Extending mattress lifespan and learning how to increase the lifespan of your mattress, is important on two levels. Firstly, every bit of saving from keeping a mattress for longer, helps to reduce the cost of living. Who doesn’t want that! Second, the amount of waste produced by society can be reduced if every mattress lasts a little longer.
If millions of people all keep their beds clean and comfortable for a little longer, it soon adds-up to a really significant benefit for the environment.
Besides, is it really necessary to change a mattress as soon as the manufacturers suggest? Read-on to find out!
The article which now follows is written by Ellie Porter, today’s Guest Poster:
How to Increase the Lifespan of Your Mattress
Did you know more than 50,000 mattresses end up in landfills every day? It’s a shame because 80% of a mattress is recyclable. One way to help your wallet and the planet is to increase the useful lifespan of your mattress so you replace your bed less often.
In order from worst to best, here’s how long your mattress should last, although it varies widely by bed manufacturer and quality:
- Innerspring – 5 to 6-year lifespan
- Hybrid – 5 to 6-year lifespan
- Memory foam – 6 to 7-year lifespan
- Latex – 7 to 10-year lifespan
Watch the video of this article, below:
Step 1 – Know your mattress
Every mattress is different. Materials and design dictate care and useful life. Is it flippable? If it is and you don’t, it can wear out faster. Most mattresses can be rotated head to foot every three months so long as bed design is consistent top to bottom. Be sure to use a recommended foundation.
Step 2 – Maintain properly
Proper mattress care is easy but easy to neglect. Taking care of the bed can drastically improve lifespan. First, slap on a mattress protector and pad to protect from spills and basic wear. Second, wash sheets weekly, so you don’t have body funk leach into the bed. Third, air out the bed when you change sheets.
Step 3 – Protect from pets
Many people sleep with fur babies on the bed but allowing pets on your sleep surface wears it out faster. Consider getting them a pet bed or, if you can’t sleep without your four-legged friend, put a thick towel or blanket on the bed and encourage them to sleep on that instead.
Step 4 – Keep it clean
Every four to six weeks, strip the bed down completely and clean. Vacuum off debris and use a lint roller to pick up more stubborn stuff. For a natural clean, sprinkle with baking soda and spritz with lemon juice. Let dry and thoroughly vacuum – no need to use harsh chemicals.
Step 5 – Don’t abuse your bed
Excessive wear and tear mean a shorter useful life. Don’t jump on your bed (or let your kids), try not to eat in it, don’t let Fluffy sharpen her claws on it, and if you spill, clean it up ASAP. Mend any small rips or tears before they become problematic and spread.
Don’t buy the hype – replace only when required
The mattress industry promotes the slogan “replace every 8” to force a myth that you need to buy a new bed on a set schedule. You only need to replace when it breaks down and has noticeable indentations, sunken spots, tears, or extruding springs. One way to prevent landfilling is to invest in a decent mattress and take good care of it.
If your mattress is near the end of its useful life, be sure to recycle it to a verified facility and don’t toss it in the landfill. When you buy your next mattress, look for one with proven longevity and properly maintain it.
Guest Post Author: Ellie Porter
Managing Editor | SleepHelp.org