Often people ask how long a mattress would last or when is the good time to replace a mattress. A mattress can still feel comfortable long after it has lost its ability to provide the body with the proper support and comfort it needs. Because sleep is so critical to maintain all cognitive senses, it is important to evaluate the sleeping system on a regular basis. Instead of asking when a mattress should be replaced, a better question might be how long will your mattress continue to provide the comfort and support you need to assure the best night's sleep?
How long a mattress will keep its physical qualities depends on a lot of factors. Is the mattress used nightly or is it a guest room mattress? Was the mattress a top quality mattress whenOriginally purchased? The weight and the sleeping habits of people who sleep on a mattress all factor into how long it will maintain optimum performance. People's physical structure change over time and their need for adequate comfort and support increases, as they get older. As we know, technologies advance in all sectors - so mattresses produced today are more sophisticated than those produced a decade ago. That is why it is reasonable to compare the mattress and base you are sleeping on now to newer models at least every few years. Mattress technology is constantly advancing, and it is worthwhile to visit a store just to see what is new in better sleep and comfort. Even if the exterior of a mattress is in good shape, experts recommend the average mattress to be replaced every seven to ten years. After that, gravity begins to take its toll and mattresses lose a significant amount of both comfort and support. A few obvious signs are lumps, bumps, dips or sagging. Considering the average sleeper secretes half a litre of perspiration a night, and up to twice as much when being ill. Furthermore, especially the age of a mattress is responsible for the concentration of antigens derived from house dust mites. That is why extensive use of mattresses without exchanging them must be seen as a threat to health.
Also, it is not justifiable for parents to give their old mattresses to their children. Children's bone structures are not yet fixed and therefore moldable and more easily damaged. Old mattresses no longer offer the correct support required for these young bodies.
Maintenance and care:
- A new mattress should be put on a firm base, never on a saggy base.
- Most mattress manufacturers suggest the consumer to regularly rotate and flip the mattress to reduce wear patterns over time.
- Do not wet a mattress. An impermeable mattress protector can be used to keep it clean.
- A vacuum cleaner can be used for regular cleaning.
- Removing stains & cleaning soiled surface: Use a mattress pad to keep the mattress free from stains. If stained, You can use an upholstery shampoo strictly as per the directions given on the shampoo labels
- Alternatively, you can use dry suds, made by beating up mild detergent in warm water with an eggbeater; apply only the dry suds to a small area at a time using a soft brush or sponge; wipe with sponge wrung out of warm water. Do not get padding inside the mattress wet. Dry area completely before covering or using mattress.
- A spring mattress should not be folded or bent, as is can be permanently damaged.
- Sitting on the same spot of the mattress edge can permanently depress it.