3 Benefits of a Beautyrest Innerspring Mattress

3 Benefits of a Beautyrest Innerspring Mattress (Large)

Classic styles are classic for a reason – they never go out of fashion. Innerspring mattresses tend to use springs which have been viewed as outdated or not good for supporting your body, which is just not the case.

The Beautyrest pocket coil mattresses aren’t old beds. They’re innovatively engineered and have evolved to become much more supportive of the back as well as help with proper spine alignment. Don’t let the words spring and coil scare you!

There are many benefits to sleeping on a Beautyrest pocket coil mattress, and if you never test one out, you’ll never know what you’re missing out on!

Variety

You aren’t limited when it comes to innerspring mattresses because there’s a wide variety to choose from! Some Innerspring beds have more coils and springs adding extra firmness or softness to the mattress. If you happen to be a warm sleeper, innerspring beds tend to be cooler than other types of bed such as all foam.

You could even find a hybrid bed that mixes both springs and memory foam to make a unique mattress. Talk to a sales associate at your local mattress store to get a better idea of what kind of technology and comfort you’d want in your perfect bed. The options are endless!

Affordable

Because there are so many kinds of Beautyrest pocket coil mattresses, finding a bed that’s within your budget will not be a problem. Deciding on which one you want is what you’ll have to worry about! Check in at your closest Beautyrest mattress store to see if there are any promotional offers going on that you could take advantage of!

Traditional and Familiar

This kind of mattress has been around for so long for a reason. It works! People keep coming back to Beautyrest pocket coil mattresses because they’ve worked time and time again. They continue to change while keeping the famous pocket coil technology and comfort, making the Beautyrest mattresses a timeless, luxury bed.

Next time you’re out looking for mattresses, try out a few Beautyrest pocket coil mattresses. You’ll find that they are supportive and comfortable beds worthy of sleeping on.

Gerry, Your Sleep Expert

Your Complete Bedroom Spring Cleaning Checklist

Your Complete Bedroom Spring Cleaning Checklist

You know when the days get longer, and the sun shines brighter, it’s spring cleaning time! After a long cold winter, we get that instinctive urge to open windows and freshen things up. With that extra daylight, we can see what we miss in the dark of winter. We shouldn’t, however, keep it only to new comforters and sheets, but consider a full room makeover.

Here are some ceiling-to-floor simple ideas to get that fresh feel back into your bedroom.

1) Wash Your Walls and Ceiling

This isn’t as difficult as it sounds. Begin by removing all the wall hangings and window dressings as well as all items from the top of your dressers. Your bed should be bare except for an old sheet to protect the mattress from falling debris.

Open all windows. Using a damp microfibre style mop with a telescopic handle, wipe the ceilings and walls. Regularly rinse out the mop in the bucket. If you suffer from allergies, add a few drops of lavender to the water as this will add an extra layer of anti-bacterial protection.

2) Dust Everything Else

If there are any hanging lamps or ceiling fans, get to those next with a vacuum and damp cloth. Table lamp shades should be vacuumed and intricate designs cleaned with a damp cloth. Vacuum the backs of the dressers, something always missed which collects its share of dust. Rather than returning everything back to the dresser, reduce, recycle, or reuse elsewhere.

3) Paint or Not to Paint

Painting a bedroom

Your bedroom may be in dire need of more than a wipe down so if you see a paint job in your future, consider colors that are known to promote a better-quality sleep. Experts say that before you pick your colors you should consider your décor style: dark and cozy or light and airy, solids or patterns.

Experts also say that your bedroom walls should promote relaxation so light blues, greens, grays, and whites are the best. Add your unique style with a punch of color in your selected accessories.

4) Clean Your Bed

Wash or Replace Your Sheets: The life expectancy of bed sheets is typically 10 years, but it is all dependent on the quality of the fabric, the wear and tear they have seen, and washing methods. Refer to this informative blog When to Change Your Bed Sheets for more expert-suggested guidelines.

Use a Mattress Protector: Some consumers skip this level of protection for their mattress, but they really shouldn’t. To stretch the life of your mattress from the wear and tear, stains, and ensure allergen protection, mattress protectors should be your first line of defence! Read more from my previous blog Mattress Protectors: The Buying Guide.

