It would be nice if things could last forever. But alas, most things need replacing after some time. For mattresses, they should be replaced somewhere between eight to ten years. Around the decade mark, you’ll probably find that your mattress has begun to break down and sag, perhaps it’s taken on some odours, has stains, or is in a general state of unpleasantness.
But it need not be that way! There are things you can do to keep your mattress in good shape, and even lengthen its lifespan.
As mattress experts, we like to see mattresses last as long as possible. So we’ve come up with a handy HOW TO of things you can do to make your mattress last longer.
Using mattress protector from the very beginning will keep it free and clear of spills, sweat and so on. Buy one that fits snugly to the size of your mattress to keep it from slipping and wash it regularly.
Wash your linens
While your mattress protector will do a good job of protecting your mattress from big stains, it’s also a good idea to wash your pillow cases, sheets and duvet cover every week to two weeks. Keeping your linens fresh and clean will ward against things like odours and dust mites.
While it’s nice to cuddle with pets, they don’t do your mattress any favours. They track dust, dirt, hair and who knows what else along with them. Make a rule that only people are allowed on the bed and stick to it.
Rotating your mattress so that the foot of the mattress moves to the headboard end is a great way to extend your mattress’ life. This simple action helps prevent sagging and will keep the materials in the mattress more in tact. Try rotating your mattress approximately every six months.
If you’ve got your mattress propped up on milk crates, it’s time to rethink some things. Make sure you have a proper support structure like a bed frame underneath your mattress so that it doesn’t sag and droop.
Yes, it is very fun to jump on the bed but it should be obvious why it’s not great for the life of your mattress.
Get some sunshine
If your bedroom gets natural light, every so often strip your bed and position it in the sunshine. Or even take it outdoors if that’s possible. The heat and natural light will air it out and help remove odours and will give it a chance to dry completely from any moisture.
Vacuuming your mattress might sound funny but it’s a good idea to give it a once over every so often. If you’re washing your linens and mattress protector, that’s the perfect time to give it your mattress and vacuum— it will clear it of dust and debris and will keep it nice and fresh.
And there you have it. Like anything, with some proper care and attention, your mattress can last longer than you think.