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How to extend the life of your mattress

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How to extend the life of your mattress

The life of your mattress is affected by many things, including its overall quality and the way you take care of it. The amount you use it will also influence how long it lasts. For example, the mattress on a guest bed that’s occasionally used will last longer than one that’s used every day. Shifts in lifestyle (marriage, for example) and changes to your body (such as losing or gaining weight) also affect how long it lasts. For some tips for extending that life, read on.

Any tips for making my mattress last longer?

The lifespan will very much depend on how you look after it. Expert tips from The Sleep Council include:

  • Don’t bend or roll your new mattress. This will permanently damage the spring unit and invalidate any warranties or guarantees.
  • Let the mattress breathe! Like a new car, a new bed may initially have a ‘new’ smell about it. This will eventually disperse if the mattress is well aired.
  • Unless you’ve bought a non-turn mattress, it’s important that you turn your mattress every week for the first few months and approximately every three months after that. According to The Sleep Council, this will prolong the lifespan and minimise impression marks.
Do I need a mattress protector?

Yes! Protectors can help lengthen the life of your mattress by preventing wear to the cover. Plus, if you’re prone to allergies, a protector will keep your bed hygienic and protect you from dust mites. Just pop it in the wash – not something you can do with your mattress!

Which mattress protector is best for me?

There are three types – waterproof, anti allergy and cooling. In summary:

  • Consider a waterproof protector if you have young kids or someone elderly living with you. This way it will be protected from leaks and spillages.
  • Anti‐allergy protectors are a good choice for asthma and allergy sufferers. Most importantly, they’re washable at 60°C, the ideal temperature for killing dust mites.
  • If you find yourself overheating at night, a cooling protector could be just the ticket. Designed to wick moisture away from your skin, it’ll regulate your body temperature for a comfortable night’s sleep.
Do I need a mattress topper?

That depends! Toppers are mostly used to soften the feel of a mattress by adding an extra layer of cushioning. If you find your bed is too firm, try out a soft topper.

The Sleep Council stresses that toppers aren’t a substitute for correct support – you’ll still need a mattress of the right comfort. Nor are they a substitute for replacing an old, worn-out bed and any impression of improved comfort will probably be short lived. It’s worth noting that some mattresses – often styles that have been designed to eliminate the need for turning – include a fixed topper.

Which topper is best for me?

There are various types of topper available.

  • Woolen toppers are well suited to allergy sufferers because of their natural fillings.
  • Memory foam toppers conform to the contours of your body, offering comfort and support as they distribute pressure evenly.
  • Cooling mattress toppers regulate your temperature as you sleep by absorbing heat when you’re warm and releasing heat when you’re cool.
  • Latex toppers regulate temperature and offer a cushioned surface as pressure is evenly distributed.

Featured image: The eponymous pink bed belonging to @thehousewiththepinkbed.

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