26th October 2018
Guides & Advice
It’s that time of year again when the clocks are changing. We’ve all heard the campaign reminding us to test our smoke alarms, but it’s also the perfect time to remember to turn or rotate your mattress.
Harrison Spinks mattresses are made up of multiple layers of luxurious natural fillings for their comfort and temperature regulating properties. Because most of us tend to sleep in a similar position each night, overtime these natural upholstery layers get to know your body shape – this is simply your mattress getting to know you! Rotating and turning your mattress in the first few weeks and months of purchase and thereafter just a couple of times a year will allow your mattress fillings to settle a little more evenly if you are keen to reduce body shapes appearing.
We find a good way to remind customers to turn or rotate their mattress (depending on what type you have purchased) is when the clocks go forward in the springtime and back again in the autumn. With the clocks going back for National Lay In Day on the 28th October, it's time to turn your mattress!
Before we explain how to turn or rotate your mattress, first of all it’s essential to check which type of mattress you have purchased. We make all sorts of different mattresses, suitable to the needs of different customers – the best place to find out what type of mattress you are sleeping on is to check the label sewn onto the mattress fabric.
A non-turn or turn-free mattress means that you should only ever be sleeping on one surface of the mattress. The way we construct this mattress means that there are more springs and fillings on the surface that you sleep on and a lot less on the underside. You can identify a turn free mattress by the words ‘turn free’, ‘single sleeping surface’ or ‘non-turn mattress’ on your mattress label. If you can’t spot these words, another identifier of a turn free mattress is the ‘non sleeping surface’ sticker which can be found on the underside of the mattress and looks like this:
Our pillowtop or box top mattresses look a little different to a regular mattress, and so should be easier to identify. They look like they have an extra pillow layer sewn onto the top of the main mattress. Pillowtop mattresses are designed in this way to house the majority of micro spring and natural filling layers and give a cradling feeling to your body while you sleep. Again they should be identifiable from the label so look out for the following words: ‘pillowtop’ and ‘boxtop’ but if you can’t spot these words, check again for the ‘non sleeping surface’ sticker which can be found on the underside of the mattress:
Turnable and seasonal turn mattresses often look very similar to non-turn mattresses but it’s the composition of the inside of the mattress that is different. The mattress is made up of tall pocket springs at the centre – these act as the backbone of the mattress – and then both above and below the mattress is layered with thousands of micro pocket springs and on top of those the natural upholstery layers you’ll find in all Harrison Spinks mattresses. This means you can sleep on either side of your mattress, and when the clocks change, it’s a good reminder to flip your mattress over and give the other side a go. Check the label and you should be able to find the words ‘turnable’ or ‘seasonal turn’ mattress somewhere. On the other side, you won’t be able to find the non-sleeping surface sticker that is identifiable on pillowtop or non turn mattresses.
Our seasonal turn mattresses have two sleeping surfaces. One side of the mattress will feature a wool blend close to the sleeping surface, whilst the other side features a cotton or linen based blend. The wool blend will help keep you warm and comfortable during the cooler months of the year, whilst the cotton blend will keep you fresh and dry in warmer months as cotton helps to wick away moisture. You will be able to tell if you have a seasonal mattress by looking for the warm side/cool side icon on the mattress label.
A turn free or pillowtop mattress should never be flipped over. Instead, it should be rotated twice a year.
Push the mattress at opposite corners A and B whilst it’s laying at.
Push on alternate corners A and B to position the mattress on the bed.
All done. Your mattress has now been rotated end to end.
Zip & Link?
If you have a non-turn Zip & Link mattress, unzip your mattresses first before rotating them both together through 180 degrees, without turning over.
Dual firmness mattresses:
One piece dual firmness mattresses (without Zip & Link) are those that have a firmer spring side and a softer spring side if you and your sleeping partner have two different comfort preferences. Rotating your dual firmness mattress will mean you and your partner will need to swap sleeping sides to maintain firmness preferences.
Note: If you struggle to rotate your mattress, do not worry, this is only a recommendation to help reduce body impressions.
Rotate the mattress to overhang the bed.
Raise the mattress up on its edge.
Lower the mattress gently to expose the other side.
Realign the mattress with the bed.
Dual firmness mattresses:
One piece dual firmness mattresses (without Zip & Link) are those that have a firmer spring side and a softer spring side if you and your sleeping partner have two different comfort preferences. To maintain your normal sleeping side, turn the mattress over from head to foot only.
Note: If you struggle to turn and rotate your mattress, do not worry, this is only a recommendation to help reduce body impressions.
It’s not essential that you turn and rotate your mattress, but the body impressions will be more pronounced and just take longer to even out. We understand our mattresses are very heavy, so we advise that you always seek assistance and do not lift them if you are not physically able to do so. Tip: the retailer from whom your mattress was purchased may offer a mattress turning service?
Register here for future reminders to turn your mattress.
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