Vacuum Your Mattress and Bed Frame: One last step before you place your mattress protector and sheets back on, make sure the mattress top gets a good vacuuming. Sprinkling some baking soda infused with a few drops of lavender oil will ensure that you are getting to the microscopic bugs and bacteria.

Your headboard and footboard, as well as your bed frame, should get a good clean, ideally with a damp cloth.

For complete information about how to care for your mattress, read these two blogs:

Vacuuming your bed frame

Don’t Forget Your Pillow: Where you place your head at the end of the day should be clean and protected from allergens. Wash your pillows regularly as per manufacturer’s instructions and always use a protective case before your bedding’s pillowcase.

These two blogs will help you with that step:

5) Declutter Your Drawers and Closet

This may be by far the most difficult for many as it usually means getting rid of stuff you no longer need but tug at your heart. The simplest route would be to use the KonMari method. This method for decluttering uses the philosophy of keeping only what makes you happy and not focusing on the end result of donating or discarding. It essentially becomes a meditative practice. See the Kon-Mari method in action below.

Happy Spring cleaning!

Angela, Your Sleep Expert

Updraft vs. Downdraft, Kitchen Ventilation Explained

Kitchen Ventilation Updraft vs downdraft

There are two main options when it comes to kitchen ventilation: an updraft range hood or a downdraft vent. Which is better depends on your needs, your space, and your preference.

To start, you need to determine your minimum ventilation requirement. Ventilation strength is measured in CFM, or cubic feet of air moved per minute, and there are a number of factors to consider when determining how many CFMs you need.

Measure the width of your cooking surface. It’s recommended that you have 100 CFM for every 12 inches of cooking space, and 100 CFM for every 10,000 BTUs your stove is capable of generating. Cooking with gas will require a minimum of 400 CFM. At a bare minimum most building codes require 400 CFM when you’re cooking with gas, and if you cook with a lot of oils then you’ll need to add an additional 100 CFM to ensure you have enough ventilation to draw the grease from the air.

Updraft Kitchen Ventilation

Updraft ventilation consists of a vent (or hood) located above a cooking surface. Air is drawn into the fan, passes through filters, and is either exhausted outdoors through a metal duct or re-circulated back into the kitchen. This type of ventilation is the most effective for removing smoke, odours, and particulates naturally rise into the vent.

The downside to updraft ventilation (pardon the pun) is keeping the apparatus clean: filters must be checked, cleaned and in some cases changed regularly and the vent may be difficult to clean. Some fans are noisy – do a sound-check before you buy. And the more sophisticated the design, the more costly the apparatus.

However, if you have professional-level appliances, do a lot of grilling or frying, or cook with gas, then you should definitely consider updraft ventilation. Visually, updraft ventilation can be more obtrusive, but your kitchen will stay cleaner, you’ll successfully vent more heat, and capture more odours then you will with a comparable downdraft unit.

Downdraft Kitchen Ventilation

Downdraft kitchen ventilation

Downdraft ventilation is integrated into your countertop or cooking appliance for a more streamlined appearance. In fact, most models feature a vent that rises up next to the cooktop when you are cooking and then recedes back into the base when not in use. Drawing air down from the cooking surface, downdraft appliances vent through your cabinetry where the filtered air is then recirculated or vented outside.

If your cooking generates a lot of steam, if you have an island cooktop that can’t support a hood, or you really just don’t like the look of an over-the-range appliance, then a downdraft vent could be your best choice. Easier to clean and more effective at whisking away odours and smoke than updraft units, downdrafts struggle when it comes to drawing steam from taller pots and pans. They may also “steal” some heat from your cooktop and because of those types of inefficiencies, they generally aren’t recommended if you require more than 300 CFM.

When it comes to ventilation, it’s always better to be safe than sorry. Be sure to talk to a contractor if you have any concerns and always remember that you can never have too much fresh air.

