Do you sometimes find yourself wondering, “Do I need a new mattress”?A mattress costs around $500 up to $3000, making it one of the most expensive purchases inside the home.
With that information, it is quite obvious that mattresses are big investments. So, it is only fair to give some thought to it before settling in for a purchase.
What is the life expectancy of a mattress?
According to experts, the lifespan of a mattress type differs from one another. See how each one averages below:
Over the years provided, it is safe to assess that mattresses can really last a long time. But how long your mattress will last depends on several factors as well, including quality of materials, sleeper size, and usage.
Also, it will largely depend on how you take care of it. Not giving it proper care will significantly shorten its typical mattress life.
The good news is that I gathered some of the best ways to maintain the state of your mattress in tip-top shape. These are really not the biggest secrets in the world, but you would do well to be reminded of them.
Five Tips To Extend Your Mattress’ Lifespan
1. Safeguard Your Bed With A Mattress Protector.
One of the best ways to make sure your mattress lasts a long time is to invest in a good mattress protector. Your best bet would be one that is either waterproof or water-resistant. If you are wondering what are the key differences between water-resistant and water-proof, I’ll make a quick explanation for you.
- Water-proof means it can be suspended in water for a long time and not a single drop of water will be able to penetrate its interiors.
- Water-resistant means the product is made of dense materials, which is why it will take a long time for water to really seep through it.
Why do you need this? You might be thinking about how you are a full grown adult, so there is no need for your to get these types of protector. Plus, mattresses are already expensive as they are. Why on earth will you need to add more expense? I know you will not be wetting the bed, but who is to say you will not encounter spills or other similar accidents while lying or seating on it? Who is to say that you will not sweat through the night, especially during hot season?
Body fluids and other liquids can ruin the foam, degrading its materials. Of course, most of these leave stenches. If left uncleaned thoroughly, mildew and molds can develop on the different layers. If the spillage goes beyond the surface, it will be a lot harder to clean up. Sweating is always a possibility. People sweat a usual amount every night. And even in a cold temperature, skin cells will shed on the nightly. Development of dust mites can also be prevented if you shield your mattress properly. These are some of the important reasons why having a mattress protector is considered to be the best mattress Lifehacker.
In general, mattress covers or protectors are thin and fits mattresses like gloves with the help of the stretchable sides. They can either be made of synthetic materials (vinyl) or natural ones (cotton, bamboo, etc.)
2. Make Sure That Your Mattress Gets Rotated Every Three Months.
According to manufacturers, the need to rotate mattresses is not really important. However, for technical reasons, there might be some truth as to how this practice can extend the lifespan of your mattress for a few more years.
Imagine the pressure your body weight is putting on the mattress’ internal structure. With prolonged use, the structure might get deformed, since you are not giving it any chance to breathe and go back to its original shape. Rotating it every three months can help give the other side time to restore its previous form and ensure even distribution of pressure on both sides. For two people sleeping on one bed, take note of the weight. If one person is heavier, the rotation of the mattress might need to be done within a shorter period of time (less than three months).
3. Regular Cleaning Of Your Mattress Is A Must.
Dust particles appear like glasses with sharp edges under the microscope, so do not be surprised if these tiny things will ruin your mattress. It can easily cut through the fabric, slicing like a small sharp knife.
What does it mean to clean the mattress? Can you wash a mattress with a hose?
Well, I ‘d rather you don’t. The delicate materials might get destroyed if you do. The proper way to go is to vacuum it once or twice a month. Avoid using rollers on your mattress because it is damaging. What you can do is use special attachments, the same ones used when vacuuming upholstery. Despite it being more gentle than rollers, it offers better suction. Make sure that all the cracks and gaps are attended to, not just the surface.
Eating in bed is ill-advised, but sometimes, it can’t be helped. I mean, come on, if you hole up under the covers while watching your favorite shows the entire night, you will get hungry eventually. And I bet you will not eat at the dining area or the kitchen because that will just interrupt the momentum of your binge-watching. So, if you give in to the bad vice, make sure you get rid of all the crumbs right away. Food particles can attract insects and different organisms. Additionally, they can get stuck into the fibers if you don’t removed as soon as possible.
4. Provide Your Mattress Some Support.
Yes, your mattress is invented to provide you with support as you sleep the night away. This is why it would do well to be given its own support if you want to prolong its use. Regular checking of your bed frame and the boxsprings is necessary. Be sure to check if they are kept in proper shape and adequate enough to provide the good foundation for the mattress.
Some frames are broken or have wood slats that have far distance from each other. Boxsprings can get worn out. You can try to repair it as much as you can, but know when it is due for replacement.
5. Don’t Let The Bed Bugs Bite And Stay In Your Mattress.
Bed bugs are everywhere. Do not think that just because you are staying in a fancypants hotel, you are exempted to bed bugs. Make sure that when you travel, you do not bring with you eggs, adults, or nymphs of these organisms.
One mistake and you will ruin your mattress for good. Here are some things that you can do to avoid such an incident from occurring:
- Upon arriving at your hotel, be proactive and check for any sign of bedbug infestation. You can use your flashlight for this. The areas to check are the seams of both mattress and pillows, the back of the headboard, and any furniture near the bed.
- Know what you are looking for. Nymphs are translucent. But, you will know the excrements that come in reddish black colors.
- If you find some, switch hotels right away. Or at the very least, ask for a room change.
- Every time you come home from a previous trip, wash your clothes and dry it out using the hottest temperature possible. Bedbugs are unable to survive any temperature more than 120 F.
Additionally, refrain from having your little critter (or a huge one!) sleep on the same bed. Sure, it is a good feeling to snuggle with your cutie, but these babies can sweat, shed hair, slobber, and bring in bugs and mites! It is a lot better to allow them to have their own bed. You do not want to ruin your new (even old ones) with a little accident.
But wait, there is more – I got one more tip for you!
Do not be a man or a woman that loses life savings in a mattress. Heed my final word of advice, be aware and read the warranty first before purchasing a new mattress. All the vital information should be made transparent by the manufacturer. For example, they should disclose the coverage of the warranty, procedure of filing claims, and the proper care tips for the mattress.
Most manufacturers will only accept returns that are stain-free, with tag attachments and proper support. Otherwise, you will not be able to avail of the warranty.
Good quality mattresses can provide you with good sleep, while those with lower-quality might not be able to do so. Furthermore, this type might break down, despite extra measures. Knowing which are the good ones will familiarize you with the specifications you need when shopping.
Mattresses are not designed to last forever, but it can last a long time – especially if you take considerable steps in maintaining its proper condition.
Also, taking care of your bed will not only be good for the mattress, you will be a lot more comfortable and have a more healthy sleep environment. Who would not want to hit two birds in one stone?