A new mattress is an investment. At least, the kind that will give you healthy spinal support, consistent comfort, and long-lasting durability will be. One of the most popular questions asked by customers in our mattress stores is, “How long is this going to last?” The truth is, it depends. Different types of mattresses have different life expectancies. Most should provide comfort and support for about a decade. But one of the deciding factors is how you treat your bed. By thinking proactively, you can take simple steps to extend the functional life of your mattress significantly.
Set the foundation for a long life.
Giving your mattress insufficient support can result in big damage in a short period. Think about it. You have this flat structure, and then you add a few hundred pounds of human weight. Without strong, even, appropriately spaced support, you’re going to encounter sagging, drooping, and unnecessary strain on the structural parts of your mattress. A durable box spring or foundation is like an insurance policy. It rules out preventable, unnecessary damage. Invest in a supportive box spring or foundation that matches the quality of your mattress. By planning the box spring into your purchase, you’ll be better equipped to consider the right options and use your budget wisely.
Clean your mattress regularly.
Most mattresses are constructed, at least in part, of textiles. These materials can deliver benefits like breathability, durability, and comfort, but they can also collect dust and other particles. If you can’t vacuum your mattress monthly, commit to doing a deep clean twice a year. If you find stains, remove them with an upholstery cleaner or a solution of equal parts dish detergent and water. When possible, follow up your thorough sweep with a dusting of baking soda. Leave it on for 24 hours and then vacuum it off to achieve optimal deodorizing and sanitizing.
Invest in a quality cover.
There are so many reasons to use a mattress cover, starting on the day you bring your new mattress home. First of all, it will protect your warranty. Most mattress warranties are voided if there’s any sort of stain on a mattress, so it pays to install a cover from day one. A waterproof cover will stop moisture from soaking into your bed and thus prevent the onset of destructive mold, fungus, and mildew. A quality cover will also make your mattress impenetrable to bed bugs, an annoying, destructive, and potentially costly invasion. And don’t assume you’re immune. The recent resurgence of bed bugs in the United States, despite their having been on the verge of extinction for decades, can be blamed on the prevalence of international travel. Those nasty buggers are sophisticated hitchhikers, and they’re just as happy to invade clean spaces as messy ones.
Rotate or flip.
Turning your mattress is still a thing, and if you don’t have a one-sided mattress (with a pillow-top, euro-top, or layered memory foam), then flipping is, too. The rule of thumb is to flip and/or rotate every three months. Conveniently, that’s once a season, or you can go with the New Years, April Fools’ Day, 4th of July, and early October schedule. Rotating and flipping help your mattress to wear more evenly and can prevent sagging and depressions. Spreading out the areas of use can extend the life of your mattress by years!
Stretch it out with a mattress topper.
There’s a point beyond which there’s no helping an old, worn-out mattress, and you’ll ideally start shopping before you cross that line. But if your bed is showing its age and causing you grief, you may be able to get a few more months of comfortable sleep by adding a mattress topper. This can alleviate pressure points and add a layer of comfort if the cushioning ability of your bed has gone kaput. If your current mattress is sleeping too hot, a memory-foam or latex topper will improve air flow and heat dissipation. Conversely, adding a topper to a new mattress will extend its life on the front end by preventing dust and skin particles from getting through and accumulating.
Keep it clean.
This one’s about prevention. Wash your bedding as frequently as possible. Doing so weekly will minimize the amount of human body byproducts that wind up on or in your mattress. Avoid eating and drinking in bed, as spilled drinks mean bad news for bedding, and crumbs are the last thing you want in your sleep surface. If you have pets, take extra precautions to keep your bed clean. Furry family members add a whole new realm of risk to mattress maintenance.
Start fresh with a new mattress!
Now that you know how to keep your mattress as good as new for as long as possible, you’re clear to make that investment with minimal risk. If you’re ready to find your next bed, visit us at A Goodnight Sleepstore or chat with a sleep expert on our website. We’ll help you find a great night’s sleep worth preserving. And with our Goodnight Sleep and Lowest Price Mattress Guarantees, you’ll rest easy knowing you got the right bed at the right price.