How to Extend the Life of Your Mattress
If you get the recommended eight hours of sleep each night, you spend a third of your life in bed. That puts a great deal of stress on your mattress. Most mattresses can accommodate daily use for around eight years before showing significant signs of wear and tear, but you can get a mattress that will last longer. For instance, The Lull Mattress is backed by a 10-year warranty, and it often lasts much longer.
Whether you have a Lull Mattress or one with a shorter guarantee, you can follow these tips to extend the life of your mattress. These tips will allow you to wait longer between replacements while still enjoying a restful night’s sleep.
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Use a Waterproof Mattress Protector
Using a waterproof mattress protector, such as The Lull Mattress Protector, is the easiest way to extend the life of your mattress. Mattress protectors protect the mattress from spills, sweat, and stains, keeping your mattress clean for years.
Without a mattress protector, your mattress could harbor dust mites, mold, and mildew. This easy solution will increase your mattress lifespan by years, not to mention potentially protect your health.
Clean Your Mattress Every Month
You need to clean your mattress every month, even if you use a waterproof mattress protector. Simply remove your bedding, sprinkle one cup of baking soda on the mattress then vacuum it up. This will help to remove dust and bacteria before it can build up and harm your mattress.
Air Your Mattress Out
If your mattress is covered in sheets and a waterproof mattress protector, it spends most of the time in the dark. Exposing it to sunlight will air it out so it doesn’t emit any stale smells. Remove the sheets, wash them, and let the mattress spend some time in the sunlight. Put the sheets and protector back on two hours later, but make sure the material is dry. If you put damp sheets on your mattress you could end up with mold or mildew.
Make Sure the Mattress Is Properly Supported
If your mattress doesn’t have the right support, it will start to sag and droop. This will make it hard to get a restful night’s sleep and will reduce the mattress lifespan. You can extend the life of your mattress by ensuring that it’s properly supported.
You have different options, including box springs, bed frames, and foundations. Many people choose The Lull Mattress Foundation because, like a traditional box spring, it offers optimum support. The foundation reduces wear on your mattress and absorbs movement. Also, because it has optional legs, you can quickly turn it into a sleek platform bed while still benefiting from the same support.
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Rotate or Flip Your Mattress
Mattresses are either single-sided or double-sided. Generally, mattresses with fiber padding are double-sided, while mattresses that only have foam padding are single-sided. If you have a double-sided mattress, you need to rotate it every three months and flip it every six months to ensure proper wear.
Single-sided mattresses do not have to be flipped, however, they need to be rotated if:
- You only sleep on one side of the mattress.
- You and your partner have a significant weight difference.
If you meet the criteria, rotate the mattress 180 degrees every three to six months. This will allow the mattress to wear evenly, increasing its lifespan.
Don’t Eat in Bed
Oven manufacturer June surveyed over 1,000 Americans to find out where they eat dinner and 17 percent of the respondents stated they eat in their bedrooms. That’s a huge departure from a generation ago when families typically gathered in the kitchen or dining room. Unfortunately, the shift doesn’t just impact family time, it can also take a toll on your mattress.
No matter how well you protect your mattress, you can expect crumbs to get on the bed, exposing your mattress to germs and bacteria. Also, the crumbs may even attract pests. It’s hard to make your mattress last longer if it’s home to roaches, ants, mice, and other pests.
Don’t Dive Into Bed
It’s not unusual to feel so tired at the end of the day that you just want to dive into bed. If you repeatedly collapse into the bed, you will cause excessive wear, reducing your mattress lifespan. Lower yourself gently onto the mattress, so the sides don’t begin to sag.
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Invest in a Pet Bed
If you are a pet parent, you probably enjoy snuggling up to your dog or cat in the bed. Unfortunately, pets in the bed can hurt your mattress. Pets can cause the bed to wear unevenly and might even damage the mattress if they use it as a scratching or digging pad. Also, your furry friends might have parasites, such as hookworms, that can spread to your mattress. If possible, have your pet sleep in a pet bed. If you can’t do that, put a blanket on top of the mattress for your pet to sleep on, and clean your bed more often.
Start with a High-Quality Mattress and Then Protect Your Investment
It’s easy to extend the life of your mattress, especially when you choose a product that’s manufactured to last a decade or longer. Once you get a high-quality mattress take care of it so it can be a part of your bedroom for years. These tips will help your mattress maintain its comfort level while still looking (and smelling) like it did when you purchased it. That’s the key to getting a restful night’s sleep seven days a week.