3 Ways to Extend the Life of Your Mattress

For many, good sleep is at the top of their list of priorities. It's no surprise then that quality sleep begins with a quality mattress. On average, a mattress lasts seven to ten years if it's properly cared for, so it's important to take measures to keep your mattress in great condition. Whether you just bought your mattress or your current one needs some extra love, here are three easy tips for extending the life of your mattress.

How to Make Your Mattress Last:

 

1

Cover

If you’ve ever had a spill or accident on your bed, then you understand the frustration that comes with trying to get it clean. That’s 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 coverings slip right on, are machine washable, and can catch a mess before it gets to your mattress. A mattress cover goes a long way in protecting your mattress from pets, dirt, and liquids.


2

Flip

You’ll know it’s time to flip your mattress when a concave area begins to form in the spot where you sleep. Rotating or flipping your mattress will help prevent backaches and allows your mattress to wear evenly. It’s best to first rotate it so the foot of your mattress is at the head or vice versa. Do this every three or four months, and then flip your mattress once a year. This will ensure that you crawl into a comfy and supportive bed every night.


3

Refresh

Mattresses are inevitably home to 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, it’s best to be thorough and refresh your mattress regularly. When you wash your sheets, (which should be every other week) open your bedroom windows and let your mattress air out. You can also try sprinkling baking soda on the mattress surface and let it sit for an hour or two to eliminate bacteria and odors. Then just vacuum it up before making your bed.






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Connie Stary
Connie Stary

Are there any 14″ queen size memory foam mattresses that can be flipped?

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Hi Connie!
Most modern memory foam mattresses are built in layers, with a base of support foam and upper layers of more plush and comfortable memory foam. Due to their design, flipping these newer memory foam mattresses doesn’t make much sense. Instead, try rotating your mattress 180 degrees every few months to promote even wear. Memory foam mattresses are engineered to “spring back” into shape, making them much more resilient than classic coil mattresses. Rest assured that any new memory foam mattress you purchase will have a long and comfortable life.