Isabelle, Your Appliance Expert

How to Deep Clean Your Bed in 5 Steps

Deep Clean Your Bed in 5 Steps

Cleaning your bed does not have to be the toughest chore on the list. Although some items composing your bed should be washed weekly, other pieces can use a clean on a varying schedule. When you strip down your bed, you should have sheets and pillow cases, mattress protector, comforter or duvet, throw pillows and shams, and, of course, the mattress itself.

Let’s take a closer look at each of these products on their own, but remember to always read the label for the manufacturer’s suggested product care.

1) Sheets and Pillow Cases

As these are the items that are closest to our bodies and therefore more likely to be soiled, they should be washed on a weekly basis. To reduce your chore list, consider a backup set or two in your closet, and wash them at a later time. Although there are soaps that work best in cold water, always wash these in hot water to remove all traces of allergens. Place them in your dryer in the gentle cycle with a couple of tennis balls to keep them from clumping and tumbling smoothly in the machine.

2) Mattress Protector

These are the workhorses of your bedding. The best quality ones that promise allergen protection and stain resistance can be washed every 2 or 3 months. Consider every change of season to help you remember your schedule. Of course, reading the label for the manufacturer’s washing instructions should always be considered. Most can be washed in warm water and tumble dried.

If you don’t have a mattress protector, you should seriously consider buying one. Check out our buying guide here for things you should know when shopping for one.

Cleaning Your Duvet and Comforter

3) Duvets or Comforters

Sticking to the same schedule as you did for your mattress protectors, clean your duvets or comforters seasonally. Most of them can easily fit into your standard washing machine but make sure to follow the manufacturer’s washing instructions to protect your investment.

Depending on their usage and materials, some comforters may require an industrial machine wash. For information on how to clean duvets and comforters, read our previous blog, How to Wash Duvets and Comforters.

4) Pillows

Two at a time, these can be easily washed and whitened in a regular washing machine on a monthly or seasonal basis depending on their usage. Throwing in the pillow protector with your sheets weekly wash will add extra cleanliness. Feather, down, or polyester-filled wash well in a standard machine while moulded pillows should be vacuumed regularly.

For more tips, refer to our blog “How to Wash Pillows”. If you own a Tempur-Pedic pillow, this is how you should clean it Tempur-Pedic Pillow Care.

5) Mattress

Finally, the cleaning of your bed wouldn’t be complete without cleaning the mattress. While your sheets and mattress protector are in the wash, sprinkle baking soda with a sieve all over the mattress surface. Let sit for an hour, then vacuum. Take the time to rotate your mattress to reduce body impressions, and clean your headboard and footboard as well as your bed frame.

For more information about how to care for your mattress, read our previous blog How to Clean and Care for Your Mattress.

Now that you know how to take care of your sleep system, let’s get cleaning!

Angela, Your Sleep Expert

Get Rid of Stains with Pre-soaking Options

Get Rid of Stains with Pre-soaking Option (Large)

Whether it is a grass stain on your child’s soccer uniform, a perfect splat of mustard on your favourite pair of jeans or even red wine that uncle Henry spilled on your new area rug, we all have experienced those unexpected stains that need to be soaked and scrubbed before they go into the washer.

Now for those of you who have a washtub conveniently located near your washing machine, you soak the item and then transfer it into the washer so that the stain doesn’t set. Now, in newer homes, your laundry pair might be installed upstairs near the bedrooms or in a mudroom with no washtub nearby, so you end up having to use a sink or the bathtub.

Think about it, what a mess you could have on your hands. You have a stain that you need to soak so you head for the bathroom sink, you didn’t bring any stain removal product so you use the hand soap conveniently located next to the sink, you try your best to wring it out but you end up stretching and deforming the item.

Did you do enough to get the stain out? Probably not. So you take the dripping wet item and you hurry to get it into the washing machine but you have left a trail of water throughout the house. Sound familiar?

Wouldn’t it be nice to have an option on your washing machine to pre-soak instead of having to go through all the above-mentioned trouble?

Good news is that a few of the most popular appliance brands have thought about this so your laundry day just got a whole lot easier.

Samsung has thought of everything when it comes to their top load washer featuring activewash™. The best of both worlds have come together, with an actual sink built right inside the washer for all your stain removal and pre-washing needs. With when you are ready to wash the item, all you need to do is lift the sink and let the items fall into the washer. To see activewash™ in action, watch the video below.

