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How to make your mattress last: DON’T make your bed every day (especially in summer)

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As a child, you may have been taught to make your bed every day as part of a productive morning routine.

But new advice suggests that making your bed as soon as you get up isn’t a good thing to do if you want to boost your health, wellbeing and longevity of a mattress.

This is because you need to allow the mattress to air and to avoid unhealthy moisture being trapped in the bed, especially in the summer. 

Making your bed as soon as you get up isn't necessarily a healthy thing to do as it is important to let the mattress air

Making your bed as soon as you get up isn’t necessarily a healthy thing to do as it is important to let the mattress air

Experts at The Sleep Council say the average adult loses 285ml of fluid each night as part of the sleeping process.

It means that if you make your bed every morning, the moisture is trapped to fester during the day, ready to be slept on again that evening.

Mattress retailer And So To Bed says recommend pulling back the bed linen to give the mattress the chance to breathe and for moisture to evaporate.

The moisture can get trapped between the mattress and the linen causing discolouration and odours.

The experts go on to explain that pulling back the bed linen is particularly important when temperatures are higher during the summer months.

Taking this step can help to make a mattress last longer and help to promote a greater sense of wellbeing.

Martin Gill, of And So To Bed, said: ‘If you want to ensure the longevity of your mattress, a really good habit to get into is to resist the urge to make the bed when you get up.

‘As we approach the summer months, and warmer weather, we will likely be sweating more in bed while we sleep. 

‘By making our beds in the morning we are trapping in that moisture, not allowing it to evaporate, which could lead to issues within the mattress fibres.

‘Instead pull back the linen and the mattress protector, open the windows and give your mattress some much needed ventilation. 

‘If you don’t have one already, it is a good idea to invest in a mattress protector to help wick moisture away from your mattress to help it last longer.

‘The summer months are a great time to service your sleep space, turn, rotate and even flip your mattress in line with the manufacturers care guidelines. 

‘It is also the time to change to some natural linen alongside variable and interchangeable duvets to ensure that you get the best quality sleep by helping keep your body temperature regulated when temperatures rise.’

We take a look at some of the more common questions about to look after your mattress.

For the first three months of having your double-sided mattress, it is recommended that you turn it over once a week, and after that, turn it over just once a month

For the first three months of having your double-sided mattress, it is recommended that you turn it over once a week, and after that, turn it over just once a month

Should you flip your mattress and if so, how often?

Whether you need to flip your mattress or not is dependent on the type of mattress you have.

Double-sided mattresses can be flipped and should come with the instruction to turn over regularly.

For the first three months of having your mattress, it is recommended that you turn it over once a week. After that, turn it over just once a month.

This will ensure that the filling is evenly placed and stop dips from forming.

Single-sided mattresses – such as those with memory foam on top – can not be flipped but should still be rotated 180 degrees.

Like with the double-sided mattress, for the first three months it is recommended that you rotate your mattress from head to toe once a week. After that, rotate it just once a month.

For natural fibre mattresses, it is recommended that you turn your mattress at least twice a week for the first three months and once a season after that.

This is to encourage even settlement of the mattress fillings and subsequently to extend its life.

How to clean a mattress?

Cleaning a mattress is no easy task, and in severe cases best left to a professional.

However, there are some smaller mattress cleaning tips that will help prolong the life of a mattress.

Don’t use a vacuum

It seems tempting to vacuum dust and fluff from your mattress but the powerful suction of a vacuum cleaner can cause the filling to become dislodged – which can lead to bumps and dips.

Instead, use a soft brush to remove the debris onto the floor, which can then be vacuumed.

Mattress protections are like taking out travel insurance on holiday because you hope it isn’t needed but you will be glad you have it if the worst happens 

Blot don’t scrub

Stains should be immediately tackled by blotting with a clean cloth.

If your mattress is filled with natural fibres this should be a dry cloth, ‘wet cleaning’ could damage the upholstery.

Other mattresses may be able to withstand warm soapy water on a rung out clean cloth, but always check the manufacturer’s advice before cleaning.

Hacks such as bicarbonate of soda and various harsh chemicals are not recommended.

Protect to prevent, rather than clean

And So To Bed said that mattress protections are ‘like taking out travel insurance on holiday’ because you hope it isn’t needed but you ‘will be glad you have it if the worst happens’.

It points out that mattresses are not easy to clean, which is why taking preventative measures through investing in a mattress protector is the best course of action to protect it.

These are washable so should a spill happen the protector can be removed, and easily washed in the washing machine, leaving your mattress unscathed.

However, it warns heavily against using any plastic between the mattress and linen as this can encourage condensation – which could damage the mattress. Cotton, bamboo or tencel is likely a better option.

Regularly wash your bedding and mattress protector

Wash your bed linen every one to two weeks and your mattress protector once a month.

Regularly cleaning these will stop any dirt seeping through the mattress, keeping it cleaner for longer.

In the summer, you may have to clean your linen and protector more regularly due to sweat.

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Bluewater grows its entertainment offer (GB)

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Landsec has announced the opening of a third ‘UK first’ attraction at Bluewater, Kent as the destination expands its partnership with Hangloose Adventures. Skydive, a free-fall experience not found anywhere else in Europe, and the UK’s only outdoor skydive machine has opened at the centre. It follows on from Europe’s biggest purpose-built giant swing, standing at 46-metre tall, which opened at Bluewater earlier this month.  

 

The announcement builds on a successful first year for Hangloose’s initial attraction Skywire, the longest zip wire in England, which has welcomed 30,000 guests since launching at Bluewater last June. Landsec will continue to work with Hangloose to expand its offering, with up to five more experiences set to open at the centre by 2024: a bungee tower, giant slide, clip and climb, waterdrop boulding wall, and Via Ferrata, a route-marked climb using metal rails and rungs embedded in Bluewater’s cliff walls.

