Quality mattresses are a large purchase and so we want them to retain their comfort as long as possible. On average, mattresses last 7-10 years before they stop providing adequate support but luckily, there are actions you can take to prolong your mattress lifespan:
1. Flip & Rotate
Flipping and rotating your mattress causes you to sleep in different areas, evening out the pressure and leading to a longer mattress lifespan. Rotating your mattress means turning the section your head lies on to the end of your bed and flipping is when you turn it over to the other side.
However, some mattresses do not require flipping as they only have springs on one side, and so you should check the label carefully before you begin. It is recommended that you do this at least twice a year to make your mattress lasts as long as possible!
The average person sweats out about a half a pint of perspiration every night, not to mention shedding skin cells. To keep your mattress fresh, deodorising it is essential. Firstly, you should use your vacuum (with a clean upholstery attachment) to remove dust, dead skin cells and any other debris.
Next, sift baking soda over your mattress. This absorbs odours and has the benefit of being completely natural! If you want to scent your mattress, add five drops of essential oils to the soda before you sprinkle it on. Leave this for 30 minutes and then vacuum it off to remove any lingering smells. This should be done once a season, so every three months.
3. Clean Sheets
Sheets can be a breeding ground for dust mites which can burrow into your mattress and exasperate any breathing issues or allergies. Therefore, washing them once a week on high heat is essential, as cleaning them regularly reduces the risk of this happening. However, make sure that all sheets are 100% dry before placing them back on the bed as damp increases the risk of bacteria or mould occurring.
4. Mattress Cover
Mattress covers sit underneath your sheets and are an important part of your bedding. They play an important role, helping prevent sweat and other accidental spills from being absorbed by your mattress. This safeguards against damp, which can damage the mattress materials or cause mould to form.
Some mattress covers also provide an additional layer of foam, softening the feel of hard mattresses and helping you get a better night’s sleep! These should be washed at least once a month to remain fresh and clean.
5. Strong Bed Base
The base of your bed plays a surprising role in the lifespan of your mattress! If it does not adequately support the mattress, for example with too few support slats or not enough centre support, it can cause the mattress to sag or bow.
A good quality bed base distributes the weight of the mattress evenly throughout. Therefore, if you want your mattress to last longer, check if it’s time for a new bed base!