Now if you prefer front load laundry instead of top load laundry, don’t worry. Samsung has also thought about this as well. Whether you use steam to combat those pesky stains or you use the Pre Wash cycle, dirt and stains don’t stand a chance. Samsung’s Prewash is a cold-water cycle that you can run prior to the main wash cycle, this can be used for heavily soiled laundry and again no mess.

Whirlpool also has a solution in their top load laundry called Active Spray Technology, because everyday life can get messy at time. Active Spray technology virtually eliminates the need to pretreat clothing, but how does it work? This cycle saturates the entire load with a concentrated mixture of detergent and water and continues to recirculate this mixture. The clothes are sprayed evenly and thoroughly so there is no need to pre-treat and your load will come out clean. Check out the following video that highlights this key feature.

Like Whirlpool and Samsung, GE Appliances has also tackled this need with their newest technology known as the Water Station. This is an internal faucet that dispenses water and detergent so that you can easily pre-wash your clothes to avoid those stains setting in. Say goodbye to having to worry about where you are going to pre-treat those pesky stains and the mess that goes along with it.

Another option for you is GE Appliances’ Stain Inspector™. This specialty cycle lets you pick from over 40 preset stains and the washer settings are automatically adjusted and set for you. Who wouldn’t want to take all the guesswork out of wondering what water temperature you need to use to treat a particular stain?

So whether it is a grass stain on your child’s soccer uniform, a perfect splat of mustard on your favourite pair of jeans or even red wine that uncle Henry spilled on your new area rug, you don’t have to worry anymore. No more elbow grease is needed, let the washing machine do the work for you. If you are in the market for a new laundry pair, visit the BrandSource website to find a retailer in your area.

Isabelle, Your Appliance Expert

Top Load vs. Front Load: Which Washer Is Best for Me?

Top Load vs. Front Load Which Washer Is Best for Me

When it comes to picking out a new laundry pair, deciding between top load or front load isn’t a matter of ‘what’s best’, but more a matter of ‘what’s best for me’. There are many advantages for both types of machine so it is ultimately up to what you prefer and what works best for your home. Here’s a short list we hope will help in your decision-making.

Front Load Washer

Front Load Washer

A front load washer is for you if:

  • Your laundry room is tight on space, this washer can be stacked.
  • You want to wash more items at once and accommodate bulky items, without sacrificing cleaning performance. The front load washer’s large capacity allows for this.
  • You want to add in the power of steam! Many units also let you add steam to the wash cycle to improve stain removal. Several brands offer steam power in both front load washers and their dryers.
  • You want to be energy efficient. Front-loading machines are the most energy efficient since their wash cycle uses less water and the high spin speed of front load washers extract more moisture from wet loads, which means you can also cut down on drying time.

Top Load Washer

Top Load Washer

A top load washer is for you if:

  • You have limited movement or would like to limit the bending required to load from the front.
  • You’re a little forgetful and want the freedom some top-loaders still offer to add laundry after the cycle has started.
  • A short wash time is important to you.
  • You are on a second floor or you want to minimize vibration from the spin cycle.
  • You do laundry infrequently (they are at the cottage) and don’t want musty scents or mildew to grow.
  • You find its control panel uncomplicated and intuitive-to-operate.

Still need help deciding what washer will work best for you? Visit your local BrandSource store and one of our appliance experts can help you pick out the perfect laundry pair.

Isabelle, Your Appliance Expert

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How to Wash Duvets and Comforters

How to Wash Duvets and Comforters - Large

Although duvets and comforters are both the last covering we place on our bed, there are distinct differences between the two, namely their fabrication, filling and care.

Follow me as I go through some of their differences and explain how to wash duvets and comforters.

Duvets

What is a Duvet?

Duvets are essentially bags filled with down, feathers or polyester fibres for a lofty soft comfort that sits gently on the top of your mattress. Their pocket stitched design promotes warmth in the winter and coolness during the summer.

