Your mattress can have a significant impact on how well you sleep. An old, worn-out mattress can make it harder to get comfortable and lead to poor sleep. So if you want to avoid that hassle, you need to know how to make your mattress last longer.
While you can buy a new mattress when your current one wears out, they're expensive. In a lot of cases, your better off making your current mattress last longer. That way, you can get more use out of it, and you can save up for an equally good mattress when the time comes.
Support and Protect
The easiest thing to do to make your mattress last longer is to give it the support and protection it needs to work well. That might mean pairing your mattress with the right box spring or bed frame.
Sure, you might want to use the cheapest bed frame available online. However, your bed is an investment. If you want to make your mattress last longer, you might have to spend a bit more on the other parts of your bed.
Now, the right accessories don't have to break the bank. Just be sure you know what you're getting. It could be the difference between a year or a decade of sleep on your mattress.
Beneath the bed
The first place to start with making your mattress last longer is underneath it. Your mattress's job is to support you while you sleep. But what supports your mattress?
That's where a supportive bed frame comes in, and it might also involve a box spring. If your mattress doesn't have a good bed frame to rest on, it can wear down more quickly.
Queen and king beds should have a frame with a support bar in the middle. Memory foam mattresses may need special support. But in any case, your bed frame should support the weight of your mattress and you while you sleep.
Another thing to consider is a bed skirt. Most of us probably think bed skirts are only for visual effect, and that's part of them. However, a bed skirt can keep dust and allergens from getting under your bed.
That means that those allergens are less likely to reach your bed and cause you grief.
Similarly, keep any pets out from under the bed. Their fur can easily collect underneath and make its way to your mattress.
Top it off
Moving on top of your bed, a mattress topper or cover can help make your mattress last longer. A mattress cover can protect you from allergens and other irritants.
However, it can also keep your mattress from collecting too much dust, which could weigh it down and cause it to wear out.
Some mattress covers are just that; they protect your mattress. But you can also find mattress pads, which offer protection for your mattress and some extra cushion for you.
You can find mattress covers and pads in different materials, so choose the one that works best for you.
Keeping It Clean
The next step in preventing wear to your mattress is keeping the area clean. Of course, you can clean your mattress. However, you should also wash your sheets and blankets.
And it doesn't hurt to avoid eating or drinking in bed. Even if you don't think you'll spill anything, you never know.
Keeping your entire bed clean can make your mattress last longer, and it can have some other benefits, like when it comes to sleep.
We all probably wash our clothes on a regular basis. Heck, you may even have a laundry day outfit that never sees the light of day.
But one thing that's easy to forget to wash is your sheets. And that's a problem considering you spend a third of your life sleeping in those sheets.
You don't have to wash your sheets after every use. For most of us, that's impractical. And that much laundry isn't exactly good for the environment.
Your sheets can go a week or two without a wash. Just try to avoid waiting months between washes. Doing so means dust, dirt, and sweat can collect.
And if you don't have a mattress cover, that dust can make its way to your mattress, thus wearing it down.
Who hasn't had a sick day filled with eating in bed and watching Netflix? That might be fine if you can't make it to the kitchen.
But regularly eating in bed increases the chance of crumbs and spills. Crumbs may not get through your sheets to your mattress. However, a lot of spills could make their way to your mattress.
Keeping food out of your bed is an easy way to make your mattress last longer. Not only will you not spill or leave crumbs, but you won't be sitting on your mattress as much, which can wear it down in that one area.
A common way to make your mattress last longer is to rotate it. That could be rotating it from head to foot or top to bottom.
Rotating your mattress means that you won't be sleeping or laying in the same part. That gives your mattress some time to breathe, and it can keep it from developing deep groves from where you sleep.
Luckily, moving your mattress shouldn't take too much work when it's already in your room.
But flipping your mattress can give your current side a break, and that will help your mattress last longer overall.
Not a Platform
The next thing to consider if you want to make your mattress last longer is to treat it as such. Your bed is for sleeping and possibly some relaxing at the end of a long day.
And perhaps it's for hitting snooze one too many times in the morning.
But nothing more.
Take it outside
This one is if you have kids, or if you like jumping. Don't jump on your bed. That can make it wear down more quickly, and we'll be honest, it's not the safest thing.
So instead, invest in a trampoline or head to a gymnastics center if you want to jump around.
Or grab a jump rope and jump on your floor at home. You'll thank yourself later when you drift off to sleep.
Grab a ladder
Just as you shouldn't jump on your bed, you also shouldn't stand or walk on it. Sure, standing on your bed can be tempting when you need to change a lightbulb or put up a picture.
However, grab a step stool or a ladder. Both options are more secure since they have flat surfaces. While a bed is technically flat, any movement you make will affect how it feels.
That's not the case on a ladder or step stool. And both are much better options for you and your bed.
Clean and Dry
Next, cleaning your mattress can help extend its life span. And luckily, cleaning it doesn't have to be a nightmare.
If you don't want to break out the cleaning supplies, start by airing out your mattress. Take off your sheets (and throw them in the wash). Open your blinds, and let some natural light in.
That can give your mattress a chance to breathe, and it might be enough to make it feel like new.
And if that doesn't help enough, you can clean your mattress like you would anything else in your home.
How to clean your mattress
There are a few methods you can use to clean your mattress, and all of them work with products you probably already have. These methods work on different types of mattresses.
The first thing you can do is vacuum your mattress. That's right! Grab your vacuum, and you have an easy way to remove dust and anything else lurking on top of your mattress.
Next, you can use baking soda to get rid of stains. Of course, some stains will be harder to remove than others. And that's why we said you shouldn't eat or drink in bed.
You can also use dish soap mixed with water to clean certain stains. And if you don't want to make your mattress cleaner, you can use a natural enzyme cleaner to do the job.
While most cleaning methods work well on all mattresses, you have to be careful with memory foam mattresses. For those, avoid harsh chemicals that can damage the memory foam.
You should also allow plenty of time for a memory foam mattress to dry. However, you can use natural light or a hairdryer to help speed up the process.
Make Your Mattress Last Longer
Making a mattress last longer can save you money and stress. What's more, a lot what you can do to make a mattress last is pretty simple. Whether it only requires household products or involves a habit change, you don't have to spend a ton of money or time.
That's not to say that doing everything we mentioned will make your mattress last longer indefinitely. Unfortunately, mattresses wear down no matter what you do. But the things on our list can slow the process, and they're just good things to do, even if your mattress wears out just as fast.
What do you do to make your mattress last longer? Comment below with your tips?