July 15, 2019

How Long Does a Mattress Last

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A new mattress can cost well over $1,000. But how long will it last? Find the answer - and ways to extend the life of your mattress - in our guide.

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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.

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, a memory foam mattress can last for 10-15 years.

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

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.

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.

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

Don't rely on your new mattress warranty
Many mattresses have 20-year warranties. However, this is not a good indicator of how long the mattress will last.

How to Extend the Life of Your Mattress

Mattresses can last longer depending on their use and care. Here are some preventative measures take 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. You may need to purchase 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.

  • 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.

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

Signs That You Need a New Mattress

Just because a mattress should last for 7 - 10 years doesn't mean it always will. So how do you know if you need a new mattress? Look for the following signs:

Aches and Pains Every Morning
If you suddenly find yourself waking up feeling stiff, it may be time to make a change.

Not Feeling Rested
A mattress with weakening support could be the reason you aren't getting a good night's sleep.

Visible Sagging
As your mattress' support starts to degrade, you may notice that it looks uneven.

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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