Mattresses are an investment, so you want to make sure you’re doing all you can to make it last for as long as it can. While most mattresses should last between 7 and 10 years, its expected lifespan can change depending on how well (or how poorly) you take care of it. If you’re looking to make the most of your mattress life, follow this list of helpful tips:
Use a Mattress Protector
The easiest way to protect your investment is with a high-quality mattress protector. It may seem like an unnecessary add-on, but this convenient cover adds a much-needed barrier between your bed and potential damage. Whether it be a stain from a spilled cup or a spot from a muddy dog, this shield will save you time cleaning as well as money in the long run since you won’t have to buy a new mattress prematurely. Even outside of accidents or stains, mattress protectors also reduce the amount of normal wear-and-tear and body residue (sweat, dirt, makeup, dead skin cells) that make it into your bed.
Provide Proper Support
Mattresses are meant to support us, but they benefit from having support too. Your mattress will perform at its best and last its longest when it has additional support from a bed frame and a box spring. These important items provide a solid foundation for your mattress while preventing sagging and uneven wear. Worn-out springs and broken slats can reduce your mattress life as well as your level of comfort. You should inspect your bed frame and box spring at least once a year to make sure they’re in good shape and are providing your mattress with the support it needs.
Flip & Rotate
If you’re sleeping in the same spot on the bed each night, you’re likely going to leave a body impression. These indentations are very common and are a result of body weight lying in the same place night after night. Rotating your mattress regularly can help distribute wear and reduce the number of impressions. Try rotating your mattress 180 degrees (switch the head-end to the foot-end) every three to six months. If your mattress is double-sided, you can also flip it on the same schedule.
Keep It Clean
Cleaning your mattress may not be at the top of mind, but it’s an important step to remember (even if you use a protector). Vacuum the tops and sides of your mattress using the upholstery attachment to remove dust and unwanted debris. You can also sprinkle a thin layer of baking soda on top of the mattress to help eliminate odors. Allow the powder to dry completely before vacuuming it up.
Your bed also benefits from keeping your body and your bedding clean. Showering before bed helps keep allergies and dust mites from entering your sleep space. Washing your sheets regularly prevents your mattress from absorbing skin cells and moisture from sweat into its surface. Read our guide to learn more about how often you should clean your bedding.
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