Whether you've just purchased a new mattress and want to ensure that it lasts as long as possible or you have an old mattress and you want to extend its life a little more, there are several ways to go about this task. You shouldn't expect that you'll be able to extend the life of your mattress indefinitely; generally, the average mattress will last between 7 and 10 years. If the mattress is approaching this time limit but has yet to surpass it, you can use these methods to help use it as long as you can.
Use A Protective Cover
Protective covers for mattresses are sold in a variety of different styles and typically consist of a thick sheet that sits on the top of the mattress and is held in place with some elastic straps. If you don't have a protective cover, it's time to invest in one. These covers serve to not only collect any spills that might occur if you're eating or drinking in bed but can also help to collect dust, hair, dust mites, and other things that can prematurely age your mattress. Keep in mind that in addition to using a protective cover, it's ideal to avoid eating and drinking in bed as much as possible to avoid risks of spills that damage your mattress.
Flip And Rotate The Mattress
Regularly flipping and rotating your mattress is an effective way to prevent it from wearing out prematurely. Failing to take these steps can result in significant indentations where you sleep, and this can especially occur if you're heavy. Plan to perform this task about four times per year—write it on the calendar at the start of the year or set quarterly reminders on your smartphone. Alternate flipping it end-over-end and rotating it clockwise or counter-clockwise.
Shower Before Bed
It might sound simple, but showering before you go to bed can serve as an easy way to prevent stains and odors from permeating your mattress. If you're especially sweaty, the moisture and oils from your body can soak through your bed sheets and create large, unsightly stains on your mattress. You might find that these embarrass you and lead you to want to get rid of the mattress prematurely, or you might simply find that the mattress begins to smell. Either way, a quick shower at bedtime will help avoid these issues and prolong the life of your mattress.