Frequently Asked Mattress Questions
Wondering when you should get a new mattress? Or the proper way to clean one that you already own? View some of the questions our customers frequently ask regarding their Mattress One mattresses or visit a store near you today to get more information from one of our helpful sales associates.
When should I get a new mattress?
The general standard to replace your mattress is five to ten years. Often, bed owners will neglect to replace their mattress or forget when the expiration date of their mattress has arrived. The good news is that your body will ultimately let you know when it’s time to invest in a new mattress. There are a few key signals you can look for in determining the right time to replace your mattress:
You wake up with body aches. You should never wake up in the morning feeling unrested and achy. First of all, that’s a very unpleasant way to start the day. Secondly, it’s a sign that your mattress has aged to the point that areas of natural depression has turned into areas of sagging. When this occurs, your mattress loses its ability to provide optimal support.
You wake with allergies. Nothing can be worse than starting the day with foggy eyes, a sinus headache, and the sniffles. What could cause that? Overtime, your mattress will double in weight due to dust mites and other allergens that have made a home inside of your mattress.
You are restless throughout the night. When your bed is not comfortable, you can’t find a comfortable position to fall and stay asleep. If you’re waking up several times a night because you can’t find that “sweet spot,” then it may be time to replace your mattress.
You are always tired. Are you waking up as tired as you were when you went to bed? Your mattress may be keeping you from getting the necessary hours of sleep you need. If you’ve been neglecting some of your favorite activities due to tiredness, it may be time to re-examine your mattress.
You sleep better everywhere else. How amazing was that hotel bed? How hard did you sleep when you went home to visit your parents? If you find you’re not the light sleeper you think you are when you’re in another bed, then the problem may be your mattress.
If you are noticing any of these signifiers in your daily life, then it’s time to visit Mattress One. One of our sales specialists will be happy to learn more about your sleeping patterns, personal requests, and lifestyle to recommend the right bed to help you get back to sleep.
How long should my mattress last?
On average, your mattress should last anywhere between 8 to 10 years. However, there are a lot of elements that can increase or decrease the longevity of your mattress. Your mattress is an investment – the better you take care of it and the more money you put into it will increase the longevity of your mattress. On the other hand, purchasing a low-quality, cheap mattress will decrease the longevity of your mattress too. With a mattress, you truly get what you paid for. Here are a few questions to answer to give you an estimate of how long your mattress will last:
Where did you purchase it? If you purchased your mattress from a quality, reputable mattress store then you can be rest assured that your mattress will reach its 8 to 10 year expiration date. On the other end, if you purchased your mattress from a low-end discount store or from an Internet ad, it’s safe to say you won’t get 8 to 10 years from it.
How do you take care of it? There are certain things you can do as a bed owner to prevent your mattress from losing support too soon. For instance, do you flip your mattress once every year? This will help even the wear of the mattress. Also, has there been any spills on your mattress? A spill or liquid that seeps through the mattress compresses and degrades the fill and inevitably the metal springs will start to rust.
What’s your BMI? The combined weight of those sleeping on the bed will affect the longevity of the mattress. For instance, if a husband and wife have a combined weight of 600 pounds, then the mattress will not last as long as let’s say a couple who’s combined weight is 400 pounds or so. This is especially true if there is activity on the bed, i.e. jumping on the bed.
To learn more about your mattress and when it’s ideal to replace it, visit a Mattress One store today. One of our sales specialists will be happy to help you find the ideal mattress to make your time asleep more enjoyable.
How can I clean my mattress?
To maintain your mattress takes very little to no time. In return, you can increase the return on your investment by increasing the mattress’s longevity. Here are just a few simple ways to keep your mattress clean:
- Turn your mattress once a year to even the depression areas and add more support. By rotating your mattress, it will keep from wearing out the same spot night after night.
- When you change your mattress pad, vacuum the surface of your mattress as well. Also, vacuum the sides and underneath the bed if possible. In doing so, you’ll remove dust from your mattress and reduce the number of dust mites that are living in your mattress.
- Bring in a professional. There are cleaning companies that provide professional mattress cleaning services. Although they are a bit more expensive, they are still significantly less expensive than a brand new mattress.
To keep your mattress clean and sanitized, you can also adhere to the following:
No eating or drinking on the bed. If a liquid spills on your bed, it can seep through the mattress and rust the coils inside.
Vacuum regularly to remove dust mites and allergens.
Place a few dryer sheets on your mattress before placing your bedding on top of it.
To learn more ways to keep your mattress clean and maintained, contact one of our bedding specialists. We’ll be happy to recommend helpful hints that will keep your mattress as healthy and allergen free as possible.
How do I rotate my mattress?
One of the most important things you can do to maintain the longevity of your mattress is to rotate it. The reasoning behind it is simple: body conformity. Breaking in a mattress is similar to breaking in a pair of shoes. Your new mattress will conform to the contours of your body the more you sleep on it. Within the first few nights, you’ll start to notice the conformity taking place. You’ll start to notice some impressions as your mattress gets more comfortable.
Body conformity is a double-edged sword. As your mattress conforms and gets more comfortable with your body, it also develops deeper body impressions. As a result, these impressions can lead to sagging if you don’t rotate your mattress. At Mattress One, we recommend that you rotate your mattress every two weeks within the first three months. After three months, rotate your mattress once every two months.
When you rotate your mattress, the cushioning and insulation materials are then evenly and properly distributed. Here is how to properly rotate your mattress:
- Push your mattress at opposite corners while its laying flat
- Position mattress across the bed so that it hangs over a foot or more before you push the corner.
- Alternate rotation to vary head and foot positions each time you turn the mattress.
- Use the handles to turn and reposition the mattress.
- Do not attempt to lift the entire weight of the mattress.
- Do not attempt to turn the mattress by yourself.
- Contact us today to learn more ways to increase the longevity of your mattress.