8 Tips For Expanding The Lifespan Of Your Mattress

First added 1st June 2021

By Sophia Rimmer

3 min read

Purchasing a high-quality mattress and bed frame so you can sleep soundly each and every night is a great investment for your overall well-being. Mattresses and beds can be expensive and so you’re going to want to look after your new sleeping companion to avoid purchasing a new mattress sooner than you need to. In this guide, we will identify 8 key tips that will ensure your mattress lasts as long as possible.

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1. Ensure your mattress is well supported by your bed frame

When purchasing a mattress, you will also need to consider the quality of the bed frame in which it will sit upon. The bed frame and bed slats need to offer the mattress enough support to avoid any potential sagging. Mattress warranty policies often state a recommended foundation to avoid early wear of the mattress materials. It’s also important to regularly check your bed frame in case any slats have come out of place which could potentially affect the longevity of your mattress.

2. Invest in a good quality mattress

If there’s room in your budget, it’s a good idea to invest in a high-quality mattress as it may work out more cost-effective in the long run. If you opt for a cheap low-quality mattress, then the chances are that it will need replacing sooner than you’d want.

3. Use a mattress protector

Buying a mattress cover for your bed can help to avoid any potential wear, tear, or stains. Using a mattress protector means you will be able to easily wash the cover whilst avoiding damaging the mattress. Most mattress cover protectors are also waterproof and can help with allergens, especially when it comes to dust.

 4. Use a mattress topper

Mattress toppers can add an element of extra comfort whilst helping to support the longevity of your mattress. Toppers help to reduce pressure on mattress materials such as springs which therefore helps to delay wear or any sagging. If your mattress is taking a while to soften and you’re finding it a bit hard to sleep on, mattress toppers can also provide you with the relief you need, adding a little extra comfort for a great night's sleep.

5. Avoid having pets in or on your bed

As cute as your dog’s puppy eyes are or your cat’s purr, it’s best to keep your pets out of your bed so that you can keep your mattress in its optimum condition. Pets often shed hair, skin cells, drool, or even have accidents that can often lead to stains and dirt building up on your mattress. Training your pet to sleep in its own designated bed can help to ensure your mattress lasts as long as it should.

6. Rotate your mattress periodically

You should rotate your mattress every three or so months for many reasons, the most important being to help the filling remain evenly distributed. When you rotate your mattress, you should be turning it 180 degrees so that the foot end is turned to the head end. Rotating your mattress also makes a good opportunity to check your bed frame and bed slats to ensure your mattress gets the support it needs.

7. Clean your bedding regularly

Washing your bedding each week can help to improve the lifespan of your mattress as regularly washing the linen and covers will prevent dirt and bacteria from getting into the mattress layers. Cleaning under your bed and maintaining the cleanliness of your bed frame and mattress can also avoid infestations from dust mites or bed bugs.

8. Follow the manual's cleaning recommendations

When cleaning your bed frame and mattress, it is important to always follow manufacturer instructions so you don’t damage your bed or the mattress materials. Most mattresses are suitable to be cleaned using a vacuum with a hose attachment to remove any dust or debris so you can clean regularly with ease.

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How long should a mattress last?

A mattress' average lifespan is between 7-10 years. There are many determining factors that will play a part in how long your mattress will last such as how well it is maintained, the build and quality of the mattress, and the type of mattress you purchased. Many people wish to change their mattresses more frequently for a variety of reasons such as a change in bedroom decor or because they aren't sleeping well.

How do you know when you need a new mattress?

If it’s been over 7 years since you last purchased a mattress, it’s probably time to start thinking of purchasing a new one. If it’s been less but you’re having issues with back pain, struggling with sleeping comfortably at night, or your mattress has a lot of visible wear and tear, you may want to look into finding a new mattress.

Summary

Having a quality mattress that is comfortable and clean is very important for achieving quality sleep each and every night. Sleeping on a well-maintained and clean mattress that is correctly supported by the bed frame will help your mattress to last its desired lifespan. Following care instructions and investing in mattress protectors and toppers can help to ensure that your mattress lasts as long as possible.

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