Just how long should you keep your mattress? Most people probably think their mattress might be too old as just like many other things, your mattress does not live forever. But how many years should you keep your mattress for and what can you do to prolong its lifespan?
How often should you change your mattress?
The lifespan of your mattress depends on several factors.
- Quality: Quality is one of the factors which plays a crucial role in how long your mattress can last – the better the quality, the longer it will last
- Weight: The load on the mattress can vary a great deal. A heavier person will also add a greater weight to the mattress than a lighter person and therefore the mattress will have to be replaced sooner
- Sweat: Every night we expel waste products that partially come out through our sweat. We can perspire up to between ½-1½ litres at night. Sweat breaks down mattress padding
- Maintenance of the mattress: If you care and maintain your mattress it will last for many years. Read more about how best to maintain your mattress below
A good indicator of whether your mattress is too old is if you are comfortable on the mattress and feel rested when you wake up in the morning. Is the mattress too old and worn, it is not healthy for your body and your well being. This may give you a bad night's sleep, but can also be a great nuisance to the back and lower back, and you should therefore look for a new mattress. As a rule, we recommend to change your mattress after 10-12 years because of hygiene and physiological reasons.
Care and maintenance
You can extend the life of your mattress if you take good care of it. There are various initiatives that you can undertake to maintain your mattress. Follow these simple and easy tips to get more out of your mattress.
Use a top mattress
You can also add a top mattress because it both protects the mattress and increases comfort. Be aware, however, that the top mattress does not last as long as the mattress and therefore should be replaced more frequently. The lifetime depends on the daily load.
Flip your mattress
Spring mattresses, foam mattresses and top mattresses should be turned 3-4 times a year. Not only the two lying surfaces, but also head and foot. Remember to check if your mattress is reversible. Box mattresses head and foot should swap places 3-4 times a year. This prevents the mattress from shaping too much to your anatomy.
Vacuum all kinds of mattresses regularly
For hygiene's sake, but also because dust and dirt can enter and close the structure of quilting.
Allow air under the mattress
This way the mattress will be ventilated from below so that moisture can escape from the mattress. Spring mattresses should be put on a slatted base in a bed frame to ensure that condensed water can get away.
Avoid bed throws
Do not make your bed, first thing when you get up in the morning. It is important that the moisture that has been formed during the night, from the sweat and steam, can get away from the mattress and the mattress gets air.
Air your mattress and top mattress if possible
You do not need to air your mattress and top mattress on a monthly basis, only periodically. Dust mites thrive in humid environments and a damp mattress or top mattress are both vulnerable. Therefore, it is important that your mattress and top mattress get plenty of fresh air.