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We don’t buy mattresses every day. We don’t even buy one every year. Mattresses are long-lasting consumer products which are essential to your health and well-being. Most mattresses are built to last for a substantial period of time. Unfortunately, this means that many people are unaware of how often to buy a new mattress.
Knowing when to buy a new mattress isn’t easy. Each mattress will have its own properties, and how each mattress has been used and treated will impact its longevity. However, you can make some general presumptions based on the basis of the materials being used.
Coir mattresses, for instance, tend to have a shorter lifespan. Made by sandwiching coir between layers of foam, the stuffing becomes compressed and lumpy in just a few years. If you have a coir mattress for more than 3 years, look for signs of lumpiness or sags. If there is a depression where you usually lie down or sit, it is bad for you to continue sleeping on such a mattress.
Spring mattresses have a longer life span, but their springs use their elasticity after 4-5 years. They get lumpy and the internal empty spaces often have dust and allergenic compounds in that time. If you have had a spring mattress for more than 5 years, you should check to see if it has retained its shape and looks and smells fresh. Chances are that it will need replacement by that time.
Memory foam mattresses last substantially longer than either coir or spring mattresses. The lack of empty spaces ensures that there are lower chances of impurities or dust to settle into the mattress. The nature of memory foam as a substance ensures that even after many years of use, the mattress still springs back into shape after use. You will only need to be careful about your memory foam mattress’ age after 5 years, and even longer when you get one from the right manufacturer. Wink & Nod, for instance, offers a 10 year warranty on its mattress.
Over and above the age of your mattresses, there are a set of steps you can take to see if your mattress still has some use left in it.