 

Mark Warne, Brand Account Director F&B and Leisure at Landsec commented: “Delivering new experiences which are unique to Bluewater is central to our overall offer for guests. Hangloose’s innovative concept raises the bar when it comes to leisure attractions and draws guests from across the UK to Kent. By partnering with Hangloose to grow their business and create shared value, we’ll be able to give guests even more exciting experiences every time they visit.”

 

Brian Phelps, MD of Hangloose Adventure, said: “Since the beginning, we’ve worked closely with Landsec to grow our leisure concept and drive performance, putting us in a unique position where we’re able to expand our offer after only a year. We’ve enjoyed great success at Bluewater so far and are already thinking about how we can provide even bigger and better experiences in the future.”

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Author with immaculate house offers ten tips for a clean home

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Is this the secret to NEVER having to clean? Houseproud author claims she saves hours by sticking to a ten-step mantra – including banning chairs in bedrooms, wiping as you cook and only ironing shirts and dresses

  • UK writer Natali Juste Simmonds says she’s cracked keeping a home clean, by sticking to a few simple ground rules – and making sure family members comply
  • She shared top ten tips for keeping a home spotless with her 20,000 followers
  • Among them are ditching a toilet brush in the bathroom, not having a chair in the bedroom and cleaning  the kitchen while you cook

A houseproud author has revealed her ten essential tips for keeping a house spotless – saying simple ground rules for family members and cleaning as you go means never wasting time on dull chores. 

Writer Natali Juste Simmonds, who was born in the UK but now lives in the Netherlands, penned her top ways to keep on top of cleaning on Twitter, saying she has time to focus on her writing because she follows her own advice about dodging ‘thankless’ cleaning tasks. 

The author of a series of paranormal romance novels told her 20,000 followers on Twitter: ‘I know so many people who spend hours cleaning up after their family every day, but I refuse to. 

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UK writer Natali Juste Simmonds says she's cracked keeping a home clean, by sticking to a few simple ground rules - and making sure family members comply

UK writer Natali Juste Simmonds says she’s cracked keeping a home clean, by sticking to a few simple ground rules – and making sure family members comply

‘It’s boring and thankless. I prefer to write. Yet my house is spotless. Here are 10 ways to keep on top of s*** so you don’t have to clean for hours.’ 

Sharing her ‘tough love’ mantra, she said that the key to keeping a home clean is making sure every family member is engaged, saying learning how to tidy is a lifeskill that everyone needs – and no-one should get away with not doing it. 

Natali wrote: ‘Train everyone in the house to do the following (cats are the exception). After a while these habits will become routine, but you MUST stick to them and make sure no one is let off the hook.’ 

Among the tips are filling a bag with things that are in the wrong place at the end of every day and placing them back where they belong. 

Tidy home, tidy mind: The Netherlands-based writer shared her top ten tips for keeping a home spotless with her 20,000 followers on Twitter - saying that making sure everyone in the house pulls their weight is key (Pictured: An office area in Simmonds' home)

Tidy home, tidy mind: The Netherlands-based writer shared her top ten tips for keeping a home spotless with her 20,000 followers on Twitter – saying that making sure everyone in the house pulls their weight is key (Pictured: An office area in Simmonds’ home)

The writer also claims having a toilet brush doesn’t help keep a loo clean and dousing it with bleach instead is a more reliable way to ensure it’s sparkling. 

And getting used to wiping down mirrors after using a sink also helps, she claims, writing: ‘Keep a dry cloth next to the bathroom sink. Every time someone uses the taps or brushes their teeth, wipe down the counter and mirror. Takes literally 2 seconds. No cleaning toothpaste stains off counters.’

Teaching kids to pull their weight around the house is key to success, and equality reigns supreme in the Simmonds house. 

Among her top tips are ditching a toilet brush in the bathroom - using just bleach instead; not having a chair in the bedroom - to prevent people leaving clothes on them - and cleaning the kitchen while you cook (Pictured: Simmonds' very tidy office)

Among her top tips are ditching a toilet brush in the bathroom – using just bleach instead; not having a chair in the bedroom – to prevent people leaving clothes on them – and cleaning the kitchen while you cook (Pictured: Simmonds’ very tidy office)

‘If one kid lays the table, the other clears. If one hangs out the washing, the other collects. I don’t say “I need help with dinner” I say “who will chop the veg and who will wash up?” Its called a presumed close. I have no option, why should others in my house?’

The author, who has written books including the Indigo Chronicles trilogy and the Blood Web series, admits that having a cleaner is still useful…because they can help keep on top of areas where grime quickly builds, including fridges and ovens – but she suggests ditching a takeaway a week to cover the cost. 

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DIA Group closes 25 Minipreco stores in Portugal

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DIA Group has closed 25 Minipreco stores in Portugal, resulting in the loss of approximately 159 jobs. The retailer said the closures are the result of ‘the effort to adapt, modernise and balance the operations of DIA Portugal, with the aim of better preparing the company for current and future challenges arising from the current economic situation in the country,’ according to media reports. In the last two years, the multinational company operating in Spain, Portugal, Brazil, and Argentina, accumulated losses of over €620m.

 

In Portugal, net sales reached €283.1m in the first half, 4.5% below the €296.3m generated in the same period last year, due to the reduction of stores and mobility restrictions. DIA Group confirmed its intention to continue to invest in Portugal. The company hopes to adjust its operation to the current reality in order to ensure the future success of the company.

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