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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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How do I clean a memory foam mattress?

Keeping your mattress clean is no easy feat. You can regularly change your sheets, shower before bed, even wear a hairnet, but your mattress will still collect all the grimes of life as you sleep. The best method, whilst still not perfect, is to buy yourself a thick mattress topper, but why treat yourself to the comfiest of beds to throw a topper on it and change the whole feel of the bed. Memory foam mattresses are overall more hygienic than the standard mattress, however, this doesn't take away from the fact that they still require a good and regular clean. Many memory foam mattresses have a removable cover. This will usually come with washing instructions, ideally, follow these where possible. If they don't have instructions avoid using the washing machine and dryer. Opt for spot cleaning or hand washing. Steam cleaning or dry cleaning is usually preferable. Take your memory foam inner, and apply a light sprinkling of baking soda, this will help to absorb moisture that is currently in the foam and to reduce or eliminate odours. Leave your baking soda for around ten minutes to work its magic. Then simply vacuum this up. Finally, take a sponge and some warm soapy water and begin to spot clean ant remaining marks. Try to use as little water as this will help to speed the drying process up. If you have a memory foam mattress with a particularly strong odour, adding some white vinegar to the water can help with this.To dry, using a dry towel or even better, paper towels, press out as much moisture as you can. You will then need to leave the mattress to completely dry out. Ideally, this would be overnight, however, if you are planning to use the mattress that night we recommend you clean it as early in the day as possible to allow drying time. We recommend that you hoover your mattress each time you change your sheets. This will help to keep any unwanted smells at bay for as long as possible and leave you with a fresher feeling bed.

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How to choose a mattress for back pain

The right mattress for back pain varies depending on the individual. One that is perfect for one person's back pain, may work the opposite for another.  The best way to address the back pain, is to find the right mattress to support you. For example, sleeping on a hard floor will offer very rigid support, while sleeping on a pile of soft pillows will offer very little support at all.  Typical advice recommends that an orthopaedic mattress is the best option for individuals that suffer from back pain. However, this might not be the case for your circumstances. A good supportive mattress should mould to your shape while you sleep, while offering support, rather than just soft moulding. For example, a smaller individual who sleeps on their side, would find it extremely uncomfortable to sleep on an extra firm mattress as it would not contort to their body shape. Whereas a softer or a memory foam mattress would mould to the right shape, offering fuller support. Where two individuals share a bed, both need to be taken into consideration, and ideally either a mutual ground or a mattress that reduces the movement felt by the other person such as a pocket sprung or memory foam mattress where the movement is contained. Ensuring that measures are taken in your daily life and routine to reduce the risk of back pain can help you to get a good night's sleep even if your mattress isn't quite right for you. Include regular exercise to help improve the quality of your back muscles can help to reduce back pain over extended periods of time. Head over to our blog for more information on choosing the right mattress. 

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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.

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How Do I Clean My Mattress?

Being the extremely important investment they are, it’s important to keep your mattress clean. But how often should you clean it? And what do you need to clean it properly? Generally speaking, you should clean your mattress once every six months to ensure a good level of cleanliness -- this is true on both hard and soft mattresses.  It’s really easy to clean your mattress. You’ll just need some easy to find cleaning supplies: A hoover with an upholstery attachment Proper stain remover for your stains Clean, cold water Cloth or some other material Enough baking soda to cover the entire bed with at least one layer Step 1: Strip Bedding off Your Bed Take all the bedding off your bed and clean it.  Your washing machine should do the trick well -- although if you have delicate bedding you might want to do it by hand. Whether you decide to use the washing machine or not, hot water is best (as it removes dust mites). If you decide to use the washing machine, make sure you pay attention to the temperature and spin cycle count -- as having these two high or two low may affect the quality of the clean.  Step 2: Hoover the Bed Attach the upholstery attachment to your hoover and give it a spin over with your vacuum to remove any easy to hoover particles. Make sure you pay attention to the seams of your mattress -- as pieces of dust and crumbs can lodge themselves there, and you may need to work extra hard to get into the crevices (especially if you are dealing with an uneven surface).  Step 4: Take Out Stains The next step is to remove the stains out of the mattress. This might sound easy, but it can require quite a bit of thought!  The reason behind this is that certain stains require certain types of cleaning agent. For example, biological stains require a good enzyme cleaner. It’s important to remember that you should never apply any kind of cleaner directly to the mattress -- as this can damage the mattress material.  Whatever the cleaner you use, you should spray it onto a clean white cloth, and then blot the area with a cloth.  Afterwards, repeat the process, only with the enzyme cleaner replaced with cold water.  Step 5: Cover the Mattress With Baking Soda Ideally at this stage, you’d put your mattress out in the sun and allow it to absorb the fresh air. However, if that isn’t an option (and it rarely is) then sprinkling a layer of baking soda over the entire top surface of the mattress is another great option. Afterwards, leave it to dry. Ideally, you’d leave it for the entire night to seep in, but if you have to use it then a few hours should be long enough.  Baking soda absorbs moisture and breaks down any residual acid stuck to the material. Because of that, it removes odors very well.  Make sure you keep the window open while you’re using baking soda, though -- inhalation of baking soda can lead to some nasty health problems!  Step 6: Hoover (Again) Finally, hoover the mattress once again and give your mattress a bit of a shake -- as to remove any remaining baking soda particles.  Once you’ve finished hoovering your mattress, your mattress should be ready for use once again.  All you need to do now is make the bed once again and then have a good night’s sleep!  If you have any questions about our range of mattresses -- are unsure about the specific one for you, would like more information on sizing -- get in contact with us today. Our team will be happy to assist you.   

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How big is a queen size bed?

In the UK, we have a small single 75cm, a single 90cm, a three-quarter 120cm wide, double 135cm wide, king-size 150cm and a super king 180cm wide. A queen size is a label used by other countries and can vary in size depending on the country you are in. Browse Dial-a-Mattress' range of bed frames and find your ideal queen size bed today.

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