Shopping for a new mattress is something that only has to be done every several years. (Except for those who like to upgrade on a more frequent basis.) When purchasing a quality model and taking precautions toward better longevity, a mattress can last in the upwards of 10 – even 20 – years. Models are now made to withstand wear and tear, and to keep their shape without sinking or sagging after years of use. Not only is this due to advances of technology, but with the better construction of springs and supportive material. Mattresses are now lasting longer and longer, without negatively affecting one’s quality of sleep. But without taking the right steps, or purchasing a mattress that’s too “cheaply” built, its lifespan can be cut down dramatically.
In order to ensure that your mattress lasts as long as possible, take these proven steps that will decrease wear and tear on your nightly sleeping surface.
Purchase a Quality Model
First and foremost, don’t skimp when shopping. While there are certainly cheap models available for sale, choosing the cheapest model is almost a sure-fire way to prove that it won’t last. These versions are made with inferior materials and simply aren’t made to withstand years of sleeping. These models generally come with very limited warranties (if any), and will be listed by the store as low-level options. Ask the salesman if you aren’t sure, as most will list which versions will last the longest.
Use a Mattress Pad
Using a mattress pad or cover will create a layer of protection for your mattress. This allows the outer layer(s) to stay intact and receive less wear and tear from everyday use. Many covers can also protect against accidents or water spills, bed bugs, and more. Talk to your mattress salesperson, or head to a local department store to find a model that will best fit your needs. Many can also add extra comfort by creating more cushion and support.
Flip the Bed
Whether you flip from front to back or side to side, changing the position of your mattress allows you to even out its use. (Depending on the model, you may or may not be able to sleep on both sides. Though any mattress can be flipped end for end.) This will work to eliminate sagging or creating too much wear in a single spot. Especially when done on a consistent basis. Ask for help – especially with heavy mattresses – for an easy fix to making your mattress last longer.
Know Your Warranty
Most mattresses come with a fairly lengthy warranty (10+ years). However, if they aren’t taken care of properly, that same guarantee might become null. Be sure you understand what is and isn’t covered for your model, then be sure and follow those rules. Here you can talk with your mattress company, or check paperwork that either comes with the model, or can be found online.
Move with Caution
Believe it or not, moving your bed is one of the most stressful things it will go through. While, on a nightly basis, you simply sleep on its surface, when loading into a truck or moving van, the fibers can be compromised much more quickly. Rather than allowing the surface to be dragged or worn during this process, wrap the mattress in a protective cover. This will keep its surface clean, as well as eliminating the chance of the material ripping.
No matter if you’re purchasing a new mattress or looking to improve the lifespan of your current model, there are plenty of tactics to take. Look to these money (and back) saving methods for an instant improvement on mattress health.