip your bed and wash your linen following the recommended care instructions on the label and inspect your mattress thoroughly. Vacuum the surface of your mattress using the upholstery attachment, making sure this is clean before you start. Remember to hoover under the bed to remove dust – this is especially important for people with allergies. Most stains can be removed using a mild detergent. Dip a clean sponge into the bubbles and clean the surface area with a circular motion from the outermost portion of the stain towards the interior of it. Leave to dry fully. Rotate your mattress from head to toe if it’s one-sided or you can flip it if it’s two-sided. If double-sided make sure you hoover both sides. Air out your mattress for a few hours letting the fabric breathe by opening a window and letting some fresh air in. Using a mattress protector beneath your sheet helps to protect it from dust, sweat and daily use. Keeping pets and children from jumping on and off your mattress will stop internal damage and prevent spills and other accidents. If you require more information on maintaining your mattress, please contact a member of our expert team today, who will be happy to advise you. If your mattress is starting to look worse for wear even after a good clean, it might be time to replace it. Head over to our mattress page to see what we have on offer at the moment.


How long should a mattress last?

A good mattress should last 8 years or more. If you need a new mattress please get in touch today to find out our latest deals.


How long do memory foam mattresses last?

Memory foam mattresses should last as long as any other mattress, it just means buying a better quality one. A firmer mattress should last longer than soft mattresses as with soft mattresses its harder for the fillings to recover fully. If you have any more questions about memory foam mattresses, please contact us today.

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