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5 ways to make your mattress last longer

As part of National Bed Month, we’re sharing our top tips for helping your mattress stand the test of time!

A decent mattress is an investment, and you want to make sure it pays dividends by lasting as long as possible. A good mattress should last around 8 years, but if not cared for properly you could find your mattress needs replacing long before that point! Poor hygiene and misuse are among the top reasons mattresses need replacing before their time, but there are easy ways to prevent this happening and to keep your mattress in top shape for longer.


1. Flip & rotate it regularly.

Traditional mattresses are double sided and should be both flipped and rotated regularly to ensure they wear evenly, however many newer beds are finished with a ‘comfort top layer’ on one side of the mattress. These mattresses can’t be flipped, but they should still be rotated regularly to ensure the fillings and top layer wear evenly over time. Most manufacturers suggest you rotate your mattress at least every three months, but it’s worth checking the recommendations for your specific model.


2. Ban bouncing!

If you’ve got little ones in the house, chances are you’ve found them bouncing on the bed from time to time! While it might be fun for the kids, bed bouncing won’t do your mattress much good – in fact, it’s a sure-fire way to end up with damaged springs and a worn-out mattress! Make sure your mattress lasts as long as possible by banning the bouncing. You can also increase the longevity of your mattress by not sitting on the edges too much as this can compromise the structure.


3. Give it some air time.

Did you know that over the course of it’s lifetime, your mattress will absorb up to 160 litres of sweat. For context, that’s around two bathtubs full! Yuck. Rather than rush to make the bed every morning, you should strip back the quilt for to expose the mattress (leaving the sheet on is fine) to allow as much moisture as possible to evaporate. Around 20 minutes should be enough to do the trick! Keeping your mattress as dry as possible can also help alleviate allergy symptoms, as it will create a less hospitable environment for bacteria.


4. Vacuum it regularly.

Speaking of the ick factor, did you know that we shed around a million skin cells per day? I’ll give you three guesses where many of those dead skin cells end up…that’s right, in your mattress! Mattresses will absorb up to 7lb of dead skin in the first 7 years of use! There’s not much you can do about shedding dead skin, it’s just part of life, but you can take some small steps to limit the impact this has on your mattress – the most important being regular vacuuming to remove as much of the dust and dead skin as possible. This is another great way to keep allergy symptoms under control, as dust mites are a leading cause of allergies. Less dust = fewer dust mites! You should aim to vacuum your mattress thoroughly every couple of months, or more regularly if you’re an allergy sufferer.


5. Take care of stains and smells.

Most mattresses will be delivered with care instructions to help you get the best from it, however should you ever need to remove stains or odours from your mattress there are a couple of ways to go about it. A very mild detergent is a good place to start, but take care not to use too much water as excess moisture in the mattress can cause even more problems in the long run! If you need to remove smells from the mattress, try sprinkling it with baking soda and leaving it for 20-30 minutes – then vacuum the baking soda and enjoy a fresher mattress!


Think your mattress might be past the point of no return? Our extensive mattress collection has got something for everyone, ranging from traditional to pocket-sprung and memory foam to latex. Our bed collection also includes a wide range of divan bases, headboard and bed frames, so you're sure to find something you love.

To find out more about National Bed Month and how we've been taking part, take a look at our blog series or visit The Sleep Council.