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How to repair your mattress if you didn't add product protection

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We spend nearly a third of our lives sleeping, so investing in a quality mattress and making it last isn’t just a good idea, it’s necessary for our health and well-being. A high-quality mattress can last for years, but you never know when an accident might happen, and if you don’t have product protection, you’ll be responsible for any repairs or replacements you might need—which can cost you well over $1,000 depending on which type of bed you have. 

You never want to be left on the hook for that much money, which is why it's important to invest in product protection. When you subscribe to Mulberry Unlimited, you can get coverage for your mattress and all your furniture under the same product protection plan, giving you the peace of mind you need to rest easy at night.

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Inspect your mattress

The first thing you need to do is take some time to thoroughly inspect your mattress. Look for any signs of damage or structural weakness, like tears, holes, or sagging. Take note of anything you find to make it easier to come up with a course of action.

If you notice your mattress is sagging in the center, you’ll need to add support to help distribute your weight evenly and prevent it from getting worse. You can do this by simply placing a piece of plywood between the box spring and mattress.

If you’re dealing with any tears or holes in your mattress, you can fix them up with a mattress patch kit, which you can purchase online or at your local home improvement store. All you need to do is follow the provided instructions and you’re good to go.

Remove stains and odors

If you don’t use a mattress protector, there’s a good chance you have some stains and/or odors on your mattress. Whether you’re debating how to clean mattress topper stains or how to clean memory foam mattress odors, the strategies are the same.

One of the best options is to steam clean mattress stains to get deep enough in the material to lift the stain and remove unpleasant odors. This also helps remove dust, dirt, and allergens. Just make sure you let the mattress dry thoroughly before you put any protector or sheets over it.

For stubborn odors, sprinkle baking soda over your mattress and let it sit for several hours, then vacuum it up. You’ll notice it smells much fresher, but make sure you only do this when the mattress is completely dry.

For stubborn stains, you can use a simple homemade cleaning solution of equal parts white vinegar and water. Spot treat stains the same way you would with furniture and clothing. Make sure you use a clean cloth to blot the stain.

Prevent future damage

Once your mattress is repaired, take some steps to prevent further damage in the future. If you don’t already have a mattress protector, purchasing one should be first on your list. Also, try to remember to rotate your mattress every now and then to prevent uneven wear and tear.


Repairing a mattress on your own might seem challenging, but it’s actually relatively simple. However, if your mattress is sagging, these DIY methods aren’t ideal for long-term use, and eventually you’ll want to get a replacement.

To help protect yourself from the cost of repairs and replacements in the future, subscribe to Mulberry Unlimited and gain access to the lowest extended warranty rates on the market. You'll get unlimited coverage and claims with no deductibles or hidden fees, all for an affordable monthly price. When you have product protection with no limitations, it makes it that much easier to invest in the bed you really deserve to sleep on.

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Kim Miller

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Kim Miller is the Head of Consumer Marketing at Mulberry. She is passionate about building products and brands that make consumers happy, save them money and make their lives easier. Have an innovative idea for Mulberry you'd like to share? Give her a shout! She'd love to chat about anything from fintech and UX to gardening and antiquing.

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