Everyone loves their sleep, right? But other than peace of mind and having a solid bed, investing in the right mattress is a major contributing factor to nailing the recommended 8 hours of sleep each day.
That said, selecting the ideal mattress is no easy fete. Due to the lengthy process of picking a mattress and the hefty price tag that comes with a good one, most people take years to replace their old mattresses.
But like everything else, a mattress has a lifespan, after which it stops serving the purpose for which it was intended. Exceeding the lifespan of a mattress may result not only in severe backache but the deterioration in the quality of sleep due to tossing and turning at night.
Allow us to indulge you in all you may need to know about mattress lifespan and throw in a few tips to make your mattress last longer.
Materials Used to Make a Mattress
First, let’s explore the various materials that are used to make mattresses and the expected lifespan of each.
- Latex Mattress– Mattresses made using latex are of superior quality and will provide you with a lengthy service. When well taken care of, a latex mattress can last between 15 and 20 years. Better yet, when the top layer is worn out, it can easily be replaced with another, which adds to the longevity of the mattress. Since the mattress is layered, you can flip it occasionally until every layer is worn out.
- Memory Foam Mattress– While this type of mattress may not last as long as its latex counterpart, you will enjoy a cool ten years of good sleep on it. It doesn’t sag as much as the others, which makes it last longer. Maintain it properly, and you will enjoy years and years of restful sleep with a memory foam mattress.
- Spring Mattress – While your kids may love bouncing on this type of mattress like a trampoline, the inner springs lose their tensile strength quickly and sag. On average, they can clock up to 5 years, but even the high-end ones won’t exceed eight years.
- Air Mattress – Such a mattress is popular with those that love to customize firmness in a mattress. Air mattresses are also great options for when you have guests and need a temporary sleeping solution. When used full time, air mattresses may start to leak at about the 5 year mark — high end ones may last a bit longer. Worse still, if the air pump gets damaged, replacing it may be difficult if many years have gone by.
- Futon Mattress – Of all the mattresses, this type is the one that has below average longevity. You will be lucky if it serves you for five years with daily usage. Fortunately they are not that expensive to replace, but we recommend starting with a higher quality futon mattress (and a good frame) so you don’t have to replace it too often.
What Affects Mattress Lifespan?
Regardless of which type of mattress you get, there are different factors which can have an impact of who long your mattress lasts.
The heavier a person is, the faster they will wear out a mattress. People with more body weight exert more pressure on a mattress, which significantly reduces its lifespan.
Placing heavy items on the mattress may lead to increased compression and decreased longevity. It’s also essential to avoid eating or drinking on the bed since a spillage may destroy some of the materials used to make the mattress. And as fun as it may be, avoid jumping on the bed!
Maintenance and Cleaning
Regularly cleaning your sheets (at the bare minimum every two weeks, but once a week is better) helps your mattress remain in good condition and will help keep bad stuff such as dead skin cells and dust mites from accumulating.
For added protection, make sure to use a mattress protector. If you have toddlers who tend to climb into bed with you at night, consider one that is waterproof in case of any “accidents.” Mattress protectors should be washed at least every two months, or more frequently if you have allergies.
Another good tip is to periodically vacuum and deodorize your mattress — especially if you have an inset bed frame where dust can accumulate. One good way to schedule this task is to time this during daylights savings time, along with changing the batteries in your smoke detector.
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So, How Long Should a Mattress Last?
Now that we have a good understanding of things that can affect the lifespan of your mattress, let’s get to the answer! In essence, the right mattress will provide you with several years of service before the need to replace it. The material used to make the mattress is one of the main things that determine how long your mattress will last.
Good brands that have invested heavily in the use of quality materials for their mattresses can offer a guarantee of a lifespan of 7 to 10 years.
But with proper care, they can be good and functional even after this duration.
How Do You Increase the Lifespan of your Mattress?
In addition to the recommendations we already covered, here are some additional tips to follow to extend the useful life of your mattress.
Use a Mattress Topper
Getting a mattress protector will, for sure, maintain the durability of the mattress—abrasion and unnecessary movement when sleeping will not wear the mattress much when it’s protected. But these only go so far.
By investing in a mattress topper, you will prevent sweat from leaking into your mattress, which may destroy its core. They are also a good way to extend the life of older mattresses, or ones that may not be of the highest comfort level. Better yet, the topper adds yet another layer that will help fight bacteria and any dead skin from getting deep inside your mattress.
Rotate Your Mattress Regularly
Any type of mattress that’s routinely rotated will have an extended life. By flipping it, you ensure that the wear is evenly spread out, which helps prevent sagging and depressions from forming. Try as much as possible to flip your mattress after every month when it’s new, but as time goes by, flip the mattress every six months.
No Pets on the Bed
While your furry friends may be perfect companions, they are not suitable for your mattress and reduce its longevity. How? Well, their urine may leak to the mattress, which may encourage the growth of bacteria. Not to mention all the pet dander and possibility of fleas.
If your favorite pet loves to sleep in your bedroom, you would be much better off placing a bed of their own nearby. Or minimally, add a special pet-friendly mattress pad on your bed where they sleep to provide an additional barrier of protection.
Does a Warranty Mean that a Mattress Will Last Longer?
Unfortunately, this may not be the case. You may find that a manufacturer has provided a warranty of 20 years subject to numerous conditions. Ideally, a high-quality mattress should serve you for a cool ten years with or without a warranty.
As you can see, the longevity of your mattress varies depending on several factors, such as the material used to make the mattress and your care routine.
Investing in a quality mattress can provide you with between 8 and 10 years of use. Better yet, observing good hygiene, washing your sheets regularly and using a mattress protector may help it last above this range.
Always remember, taking care of your mattress translates to better sleep, which ensures a healthy, thriving lifestyle.