July 15, 2019

How Long Does a Mattress Last

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How do you know if you need a new mattress? If you're waking up tired and sore, it may be time to replace. Find out how long pillow top, memory foam, hybird, latex and more can last.

How Long Should a Mattress Last?

The average mattress lasts around 7-10 years depending on the type. Read on to learn the lifespan of each kind of mattress.

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Innerspring Mattress
These typically have a lifespan of 8 years. A continuous coil mattress tends to last longer, as its single coil is less likely to break.

Memory Foam
Memory foam mattresses contain an extra layer of foam for added comfort. With proper care, they can last for 10-15 years depending on the density of the foam.

Gel Memory Foam
This type of mattress helps to dissipate the heat throughout the bed and keep the mattress cooler at night. It also has a lifespan of 10-15 years.

Latex
A natural latex mattress lasts up to 15 years due to its elasticity. If the top layer wears out, you can replace it rather than purchase a new mattress.

Natural vs Synthetic Latex
Companies use petrochemicals to create synthetic latex mattresses. Choose natural over synthetic latex for your mattress, as it will last longer.

Hybrid
The lifespan of a hybrid mattress depends on its material. Typically, a hybrid mattress combines inner coils with foam and has a lifespan of 8-10 years.

Waterbed
Waterbeds are made with a vinyl covering that can puncture or tear. With proper care, a waterbed can last between 8-10 years.

Pillow Top
The soft top of a pillow top mattress shortens its longevity. With proper care and rotating, it can often last about 7 years.

Can a mattress last 20 years?
It's possible - but not likely - that a mattress can last 20 years. The longevity of your mattress depends on several factors, including the quality of its parts and the way you've taken care of it.

Some mattresses, like memory foams and latex, can last up to 15 years, much longer than the average innerspring. In the end, it's up to you how long your mattress lasts. If you're still getting a good night's sleep, you might not need to make a change.

How to Extend the Life of Your Mattress

Mattresses can last longer than expected depending on their use and care. Here are some preventative measures to extend the life of your mattress.

  • Use a Box Spring
    Without the right support, your mattress will sag prematurely. Use a proper foundation, such as a box spring, wooden slats, or a metal base.

    A box spring typically lasts 10-20 years. With proper care, you may be able to use the same one when you get a new mattress.

    But consider to purchasing a new box spring if yours:

    • No longer retains its shape

    • Has dents or sagging areas

    • Squeaks when you move around on the bed

  • Get a Mattress Protector
    Dust, sweat, body oils, and lotion seep into the mattress and wear down its fibers.

  • Clean Your Mattress
    Ideally, your mattress should be cleaned twice a year. Sprinkle it with baking soda and vacuum after 30 minutes.

  • Wash Your Sheets
    Wash your sheets weekly to eliminate dust, body oils, and debris that collect. This will prevent the debris from leaking into the mattress.

    Read the manufacturer's directions that comes with your mattress. It may contain special instructons for cleaning and maintaining your new bed.

  • Rotate Your Mattress
    Overuse of the area that supports your body will cause your mattress to feel less comfortable. Rotating it every 3 months can eliminate wear and tear in one area.

  • Don't Jump on the Bed
    This can cause any mattress to wear out. For certain types of mattresses, you also risk damaging the springs.

  • Don't Sleep with Your Pets
    Your pet's oils, dander, and urine can leak onto the mattress.

  • Prevent Bed Bugs
    Always check your luggage and clothing for bed bugs when traveling. Getting bed bugs may require buying a new mattress altogether.

How often should you buy a new mattress?
While some experts say you should buy a new mattress every 7-10 years, there's no set timetable to replace your bed. If you're getting a good night's sleep and waking up rested, then there's no reason to make a switch.

However, if your mattress is starting to show signs of wear, it may be time for a change. Keep reading for some ways to tell if your mattress needs replacing.

How to Know if You Need a New Mattress

Here are some telltale signs that your mattress may be past its prime:

  • You wake up feeling older than your age.

  • You feel like the coils poke you in your sleep.

  • Your bed has become noisy.

  • You just can't get comfortable.

  • There are obvious dents or saggy areas in the mattress.

Overall, if you're consistently waking up feeling unrested, it's probably time to start shopping.

What is the average life of a memory foam mattress?
Memory foam mattresses can last up to 8-10 years depending on the density of the foam.

Bottom Line

Finding a mattress that lasts long can be tough. Once you find the right one, prolong its lifespan by taking care of it properly.

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