They are stuffed into a fashionably designed bag, or duvet cover with a zippered or buttoned closure, and may have matching shams and decorative cushions. The overhang off the edges is minimal, so a bed-skirt to cover the base mattress is suggested.

What is a duvet

How to Wash Duvets

Unless the manufacturer’s label states otherwise, washing duvets can be done in a standard washing machine, unless it is polyester-filled which may require industrial-sized-washers and dryers. Synthetic fibres do not flatten, as natural fibres do, so their volume remains the same requiring more room to agitate.

A small amount of gentle soap in the gentle cycle every season will be enough to restore its freshness and extend the life of your duvet. An extra cold-water rinse will help remove any soap residue. If there is any yellowing of the fabric, consider adding 1 cup of peroxide and ½ cup of white vinegar to your detergent, which will restore the whiteness.

How to Wash a Duvet

Your duvet and cushion covers can be easily washed weekly along with your bed sheets. It all depends on how many sticky fingers or soiled paws come to rest on your bed. Throwing in a couple of tennis balls into the dryer on the low temperature setting will prevent clumping of the filling and help with the tumbling.

Make certain that the filling is completely dry before throwing it onto your bed to prevent mould. It may require a couple of hours. Once dry, a good shake to fluff up the pockets of filling will restore that soft lofty look that is customary on a duvet-covered bed.

Comforters

What is a Comforter?

Comforters have less filling, have an intricate stitched design throughout and typically hang to the floor. They are generally sold in the bed-in-a-bag concept where a complete set of matching items like shams, cushions, and sometimes even curtains are included. In many cases, these are mostly decorative and removed completely at bedtime while a blanket for warmth and comfort lies underneath it.

In many instances they have a usable reversible side, which can extend its washing cycle if it is soiled. Nevertheless, washing them regularly is still the best way to keep allergens at bay, and stains from forming when there are spills, sticky fingers, or muddy paws about. As with duvets, giving them a good wash every season is ideal.

How to Wash a Comforter

How to Wash Comforters

Washing your comforter may not be very easy in your standard washer as most are polyester filled and as mentioned above, the fibres don’t flatten and require more space. Besides, they are much larger by design. Most of the cushions that come with the set have removable cases, but those that don’t can also be thrown in the wash in a standard machine depending on their size.

Following any specific manufacturer’s washing instructions, using a small amount of gentle soap in the gentle cycle will do the job. Any stains can be spot-treated beforehand. Although not as lofty as a duvet, there is some fluffing to do to get all the fibres back in their place. Using tennis balls in the dryer will restore your comforter back to its original state.

Whether you prefer duvets or comforters, keeping them clean and allergen-free for your comfortable sleeping experience is essential. Make it a seasonal thing!

Angela, Your Sleep Expert

GE Knows How to Be Energy Efficient

GE Knows How to Be Energy Efficient

Having the right appliances in your home can make a world of difference when it comes to paying your utility bill every month. Some kitchen appliances that haven’t been updated or some that have issues such as leaks can cost you more in the long run. It’s better to go out and buy a refrigerator or washing machine in that’s in good shape than hold onto one that does its job poorly.

We understand it’s hard to let go and spend the money on something else, but you must realize, you’ll actually be saving money! So, when the time comes where you decide to replace your appliances, we recommend going with GE. They are known for producing energy efficient appliances that are made to conserve energy and the environment.

Energy Star Certified

The Energy Star program is aimed at helping business and individuals save money while also protecting the environment through the use of superior energy efficiency. The only way to earn the “Energy Star” label is by testing the products in EPA-recognized laboratories.

GE now has been Energy Star certified for numerous appliances including refrigerators, dishwashers, washing machines, chest freezers, and more! One of the best parts about GE Energy Star certified products is that they don’t sacrifice performance to save on energy.

The Price of Saving Energy

You may not think it’s worth it to have an “energy efficient” refrigerator, but when you start looking at how Energy Star certified appliances affect your monthly bills, you’ll think differently.

GE Energy Star Refrigerators are at least 20% more energy efficient than standard models! Think of it this way: In 1980, it cost about $205 to run a refrigerator a year. Now GE Energy star models cost about $50 a year to run.

