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When you no longer wake up refreshed, it may be time to take a good hard look at your mattress. Old mattresses can cause aches and pains as well as not allow your body to relax and get a good night’s rest.
How long you should keep a mattress before replacing it depends on several factors, which we’ll review below. Take these things into consideration when you are unsure about the life of your mattress or when you think it may be time to purchase a new one.
How Long Should You Keep a Mattress?
The average mattress will last about ten years. Some mattresses may need replacing before that. However, you can give life to it by knowing how to extend your mattress’ life, while saving money at the same time. You might not have to replace it when ten years have passed.
Your mattress is not invincible. Here are a few reasons why it will start to break down around the ten-year mark:
Weight Placed on the Mattress
The average mattress is made to support an average amount of weight. If you weigh more than the average person, you could look at replacing your mattress sooner Source.
This can be avoided if you turn your mattress on a regular schedule to prevent sagging. However, if you are putting a lot more than the average weight on your mattress, you will need to replace it a few years sooner than the manufacturer advertises.
Amount of Steel Coils Inside
Older mattresses were loaded with heavy duty spring coils that helped the mattress keep its strength through the years. The coils were also strong enough to support the weight put on a mattress without losing its shape.
Now, more manufacturers are taking away coils and adding in foam which makes the mattress softer. This also makes the mattress too soft and it can begin to sag or have lumps due to the lack of support steel coils offer.
Cheaply Built Mattress
No matter the brand or price, some mattresses are built with cheap materials and shortcuts. The quilted cover of mattresses can be filled with synthetic fibers and foam which can easily settle in and show permanent indention with little wear. Even really nice mattress pads can often serve to mask a poor mattress.
While you can’t always trust a grinning salesman to tell you the truth, taking the time to learn a few things about mattresses can help you know what to look for.
Know which materials are good in a mattress and which ones, like polyester fiber, will cause your mattress to prematurely sag.
These factors and a few more can make or break any mattress regardless of its price or brand. While you may not have known about this before you purchased your last mattress, knowing now can help you try to extend the life of your current mattress. It can also help you when you are buying a new mattress in the future.
How to Tell When You Need a New Mattress
While you’ll never know for certain when its time to replace your bed, there are a few indicators you can pay attention to:
- Your mattress makes noise: Whether is a creaking or squeaking, a mattress that makes noise is a strong indicator that it is breaking down. Noises lead to more intense problems down the road, like a broken spring.
- Your mattress has holes and divots: If you’re slipping into deep pockets and holes as you sleep, your mattress has begun to show its age. This can lead to an uncomfortable nights sleep, and even back pain. A sagging mattress will need to be replaced soon.
- You consistently wake up tired: Obviously, this could also be an indication of other issues. But, it could also be a sign of an aging mattress, which isn’t allowing you to get a restful nights sleep.
- Your mattress is 8-10 years old: Even without some of these signs, as your mattress reaches double digits in years, you’ll probably be needing a new one soon.
At the end of the day, if you consistently are having challenges with your mattress, its probably time to start considering a new one. Although, there are tactics to extending its life, which we’ll review next.
How to Extend the Life of Your Mattress
From day one you should take the steps to extend the life of your mattress. Normally your mattress will not last as long as manufacturers suggest. However, if you follow these steps, you can get the most out of your mattress and delay having to replace it as often.
In addition, Bedroom Critic has some useful information on how often you should replace and clean your mattress and other household items here.
Use a Mattress Cover
A mattress cover is a thin fitted sheet which covers your mattress before you put on any bedding or sheets, much like the concept of a lamp shade. If you want something thicker, you can opt for a mattress pad which offers more cushion and creates a thicker barrier between you and your mattress.
Purchasing and using a mattress cover or cushion will protect your mattress from water and any liquids. They can also protect against dirt and debris, and reduce the abrasion on the top of the mattress which can break down fibers. Mattress covers clean up great when washed properly, as well.
Rotate Your Mattress
You can easily add years to your mattress’s life by simply rotating your mattress once every three months. Repeated laying in the same exact spot will slowly break down the inner mechanics and materials in your mattress.
When you rotate your mattress, it gives these areas a break and allows you to put pressure on a different spot on the mattress. This also allows the previous sleeping spot a chance to rest and restore itself. You can assign the kids to do this job so they can also learn a to maintain their beds while keeping responsibility.
Regular rotation will extend the life of your mattress because it distributes you and your partner’s weight more evenly over time. If you sleep with someone else and they are much heavier, you will want to rotate your mattress a little more frequently to ensure one side of the mattress does not sag.
Keep Your Bed Clean
This direction comes with a variety of solutions. All combat and get rid of dust and dander. While dust may not seem harmful to objects, it can build up and get trapped in the fibers of your mattress, eventually breaking down and damaging those fibers.
Below are some of our tips to keep the bed clean:
- Wash your sheets regularly. The human body sheds flakes of skin, along with any dirt particles you pick up during the day that are not washed off.
- Vacuum your mattress with an allergen-focused vacuum.
This is also an important step if you sleep with pets. Even pets that do not shed as frequently can emit dust, dander, and debris. This concept is the same for even when they have their own pet bed.
- Vacuum your mattress once a month. Not with the full body and rollers, however. Instead, when you change your sheets and wash your mattress cover, use the vacuum hose attachment to pick up any hidden dirt or dander that has made its way down through the fibers.
Using these simple tips can allow you to keep your mattress and enjoy it well after the ten-year mark.