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Easy Mattress Care Tips to Prolong the Life of your Mattress

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Though not a high maintenance item in your home, a little bit of mattress care every so often is a good idea. Especially when you consider how many hours you spend on it. I won’t bore you with the somewhat distasteful information about what might be going (or growing) on inside your mattress, but trust me, a little attention every now and again will help you rest easier.

Allergy sufferers may already know that mattresses are often a culprit of built up dust and allergens. Serta suggests regular vacuuming of your mattress to reduce allergens and dust, but notes that you should use your attachments to do so.

I recommend a good mattress and pillow protector to my customers, especially if you are prone to snacking in bed. You’ll want one that is made of a breathable fabric to allow the gel foams in your mattress to work properly and help with things like allergens, but it also protects from spills and stains. Any type of stain will void your warranty, it’s important to protect your investment. Mattress and pillows protectors are washable.

Rotating your mattress is another easy way to prolong the life of your mattress. Rotating not flipping, most mattresses are one sided. If you have a king size mattress you can turn quarterly to ensure even wear and to avoid the center of the mattress not getting use. The king size mattress is almost a square which allows you not just rotating head to toe.

If you mattress appears to be sagging in the middle make sure your bed has the proper support when it comes to your bed frames. All beds are required to have a center support legs to keep the integrity of your warranty.

At the end of the day, we all want a comfortable, clean place to sleep. Remember if your mattress is 10 years old or older it’s time to treat yourself to a new mattress for a good healthy nights sleep.

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Best Warranties and Michigan Made

How’s your sofa holding up? What about your favorite recliner? I ask, because I know we’re all spending more time than usual in them right now. Maybe the broken-down cushion that didn’t seem like such a bother a month ago, has really been causing a literal pain in your back. Oh wait…that’s your mattress causing the pain in your back.

If there was ever a time to notice the quirks, imperfections or downright problems with your current furniture, now during Shelter in Home, would be it! It’s also a good time to research and understand what companies you’d like to do business with when you’re able to replace these items.

There are a few companies I particularly like to recommend because of their better-than-industry-average warranties.

Flexsteel, for example, goes so far as to provide a Limited Lifetime Warranty on the internal structures of their furniture. That includes springs, wood frames, metal base, reclining mechanisms even the seat cushion foam and feathers. Something that further sets Flexsteel apart in the realm of durability is their patented component called Blue Steel Spring that’s used in their upholstered pieces, like sofas and chairs. I also enjoy recommending Flexsteel because of their commitment to being made in the USA.

Serta Mattresses is another American made company with an outstanding limited warranty. But what I really like about Serta is their 120-Day In-Home trial period. Although, I’ve rarely had a customer that has used this option, it certainly is nice to know that it’s available, especially because the comfort of your mattress is so important.

If we’re on the subject of American made and good warranties, I can’t leave out LaZBoy. It’s not only made in the USA, they’re headquartered right here in Monroe, Michigan. Their warranties are executed by the dealer you purchased from, so that means you’ll deal directly with our family here at Schroeder Furniture on any issues. In fact, one of the things that I’m most proud of about my store is our own in-house Service Manager. We’re able to take care of most issues that my arise right here and never even have to involve the manufacturer.

As a final note, whenever you’re investigating warranties, remember any warranty is only as good as the company standing behind it. The ones I’ve mentioned above, including Flexsteel, Serta, LaZBoy and of course my own company, Schroeder Furniture, have decades and decades of experience. They’re reputable and a pleasure to do business with.

I hope we never experience another pandemic in our lifetime. If, however, something like this does happen again, at lease next time, you’ll know your furniture and mattress were built for the long-haul.

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What is the best wood for my furniture?

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One of the questions you need to answer when getting a new piece of furniture is: What type of wood I want it to be? The answer depends on your budget and the expected usage of the piece. In this article, I will describe the characteristics of the different types of wood used to build furniture.

But first, you need to know that there are two types of woods: Hardwood and softwood. The first one comes from Angiosperms such as maple, oak, and walnut. Since they grow slowly, this type of wood has denser fibers. As hardwood is rare, it is relatively expensive compared to softwood. Softwood comes from gymnosperms, which are evergreen trees. This type includes trees such as pine, spruce, fir, cedar, juniper, redwood, and yew.


One of the more traditional woods in furniture making. It is lighter in weight than some of the other wood types here but has the strength of oak. We think of mahogany as reddish-brown; however, there are brighter colors of the wood. Genuine mahogany is sourced from Latin America and is becoming harder to find so It can be expensive.


Oak is a durable wood that is typically used for flooring and kitchen furniture. It is beautiful but can yellow over time. By contrast, red oak is slightly darker and porous. It also looks gorgeous and is relatively inexpensive.


Maple may be the ideal furniture wood. While there are many different types of maple, almost all are durable and make for great furniture. It wears extremely well. Maple is naturally non-toxic, so it is often used to make kitchen cutting boards.


Cherry darkens with time, giving it a vibrant look as it continues to darken. Cherry is relatively hard, and it can be resistant to scratches and dents. It has a smooth grain and is non-toxic.


Pine is a softwood and tends to be inexpensive. It’s prone to damage which makes it not the best wood for furniture.


Cedar is a relatively soft wood, so it’s not ideal for indoor furniture. However, for outdoor furniture, it’s quite good. Cedar is naturally weather resistant.

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