So, you’ve just bought a new mattress. You’re probably wondering many different things about mattress care, including how to make it last as long as possible. Most mattresses have a lifespan of seven to ten years, with some types of mattresses requiring earlier disposal than others. If you take good care of your mattress, you won’t have a problem stretching it to its full lifespan. In this article, we will discuss what to watch for from purchase to disposal, including signs that you need to replace your mattress.
Caring for your Mattress
Clean your mattress frequently by vacuuming it and applying upholstery cleaner as directed. Usually mattresses will come with instructions on how to clean them. By following these instructions and keeping your mattress as neat as possible through diligent vacuuming and dusting, you will be able to keep it for as long as possible.
How to Know When to Dispose of your Mattress
Here are several signs that your mattress is ready to be disposed of and replaced:
#1: How do you feel when you wake up?
If you have aches, pains, or tiredness when you wake up, that might be a sign that your mattress is not as comfortable as it could be. It’s easy to blame any achiness or tiredness on something else, but if you’re experiencing this day after day, you may want to consider replacing your mattress, particularly if your mattress fills out any of the other characteristics on this list. Sleeping on a malformed or old mattress can lead to serious problems that go beyond just aches, pains, and numbness; you can permanently damage your body if you don’t have good support when you sleep.
#2: Do you sleep better in your own bed, or do you sleep better elsewhere?
Even if you’re not noticing aches and pains at home, if you have the opportunity to compare, you should do so. If you stay at a hotel, do you sleep better than at home? If so, that could be a sign that your mattress is becoming old and needs replacement. It can be hard to notice when your mattress is breaking down, especially when you sleep on it everyday and experience only a gradual change. Compare the night’s sleep you get at another place with the sleep you get at home and see if there is an appreciable difference.
#3: Are there creaks or squeaks in it?
Creaks and squeaks are the sign that your mattress is ready to be replaced, preferably with a foam mattress. If you’re hearing your mattress creak and squeak, it could be a problem with the alignment, but another likely problem is that your mattress simply needs to be replaced with a stronger product.
#4: Are there stains, tears, or other noticeable damage?
Noticeable damage is the most obvious on this list. Stains and tears are signs that anything needs to be replaced, mattresses included. Without this replacement, your mattress may continue to break down and cause problems. External wear and tear can be a sign of internal problems as well, including a breakdown resulting in less support from your mattress.
#5: How old is your mattress?
Finally, just going by age, how old is your mattress? As stated above, mattresses have a lifespan of seven to ten years. If you’ve had your mattress that long, it might be time to consider getting a new one.
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