When the time comes to buy a new appliance, take some time to look at GE Energy Star Certified appliances. You’ll get back more than what you paid for!

Isabelle, Your Appliance Expert

What Are Tempur-Pedic Mattresses Made of?

What Are Tempur-Pedic Mattresses Made of

When you lay on a Tempur-Pedic Mattress, it feels like nothing you’ve ever laid on before. It feels like memory foam, but Tempur-Pedic beds are made of something a bit different: Tempur material.

Originally, Tempur was being used by NASA when developing material for aircraft seats that would ensure the passengers’ safety in case of an accident. Because tempur material distributes weight and pressure evenly, this material was ideal for lift-off. Through this usage, it was quickly realized how great Tempur material was for more than just a safety net and that it could be used for fantastic support while sleeping.

Tempur-Pedic Mattresses are not similar to other memory foam mattresses, Tempur-Pedic uses their patented Tempur material. Learn more about Tempur material functions to see why Tempur-Pedic Mattress beds are ranked number 1 in consumer satisfaction.

What It Is and What It Does

You understand that Tempur is a material, but what makes it different from another kind of memory foam? The difference is in the unique formula created at the company’s production facility that only a handful of individuals know.

What we do know is that it’s an open-celled viscoelastic material that conforms to every curve of the sleeper’s body, evenly distributing weight, and supporting the spine. Sleep scientists and engineers have designed Tempur to conform and adapt to your shape so that when you lay down, you feel as though you’re weightless.

Variety

Tempur-Pedic is a brand that provides a variety of mattresses so that people with different preferences can get what they want. The TEMPUR-Contour, TEMPUR-Finesse, and TEMPUR-Cloud all give different levels of firmness ensuring everyone gets the mattress that suits their comfort needs.

Tempur Material doesn’t stop at mattresses – there are pillows, mattress toppers, travel items, and more that uses this powerful technology.

Touch and test it out for yourself at your local Tempur-Pedic Mattress store to get an idea of what this magic material feels like. If you end up liking it, check out the lifestyle Power Base that goes under the mattress and gives you the control to numerous ergonomic sleeping positions.

Gerry, Your Sleep Expert

Introducing the Whirlpool Sunset Bronze Suite

Introducing the Whirlpool Sunset Bronze Suite

Deciding on your kitchen’s colour scheme can be a difficult one when you have to base it around the colours of your appliances. What if there was a kitchen appliance colour that went with almost any colour of cabinetry and flooring?

We’re happy to announce that Whirlpool will be releasing a kitchen collection that will do just that! It’s called the Sunset Bronze collection, and the colour was not only designed to give you more convenience but also inspiration.

Colours and Features

The rose gold trend has reached kitchen appliances, but we believe this isn’t a fad that’s going to fade out. The colour is vintage-inspired blending gold, copper, and bronze tones into the mix. It’s a warm colour that has the ability to stand out or blend into the background of your kitchen’s colour scheme.

Lighting plays a large role in the sunset bronze aesthetic and can come off looking more of a champagne colour at times and a copper at others. The Sunset Bronze Suite is painted on stainless steel, giving it both brawn and beauty!

Not only is Whirlpool’s Sunset Bronze Collection stainless steel, it’s also fingerprint proof! Fortunately, this suite will be including the following appliances:

• Whirlpool Smart Door-within-Door Refrigerator
• Whirlpool Smart Energy Star Certified Dishwasher with Third Level Rack
• Whirlpool Smart Over the Range Microwave with Scan-to-Cook Technology
• Whirlpool Smart Front Control Range

Whirlpool Sunset Bronze Products

A kitchen is a place families gather to not only eat but to be together. It’s a place of warmth and comfort. Making sure your kitchen sets the right tone can make it a much more enjoyable place to be for everyone.

Whirlpool is a reliable brand that is constantly trying to create useful and innovative products that are better than the last. The Sunset Bronze Suite is smart appliances with a subtle finish that truly combine beauty and efficiency.

Talk to a sales associate at your local appliance store to find out more about Whirlpool’s Sunset Bronze collection. They may not be available yet, but we have a feeling they’re going to be a hot commodity once they are.

Isabelle, Your Appliance Expert