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Friday, July 11, 2008

A well made bed

In the course of my work moving people, I make a lot of beds. I would like to point out some things about beds that are important to the health and well being of you and your family.

Start with a good mattress, especially for children. Mattresses that are stained and sag are harboring a collection of germs and mites more staggering than the national debt. Not to mention the damage they are doing to your back and hips when the springs are shot.

Use a mattress pad on top of your mattress. Mattress pads are meant to be a washable protective layer between you and your mattress. They should be washed monthly in extremely hot water and dried thoroughly. They should be replaced regularly to ensure that they remain a protective barrier.

Pillows should be washed regularly as well. A pillow only has a life time of 1 to 2 years (forget the 5 year warranty tag!). All pillows should be covered with pillow protectors. These are inexpensive zippered covers that act as a washable protective barrier between you and your pillow.

Duvet or Duvet covers (same thing) are meant to go over comforters. They either zipper, button or tie at the bottom of the cover. They are meant as a washable protective barrier between you and your comforter and should be washed regularly.

We spend a good deal of time in our beds and caring for them properly will bring you years of comfort and better health.

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