If you are planning to buy a new mattress, you might be wondering how long it’s going to take you before you buy a new one. Unfortunately, there is no specific answer on mattress’ durability.
Each mattress will serve you differently in terms of comfort and support and for a different number of years. This is because there are so many determining factors when it comes to mattresses’ lifespan and each mattress is built differently. However, the general expectation is that a mattress should serve you for about 5-10 years before you feel the need to replace it.
I am going to focus on the durability guidelines for each type of mattress, factors that determine the mattress’ durability, how you can prolong your mattress’ durability, and when you need to replace your mattress. Recent studies have shown a direct correlation between back pains and old or worn our mattresses so this is a worthy read.
Different Mattresses’ Lifespan/durability
#1 Innerspring mattresses durability
Research shows that innerspring mattresses last seven to ten years generally but they can last longer. However, despite innerspring mattresses being great for non-sharing couples, they tend to sag with time because their inner core is thin metal wire and they also lose their support even if you rotate or flip them regularly. You will thus need to replace them every 7-8 years even if you are giving them the best care because once they start sagging, there is no going back and the discomfort soon becomes unbearable.
#2 Memory foam mattresses durability
A good memory foam mattress will last anywhere between 8-10 years. This might seem like a lot of time but to ensure that it serves you as long, you must start by getting the best memory foam mattress then care for it and use it as recommended.
Foam mattresses do not need to be flipped because they maintain their balance, but you can rotate them from time to time. They are the least prone to sagging, but they require good ventilation, regular rotation, and proper cleaning to remain in a good condition. They offer the best support because they contour to your body curves but might be too hot for people who don’t like to sleep hot.
#3 Air mattresses durability
From my research, I realized that air mattresses are the least durable with a lifespan of around 5 years. You can use them for more years, but they might not be as comfortable after the fifth year. They develop leaks and become less effective when it comes to retaining air pressure, and this makes them less functional. Worse still, if the built-in air pump becomes faulty, you will be forced to replace them.
#5 Latex mattresses durability
Whether you go for a natural latex mattress or a blend of natural and synthetic latex, either way, you will enjoy using them for an average of 15 years. Many benefits come with latex mattresses especially the ones made from natural latex as they have natural anti-microbial and hypoallergenic properties, and the best is their long durability. They might be costly when looked at on the surface, but you will eventually be saving more than if you bought the other makes.
Factors Determining Mattress’ Lifespan
Apart from the type of mattress, other factors determine how long you can use and still sleep comfortably with the best support. They include:
#1 Frequency of use
Now, when it comes to mattresses, don’t be quick to conclude that the longer you use, the faster it’s comfort and support deteriorates and vice versa. With mattresses, if left unused for long, they tend to lose their support and won’t be as comfortable. On the other hand, if you lie on it every day for long hours, its lifespan decreases. Moderately used mattresses last longer.
#2 Body weight
The sleepers’ body weight determines how much pressure is exerted on the mattress and this affects its durability in the long run. This is why it is important that you choose a mattress with the right firmness for your body weight to ensure that you get proper support for the longest time.
Placing heavy objects on your mattress can reduce its lifespan. Sometimes we forget that the mattress support has its weight limit and place too heavy objects on it. Again, drinking or eating on your mattress is not advisable because spillages happen and this might weaken the incorporated materials.
Again, jumping on your bed, as kids love, might be fun but your mattress might not withstand the pressure for long especially the innerspring mattresses. Innersprings can only take too much pressure before giving in to compression leading to a sagging and creaky surface.
You might be using mattress covers, but that should not be a reason not to clean your mattress as dust mites, and harmful bacteria still find their way to it. You can also get it cleaned professionally once in a while. But, you have to be careful with some cleaning products as they might be more damaging than the dirt itself. Regular use of hydrogen peroxide or other heavy duty stain removers is damaging to your mattress.
How to Prolong Mattresses Lifespan
#1 Use mattress covers
Spills, dirt, and sweat are damaging to your mattress. To prevent them from reaching, get a waterproof or water resistant mattress cover. With a mattress cover, you will also be preventing abrasion on your mattress’ surface caused by body movement.
#2 Change your bedding regularly
Human body secret oils continually, and this combined with the shed body skin which averages 454g per year will soon reach your mattress damaging its fibers. Thus, having clean beddings all the time will help keep your mattress in shape for a long time.
#3 Use mattress pads
Experts say that mattress pads are like insurance policies for your mattresses. Accidents can happen at any time thus a mattress pad keeps you prepared. While mattress covers are thin thus easily penetrable if they are not waterproof, mattress pads are thick and are great at preventing the fluids from reaching the mattress. However, mattress pads, just as other beddings, should be washed regularly to avoid buildup of damaging dirt and bacteria.
#4 Rotate and/or flip your mattress as regularly
To avoid permanent deformity of your mattress’ internal structure, you should rotate and/or flip your mattress regularly. Once rotated or flipped, the internal structure restores itself. Also, rotating your mattress allows even distribution of your body weight.
#5 Clean your mattress regularly
As I mentioned above, even covered mattresses still get dirty. Thus, cleaning your mattress once in a while is vital to prolonging its lifespan. If you decide to vacuum your mattress, do not use rollers as this will damage it. Just use the vacuum cleaner’s special attachment that’s made for cleaning upholstery. This gives you a stronger suction, but you should be gentle on the surface of the mattress.
#6 Take extra precautions if you have pets
For people with pets, we understand that they sometimes like to share our beds and it’s so sweet of them. However, to ensure that your mattress remains in good shape for the longest time, get a mattress cover, use a mattress pad, place a special blanket where they lie and wash your bedding frequently. And, a waterproof mattress cover would make a better option as with pets, accidents are more likely to happen.
When You should Replace your Mattress
Experts may give you the expected lifespan for your mattress which might or might not turn out to be true for your buy. There are however some factors that will definitely tell you that you need to replace the mattress whether it has lived to the expected lifespan or not.
Once it starts to feel uncomfortable, there is only too much that you can do to reverse it to how it felt the first few times you laid on it. An uncomfortable mattress makes you wake up feeling tired and achy and replacing it will be the best remedy.
Signs of wear and tear means that your mattress is already giving in to old age and it might not serve you well any longer. Sagging and lumps can also be other signs or when you start feeling the inner springs as you lie down. If the mattress starts sagging, that’s a clear indication that its support core is dead and getting a topper might not help for long.
Sometimes you just outgrow the mattress. If you have just hit the 40s and you are still lying on the same mattress for more than ten years, it might not feel uncomfortable or show any signs of wear and tear, but you should replace it. As we age, our bodies change and become more sensitive to pressure points, and we might not realize that our lack of proper sleep is due to the old mattresses because they still look fine.
Some mattresses require you to flip and rotate them regularly to maintain their support and comfort. However, at times the flipping and rotating don’t seem to bring any difference, and this is when you know it’s time to get a new one.
For more info, check out the top 10 reasons you need to replace your mattress.
Consumer associations state that the average mattress lifespan is between five to ten years. However, you can get the most out of it if you buy the best, take care of it as required and use it appropriately.