When To Change Your Mattress, & How To Look After It

Guest post by Hubert Dwight

Moving into a new house may be the time to think about changing your mattress!

Even if its fairly new mattresses looking after it tends to be forgotten so here are some things to think about.


Choosing the right mattress is important not only because it determines the quality of sleep but also the mattresses lifespan.

No matter what its size is, a good mattress should be able to serve you for the maximum number of years. This happens only if you take the best care of your mattress.

After reading the below, you will know how to look after your memory foam mattress and when to change it, meaning that you’ll be much more likely to get a great night’s sleep, every night!

Tips On How To Look After Your Mattress

It doesn’t take any special skills to look after your mattress. A few simple actions will ensure that your mattress lasts eight to ten years.

This advice on how to go about it has been tried and tested by many, and will prolong the life of your mattress beyond the usual lifespan.

Use A Cover To Protect Your Mattress

Sleeping directly on the mattress exposes it to stains including hair, dust and dirt which can damage the mattress and shorten its lifespan. Look for a washable mattress (and obviously pillow) covers to protect the mattress such stains.

If you have any allergies then you should buy purpose-made barrier fabric to ward off dust.

Turn Over The Mattress Regularly

Any mattress, no matter what its density is, or how well it is made, wears out due to weight.

If you concentrate weight one on one side or surface then the mattress will wear out irregularly, rendering it uncomfortable or unusable more quickly.

You should turn over the mattress and end to end after every 3 to 4 months, but weekly for the first three months.  (This will help the upholstery fillings to settle down more evenly)

Allow The Mattress To Breath

You may not consider it important but those bedclothes you leave on the mattress can limit its lifespan.

One of the best ways to ensure your mattress serves you for the longest time is to take off the bedclothes and allow the mattress to air for at least 20 minutes. This will allow any moisture inside the upholstery to escape.

Keep The Mattress Clean At All Times

Most mattresses can be cleaned by vacuuming. To improve the lifespan of your mattress, you should vacuum it regularly.

If there are stubborn stains, use a cloth with mild detergent and warm or cold water but remember never to soak your mattress.

When To Change Your Mattress

Mattresses are usually hidden under bedclothes or sheets making it difficult to know its condition.

Your mattress needs replacement if:

  • You feel some stiffness, numbness, aches or pains on your back, neck or other parts of the body.
  • Your partner tends to toss or turn all night, possibly looking for a more comfortable position and not finding it
  • You have already used the mattress for more than 7 years without replacement, or your lifestyle or status has changed since your purchase the mattress.

If you find any of the above effects then it may be time to look for a new mattress.

There are so many brands on the market and so you need to be extremely careful to choose the right one that will offer safe, comfortable and quality sleep for longer.

The information above should have equipped you with enough knowledge to look after your mattress and to know when to change it.

This simple practice will save you money and ensure you have high quality sleep.

When the time arrives, you should look for a good replacement from a reputable dealer.