8 Easy Ways To Care For An Ageing Mattress

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Last Modified 27 April 2021 First Added 5 August 2015

By Sam Turner

Everyone loves their own mattress, so it stands to reason that you should care for it. We have prepared some top tips for keeping your mattress fit for purpose well into its later life.

A mattress does not last forever, and experts recommend you replace it after the eight-year mark. This ensures you are sleeping on a mattress that gives you adequate support, is hygienic and will provide you with the sleep you need. Independent experts The Future Industry Research Association found that older mattresses that suffered years of wear and tear significantly lost height and contained a covering of skin cells, dust and fibres. Dust mites in old mattresses can also trigger allergies. Stick to the following tips and you will get eight happy, restful years on your mattress.

Air It Out

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As well as airing the mattress for around four hours when you first purchase it, you should regularly allow air to it throughout its lifetime. Airing the mattress allows body moisture to evaporate from it and prevents the ill-effects of damp. Taking the opportunity to remove bed covers and ventilating for 20 minutes a day and longer periods when you go away on holiday will preserve a freshness within your mattress.

Regularly Rotate

To ensure certain areas of the mattress do not succumb to excesses of being weighed down, regularly rotate it to vary the areas of prolonged impact where you sleep. This is only really necessary for open spring and pocket spring mattresses which can suffer from dips and compression after long term use. You can check to see if your mattress should be turned by seeing if it has handles on both sides.

Consider a Mattress Topper

Mattress toppers and protectors not only add a level of comfort to your bed, but they also preserve the condition of your mattress. Take a look at the extensive selection of protectors available from Dreams now.



This is something that many people don’t do and it can impact the hygiene of your mattress. As dead skin and, on occasion, dust mites can gather in your mattress, it is recommended that you vacuum it every two to three months.

Avoid Sitting on the Edge

We all do it from time to time, but try finding a stool or chair rather than sitting on the edge of the bed as this can also have detrimental effects on the mattress. A US study showed that a new mattress that was free from compression helped 63% of back pain sufferers.

Removing Stains

There should be instructions on how to clean your mattress amongst the care guide supplied by the manufacturer. However, very mild detergent usually works a treat in getting rid of spills and stains.

Never Fold It

If you ever need to move your mattress, be sure not to fold it as it can damage the interior construction and will reduce the quality of the comfort and support of your mattress.

Don’t Walk or Jump On It

Never walk, stand or jump on your mattress, or let your children use it as a trampoline, as this will damage the springs or contents of the mattress.

Showing your mattress a bit of love for the many comfy nights it gives you will ensure you maintain a great relationship for years to come. A happy mattress equals a happy, well-rested mattress owner.

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