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How to make your mattress last for 20 years

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Mattresses are one of the largest investments we make for our sleep, and therefore our health. Unfortunately, they can be pricey, and you'll likely need to replace them more than you'd like. However, there are some steps you can take to keep your mattress in good health.

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How long does a mattress last?

Typical mattresses should last anywhere from 7-10 years, though this timeframe can vary depending on the type of mattress, the quality of its production, and the nature of the sleepers and their positioning, weight, and more. Latex mattresses are typically the most long-lasting, with memory foam in second place. With spring mattresses, you may even need to change your mattress every 5-6 years, as they have some of the shortest lifespans.

Do you have to replace your mattress every 8 years?

While this is a decent rule of thumb, there is no universal rule. For example, if you have a memory foam mattress, this timeline may serve you well, but if you have a spring mattress, as mentioned above, you may be pushing your luck by waiting 8 years to switch.

How often should you buy a new mattress?

First, look out for some warning signs, including the following:

  • You aren’t comfortable and aren’t sleeping well when in your own bed.
  • You wake up in pain.
  • You toss and turn struggling to find a comfortable position.
  • Your allergies are worse (could be a sign of dust within an old mattress).
  • You can’t remember the last time you changed your mattress.

What is the benefit of memory foam mattresses?

Memory foam mattresses offer a range of benefits. Here are some to consider:

  • Hypoallergenic. The materials used in a foam mattress make it more resistant to mold and resistant to holding onto dust.
  • Pressure relief. Because these mattresses hug your body, you'll feel relief in your high-pressure joints.
  • Suitable for all sleep positions. The material adapts to hug your body so you can find comfort regardless of whether you are a side, stomach, or back sleeper.
  • Less movement for partners. Foam absorbs motion so that your partner won’t feel you turning over in the night.

How to properly care for and maintain your mattress?

Mattress care can go a long way in any effort to extend the lifespan of a mattress. Rotating your mattress is key in this process, and foam, latex, and new spring mattresses should be rotated at least once or twice per year. For older spring mattresses, you may want to increase this to once every two months. Additionally, using a mattress protector and changing your sheets regularly can help maintain good mattress hygiene and extend the lifespan.

How do you clean and deodorize a mattress?

It's simple to clean a mattress at home when there is only light damage. These instructions apply for how to clean memory foam mattress, as well as all other types:

  • Vacuum the entire outside of the mattress.
  • Spot clean using detergent, dish soap, or baking soda and water if you have stains or particularly troublesome spots.
  • Next, go over every area and steam clean the mattress.
  • Finally, let the mattress dry.

How long does it take to clean a mattress?

The process of cleaning a mattress can take at least 8 hours, so be sure you embark on this project when you have time or an alternative location where you can sleep for the night.

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Kim Miller

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Kim Miller is the Head of Consumer Marketing at Mulberry. She is passionate about building products and brands that make consumers happy, save them money and make their lives easier. Have an innovative idea for Mulberry you'd like to share? Give her a shout! She'd love to chat about anything from fintech and UX to gardening and antiquing.

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