You’ve probably heard that other retailers recommend that you replace your mattress every eight years, but with some manufacturers offering a 10-year guarantee – like our friends at UNO and Hypnos – and changes in your body affecting the performance of your mattress, who’s right?
Fortunately for you sleepyheads, we superheroes of shut-eye are on hand to debunk the myths surrounding replacing your old mattress and can offer some advice on buying a new one.
So, before we get to the dos and don’ts of mattress buying, let’s take a look at when you should replace your old mattress…
Age catches up with us all, and mattresses are no different! Just like your body, your mattress will begin to show signs of wear and tear over the years. Some of these signs, like wrinkles or greying hair, are purely superficial and won’t affect the performance of your mattress, while other forms of deterioration are more serious and can disrupt your sleep.
Here’s a run-through of some of the most common forms of wear and tear and what they mean for your mattress:
Discolouration – if your mattress has started to discolour, don’t worry. This is probably due to oxidation. Memory foam contains a chemical called polyurethane, which oxidises over time, causing that yellowish tinge to appear. Similar chemical reactions can also occur if you leave your mattress in direct sunlight or if your perspiration is particularly salty.
Stains – over the course of your mattress’s lifespan, it will probably encounter quite a few bodily fluids, including blood, vomit and urine. It’s best to avoid letting these fluids come into direct contact with your mattress as these stains can invalidate your warranty. You can guard against soiling with a mattress protector and a good set of cotton sheets.
Squeaking/dislodged springs – this one’s simple: buy a new mattress, pronto!
Dipping – dipping doesn’t necessarily mean that your mattress is dead in the water, it could just mean that it’s in need of some TLC. Dipping usually occurs when your mattress isn’t flipped or turned often enough, resulting in the fillings clustering together. To resolve the issue, simply flip and rotate your mattress and avoid putting pressure on the dip. If this doesn’t work, start looking for a new mattress on the Mattressman website, and don’t forget to take advantage of our brilliant recycling service!
Side sag – this can make your mattress look very unappealing and is caused by sitting on the edge of your mattress, which should be avoided as it invalidates your guarantee. Fortunately, sagging sides shouldn’t cause you to lose sleep.
Right, with those out of the way, let’s go over the dos and don’ts of mattress buying:
- DO look for a mattress that suits your build. Those of above-average stature should think about buying a mattress that’s quite firm. An extra firm mattress is more likely to deliver the right amount of support for your body.
- DON’T buy memory foam if you sleep hot. Memory foam is insulating, so invest in either a Geltex or latex mattress if you struggle to stay cool at night.
- DON’T buy a mattress just because your friend recommends it. What’s right for your friend may not be right for you.
- DO consider your base. The type of base you own may affect the feel of your mattress.
We hope that this blog has clarified some things for you and that you feel more confident about when to replace your mattress and what you should look out for when buying a new one.
Best wishes for 2018 from the Mattressman team.