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Offer support.A box spring is generally used for aesthetic purposes—to raise the height of the bed—but it’s not a requirement for extending the life of your mattress. What is essential is to give your mattress a solid foundation, which can come in the form of a platform bed or slatted bed frame. (Some mattresses even have a box spring built in.)
For any noticeable stains that remain, use a dry cleaning stick, like Janie from the Container Store, to spot clean. (“Not Tide to Go!” warns Simkin; the liquid detergent could bleach or dry out your shade.)
For many people, the only time they think much about a mattress is when they’re shopping for one. After that, a mattress tends to be forgotten until it starts to sag or creak. But as a major purchase—and one you spend nearly half your life on—a mattress deserves to be well cared for. Here, Ed Curry, president of mattress company Duxiana, and Neil Parikh, cofounder of Casper, offer their expert tips for taking good care of your mattress so you can sleep easy.
Take it easyCast-iron cookware should be cleaned differently from other pots in your kitchen. Just scrape off residue and hand-wash with a nonabrasive sponge and water, says Kelly—that’s it. Because the pans are sterile at 212º F, soap isn’t necessary (but if you’re still uneasy, you could use a mild soap). No matter what, be sure to dry them immediately to avoid rust spots from forming.
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Keep it seasonedOver time, cast iron becomes naturally nonstick—if you care for it correctly. Kelly recommends applying a light coat of vegetable oil to your pan after you’ve washed and dried it. Wipe on just enough to restore the surface’s sheen, but not so much it feels sticky. “Some people use too much oil when maintaining their cast-iron cookware,” he says. “A little goes a long way.”
Simkin points out that for most well-made shades, the lining will give out before the shade. “You can have a shade relined without changing the exterior,” she says.
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Flip the script.The conventional wisdom has been that people should flip their mattress every six months, but that rule of thumb only applies to spring mattresses because they compress over time. As mattresses get more specialized, your best bet is to check with the model manufacturer. (The foam Casper mattress, for instance, only needs to be rotated 180 degrees every few months; just the top pad of Duxiana’s Dux mattress needs to be flipped and turned.)
For silk or linen shades, start with a light dusting by a feather duster, microcloth, or gentle vacuum to remove dirt.
Give it a second lifeIf you’ve inherited a pan that seems beyond repair, don’t worry. Minor rust spots can be removed by scouring the cookware, then washing, drying, and oiling it as usual. If you’ve got a seriously neglected piece—one that’s dull, gray, and has lost its nonstick properties—Kelly advises cleaning it with hot, soapy water (soap is all right in this case) and coating it inside and out with a thin layer of cooking oil. Bake the pan upside down at 350 to 400 degrees for at least an hour (with foil on the bottom rack of the oven to catch drips) and it will come out as good as new.
Know when it’s time for an upgrade.After eight years or so, consider investing in a new mattress. Body impressions and sagging indicate that it’s no longer providing adequate support, says Curry. “It’s also important to listen to your body,” says Parikh. “Waking up in pain or sleeping poorly every night are signs that it’s time to move on.”
Keep out dust.“Using fitted sheets that are regularly washed, and keeping the area around the mattress clean should protect it from any dust,” says Parikh. That said, wrapping mattresses and box springs in mattress encasements ensures that dust mites don’t take up residence, says Curry—an especially good idea for those who suffer from allergies or asthma.
Next, mix a teaspoon of very gentle detergent or Ivory soap with water in the tub or sink. Holding the shade by its metal frame, submerge it in the soapy water (“like washing a baby!” Simkin says).
While industrial-style Edison bulbs may have had a moment in the sun, if flipping through AD’s most recent issues is any indication, beautiful lampshades are squarely in style. From the tasseled numbers in the layered living room at Amanda Brooks’s English country retreat to the wildly patterned toppers at this Daniel Sachs–designed Long Island estate, lampshades make a statement in the chicest of rooms. If you’re splurging on a statement shade, though, you want it to last. We turned to Lisa Simkin of beloved shade source Blanche P. Field (which has created—by hand—shades for the likes of Chanel, Bergdorf Goodman, and Peter Marino) to give us a definitive guide to cleaning your shades to ensure they stay in top shape.
There’s a reason cast-iron pots and pans have remained popular since pioneer times: The material is so tough it’s virtually immortal. Still, caring for and restoring cast-iron pans remains a mystery for many home cooks. So who better to shed light on the subject than the experts at Lodge, which has been making cast-iron cookware for upwards of 100 years? Here, Mark Kelly, PR and advertising manager, shares the company’s best practices for keeping your cast-iron pans going strong for a lifetime.
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“And if all else fails, come to me for a new shade,” quips Simkin.
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Spot clean with caution.Should you happen to spill something on your mattress, avoid the temptation to soak it to remove the stain. Both Parikh and Curry recommend lightly dabbing spots with a mild detergent and a tiny amount of water, letting it air dry completely before putting the sheets back on.
For a paper shade, use an old-fashioned gum eraser to gently rub out any spots.
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