7 Ways to Make Your Mattress Last Longer
Buying a mattress is a big decision. After all, you spend around one third of your life sleeping on it!
According to our in-house mattress experts, a good mattress should last you around 10 years. The key word here is ‘good’.
Getting a quality mattress that feels right and supports you as you rest is important to your health and well-being. And it makes sense that once you’ve got one you’re happy with, it’s a good idea to look after your mattress so that it lasts the distance.
Here are 7 tips to make your mattress last longer:
1. Use a mattress protector
The easiest way to protect your mattress and keep it clean is to use a mattress protector. A mattress protector is a barrier that protects your mattress from make-up, dirt, sweat and other bodily fluids that can soak into your mattress.
It also helps protect your mattress from dust mites. Dust mites love feeding on the dead skin cells we all shed while we’re lying in bed. Dust mites are hard to remove once they’ve made their home in your mattress. Some people are allergic to dust mites. This annoying allergy can lead to sneezing, wheezing and a runny nose. Not fun!
Regularly washing your mattress protector should keep your bed fresh and clean.
2. Avoid eating in bed
Breakfast in bed may sound luxurious, but unfortunately, all those crumbs and spilt cups of coffee can damage your mattress and promote mould. Worse, they might attract unwanted visitors like cockroaches and other bugs.
If you are tempted to enjoy tea and toast in bed, make sure you clean-up thoroughly afterwards.
3. Vacuum your mattress
Vacuuming your mattress every few months can help keep your mattress clean and in good shape. A thorough vacuum helps pick up all those dead skin cells, dust mites, dust and any traces of food that might have built-up. Make sure you vacuum all those ‘nooks and crannies’ using a small upholstery attachment.
Check out this short video for how to do it right.
4. Clean-up any spills or stains
It’s essential for the longevity of your mattress that you clean-up any spills or stains as soon as they happen. It’s best to follow the cleaning instructions provided by the mattress manufacturer.
Otherwise, use good old baking soda and a damp cloth to clean and deodorise your mattress. Follow these steps:
- Sprinkle the powder all over your mattress.
- Let it sit for at least 30 minutes.
- Then use a slightly damp sponge to remove any spots or stains. Or, you can use mild soap with your cool, damp sponge.
- To deodorise your mattress more thoroughly, leave the sprinkled baking soda on your bed overnight. Empty a whole box – don’t hold back. Then vacuum up the powder.
5. Keep pets off the bed
This is a hard one for pet lovers. Unfortunately, your favourite pet may carrier all manner of stuff that you don’t really want in your bed. Bugs, bacteria and dirt, even parasite eggs (roundworms and hookworms), could be sharing the bed with you and your favourite hairy creature.
If you can’t resist, make sure you wash your bedding frequently.
6. Flip or rotate your mattress
To avoid ‘wear and tear’ and the inevitable ‘dent’ in the bed where you lay in the same spot every night, we recommend you occasionally flip and rotate your mattress. That way you spread the wear and help your mattress last longer.
7. Have a firm base for your mattress
To maintain the right level of support and ensure your mattress wears evenly, you need to have a solid base. So, buy a good bed base and replace any broken slats or springs.
And we hate to ruin a party, but you should also avoid excessive jumping around on your mattress. This may cause damage and weaken its support.