Is your caravan mattress safe for your family?
If you're planning a trip around Australia by caravan, a good quality caravan mattress is a wise investment – especially if you have kids.
Not all mattresses are created equal, and it's important to know what to look for when choosing bedding that's safe for your family, particularly if they have allergies.
Read our safe mattress buying guide to find out how to choose and look after caravan mattresses.
How often should I replace my mattress?
If you already have a caravan mattress, how long ago did you buy it? If you can't remember, or it's been subject to a lot of wear and tear since it might already be time to replace it.
It's recommended to replace a mattress after 10 years, as this is when springs and memory foam can start to wear down and become less supportive. If you often sweat in the night, the mattress could also be harbouring germs.
Using a mattress protector can extend the life of a caravan mattress. You should also wash your bedding on a regular basis to keep it fresh and hygienic – ideally cleaning bed linen once a week (or more often if you sweat at night) and pillows every three months.
Mattresses and allergies
If you or your child suffers from allergies, the type of mattress you sleep on can make a big difference. Most nightly allergies are caused by the droppings of dust mites, which can accumulate between the coils of spring mattresses.
Latex foam and memory foam mattresses are safer options for allergy sufferers, as these don't harbour contaminants so easily. You can check that a mattress has been tested for allergies or look for approvals by organisations such as the Australian Asthma Foundation.
Mattresses and bacteria
If you're diligent about keeping your caravan free from germs, you shouldn't overlook your mattress. These aren't the easiest items in the world to keep clean, so choosing an antibacterial mattress can help keep your family safe.
These mattresses are made from materials that inhibit the growth of bacteria and may also have antibacterial treatments applied. Latex mattresses are generally a safe option, while coil mattresses are the most likely to hold on to bacteria, mould, mildew and allergens.
Mattresses and back pain
Around 80 per cent of adults suffer from lower back pain at some point in their lives. If you have occasional or frequent back pain, it's essential that you choose a mattress that will support your spine while also being comfortable and minimising aches and pains.
The right mattress for back pain largely depends on your sleeping position. A medium-firm mattress is recommended for people who sleep on their backs, while a firmer mattress can be required if you sleep on your front. If you sleep on your side, you should choose a softer mattress that will cushion your shoulders and hips.
Antibacterial caravan mattress
Through our partnership with Slumberest, Clark Rubber now offers custom made caravan mattresses designed to your individual specifications for a more comfortable sleep on the road.
Our mattresses are approved by the Australian Asthma Foundation and treated with Health Guard and Ultra-fresh protection to help keep your family safe.