How to Make Your Mattress Last Longer
How Long Does a Mattress Last?
|Mattress Type||Average Lifespan||Lifespan With Proper Care|
|Innerspring Mattresses||4-6 Years||8 Years|
|Memory Foam Mattresses||4-8 Years||6-10 Years|
|Latex Mattresses||8 Years||15 Years|
Tip #1: Cover Your Mattress
If you’ve ever had a spill or accident on your bed, then you understand why a mattress cover is a worthy investment. Mattress covers come in plenty of comfortable and protective materials such as cotton and polyester blends. These handy covers slip right on, are machine washable, and can catch a mess before it hits your mattress.
Tip #2: Flip Your Mattress Regularly
Flipping your mattress helps prevent backaches and allows your mattress to wear evenly. You’ll know it’s time to flip your mattress when a groove forms in the spot where you sleep. It’s also a good idea to regularly rotate your mattress so that its foot is at the head or vice versa. Do this every three or four months and flip your mattress once a year to ensure that you crawl into a comfy and supportive bed each night.
Tip #3: Refresh Your Mattress Often
Mattresses inevitably hold all kinds of unwanted elements such as bacteria, dead skin, and dust mites. While your mattress cover will protect your mattress from a good amount of these elements, it’s best to be thorough and refresh your mattress regularly. When you wash your sheets (which you should do every other week), open your bedroom windows and let your mattress air out. You can also sprinkle baking soda on your mattress, let it sit for an hour or two, then vacuum it up to eliminate bacteria and odors. For more tips on freshening a mattress, check out our guide on How to Freshen a Mattress.
Now that you know how to extend the life of your mattress, you can keep your favorite mattress around for years to come. When it’s time to replace your mattress, though, our Mattress Buying Guide can help you find the ideal replacement.