Mattresses found within rental properties are stereotypically crawling with mites, covered in stains, being full of holes, and having springs sticking out of every angle, making them very uncomfortable. Although sadly this can be true in some cases, in reality, the majority of mattresses in rental accommodation are adequate – but it can be difficult to know where to start when choosing a mattress.
Here Andrew Waters, mattress expert at 1907 – a manufacturer of luxury natural and memory foam mattresses – offers some simple tips to landlords of private rented accommodation on selecting a mattress and its aftercare, in order to achieve the longest lifespan possible for the product.
Selecting a mattress
When selecting a mattress for rented accommodation, we recommend landlords use the same philosophy as they would when choosing a mattress for their own home – after all a tenant who is relaxed (helped by a good night’s sleep) is more likely to stay in a property for longer which makes the life of a landlord much easier!
Although it can be tempting to buy the cheapest mattress you can find, you may discover that you have to replace it more often than a better quality product and the signs of disrepair, such as stains or loose springs, become evident more quickly.
Instead, 1907 recommends that you buy the best mattress you can afford. By doing so you will achieve a greater lifespan for the mattress and you are likely to have happier tenants. Although there is no definitive answer as to whether to go for a memory foam or a natural mattress, it is worth considering both options for rented accommodation and understanding the properties of each.
Natural mattresses are filled with a range of materials including wool, horsehair, cotton and coir which provide varying support depending on the composition of each material – the various elements work together to offer benefits such as natural insulation, which combine to provide a comfortable night’s sleep. Natural mattresses contain open coil or pocket spring systems and some are even spring-free.
Memory foam mattresses on the other hand, have a unique open cell structure which reacts to body heat, moulds around your body and eliminates pressure points. Memory foam allows you to settle for long periods without constant tossing and turning, which gives you a restful sleep. Memory foam mattresses also contain open coil or pocket spring systems.
Caring for your mattress
To make sure your mattress wears evenly, they need to be turned regularly. Ideally you should flip and rotate a natural mattress once a month, and memory foam mattresses should be rotated end to end with the memory foam layer on the top once a month. Although there is no guarantee tenants will remember or be motivated do this, during inspections it’s always worth reminding them to do so, or doing it yourself during change-over.
At change-over time, if the mattress surface has become dirty or soiled, use an upholstery shampoo, with warm water and a sponge to clean it. However, it’s essential to not allow the interior materials of the mattress get wet, and do not use solvent-based cleaners as they can damage the foam in memory foam mattresses or discolour the fabric covering of a mattress which makes them aesthetically less appealing.
Mattress protectors or mattress toppers can also add significantly to the lifespan of a mattress so consider investing in one for rented accommodation. They are fairly inexpensive so can be replaced or washed when new tenants arrive.
For further information on how to care for your mattress and to view the 1907 range visit: www.1907beds.co.uk