by Dylan Bowen May 13, 2022 3 min read
When you think about a mattress, they aren’t exactly cheap. Most people don’t replace their mattresses that frequently and would consider buying a new mattress either a chore or a burden. You would easily delay or prolong this process by simply taking care of yourself when you are on your own.
The general rule for replacing a mattress would be 10 years or more. You can easily increase the lifespan of a mattress to make it last longer than normally would depending on different factors by taking several small steps.
Air mattresses could develop leaks or will in general become less effective at retaining air pressure. They have a built-in pump which can become faulty, leading to premature replacement. Overall, the average air mattress's life expectancy is placed at five years.
Spring mattresses are good for a sharing couple that would like a springy and bouncy surface, but due to the inner core being thin metal wire, this type tends to sag and will lose the support even when flipped and rotated. Even when you take care of the mattress you would still have to replace it within 7-8 years.
Memory foam mattresses are less prone to sagging but are not invincible. They rotate, and foam will eventually lose its support but that is after a long while. They are good for about ten years if kept ventilated, clean, and rotated.
Latex mattresses tick all the boxes for quality and longevity. They are naturally hypoallergenic and have anti-microbial properties. Due to the durable nature of latex rubber foam which is combined to the core, they can last up to 15 years.
the next important factor that depends on the mattress’s life expectancy is how you clean the mattress and how often would you do so? You must clean your mattress regularly to prolong the long-term use of the mattress. There will be invisible bacteria, mildew, and mattress mould that will slowly eat away at the materials involved. It would be best that you get a professional from time to time to get the mattress cleaned.
Imagine that the more you use the mattress the more will last. However, the two things that will need to keep in mind are whichever type you own it wouldn’t last long in case of extreme uses. For example, a sharing couple uses the bed for 10 plus hours per day and secondary if it’s kept unused and uncleaned for a prolonged period. The mattresses that are moderately used are where people sleep on are around 7-8 hours a day, that has the longest life.
How long a mattress will last will go to do with the many supporting factors. But it does often depend on the cleaning method used for cleaning them. For example, for bloodstains, you might have to use hydrogen peroxide to get rid of them. But too much of this chemical could lead to a reduction in the mattresses’ life as these are not made to withstand such chemical use.
It’s nice to have kids around the house but if the kids are going to use your bed as a trampoline, then it isn’t a good idea. You would rather like them to play elsewhere where they aren’t going to seriously damage the bed. Imagine you had an innerspring mattress; the springs would become too soft and will compress in no time and will leave you with a creaky and sagging surface. Whether it’s latex or memory foam, soon there will be indentations that will be beyond repair.
A mattress that is over seven years old will not provide the comfort and support you need in your bed. When you can see that signs of the surface and support of the mattress are starting to wear off then you start to feel uncomfortable in the bed. Then you are better off by changing it, the most common visible signs of wearing are sagging, holes and tears, this will prevent you from having a full good night’s sleep., if this starts to happen then it means that it’s time to start looking for a replacement.
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