Although there’s no way of predicting exactly when a mattress will become unusable, you should expect a Memory Foam Mattress to last between 10 to 15 years. However, it is often recommended you replace your mattresses after 7 years in order to maintain optimal sleeping conditions. That’s a little bit longer than a regular mattress, which often needs to be replaced every 5-10 years. If that seems like a big range, it’s because there are a lot of things that can affect the life expectancy of a mattress.
Your mattress supports you, but you need to support it too. Taking some time to set up and maintain your mattress properly can save you time, money and stress in the future. Here are several ways you can keep your mattress and you happy and comfortable:
Make sure your mattress is resting on a strong, solid base. Slats are fine, just check regularly to make sure none of them are broken and that your mattress is evenly supported. An ill-supported mattress can become lumpy, and fail to support you while you sleep.
Although most Memory Foam Mattresses don’t need to be flipped, it is a good idea to rotate them. Some manufacturers may say this isn’t necessary, but it’s a good idea to do it regardless. If you can, rotating your mattress will decrease wear and tear and help prevent saggy and compressed areas.
While you should always try to avoid spilling liquids on your mattress, nobody’s perfect. If spilling is a constant threat, you might want to consider getting a waterproof mattress protector.
And of course, what you do on a mattress will greatly change how long it lasts. Jumping kids will wear out a mattress much quicker than a single, passive sleeper. Try to avoid high pressure points, the type you’d get from kneeling on your mattress for long periods of times. Don’t let that stop you from having fun on it though!
Try to keep your mattress at a reasonable temperature at all times, especially avoiding overly cold or freezing temperatures. You’ll probably want to avoid freezing temperatures while sleeping for a myriad of reasons, so this is mostly something to think about during transport and storage. Letting your mattress get too cold will make it firmer, and slower to rebound.
Picking the Right One
Not surprisingly, a high quality mattress will last longer than a poorly made one. Spending a little extra time picking the right one now might save you both time and money in the future. Check customer reviews to make sure nobody has had problems with your mattress in the past. It’s also a good idea to check the warranty. Some companies offer long term warranties, and it can show they have confidence in their mattresses. No mattress should break down after only a year of use, so a 12 month warranty isn’t really saying much. Pick a good one, treat it right, and enjoy comfortable sleeps for years to come!