People Are Keeping Their Mattresses Way Too Long
And what’s hiding inside an old bed will gross you out.
According to a survey completed by Dreams (a UK mattress specialist), an estimated tens of thousands of people in the country sleep on a mattress that’s more than 40 years old. That means they bought their bed back in 1975 — yep, the era of disco dancing and bell bottom-wearing.
In fact, the survey guesses 8 million mattresses in the country need to be replaced, and America probably doesn’t differ much: Surveys from the Better Sleep Council have found that we, too, delay replacing our mattresses, even though the National Sleep Foundation recommends getting a new one every 8 years.
If your mattress "seems fine," you’ll likely stall on replacing it, but you also might not notice the signs of wear until it gets really bad. Older mattresses can lack support, so you’re more likely to wake up feeling tired or stiff. Only one in 12 people surveyed by Dreams say they wake up feeling refreshed, and one in 20 report struggling to get even five hours of sleep a night. Not great, people.
Mattresses also get super dirty over time — according to Dreams, the average eight-year-old mattress contains more than 10 pounds of dead skin cells (ick!). This stat might be debatable, but the same is true for pillows, which can double its weight in three years, thanks to collecting skin and dust mites. We don’t even want to think how much 40-year-old mattresses hold.
We can hear you starting the car to head to the mattress store now. (But don’t forget to consider our handy buying guide first.)
How to Store a Mattress (And How Not to Store One)
Have an extra bed that is in too good of condition to part with? Learn how to store a mattress the right way.
Mattresses are an investment, both in cost and in the time it takes to find the right one. In fact, a quality mattress can last anywhere from 10 to 15 years if properly maintained.
Because the right mattress is expensive, it makes sense to want to store it when it’s not currently being used. However, a few months or years in storage can damage a mattress beyond repair if the proper care isn’t taken.
Maybe you’re getting married and you need to upgrade from a twin to queen, or your kids are moving out, and you want to repurpose their rooms. Whatever the case — proper mattress storage will significantly expand the longevity of your bed. Keep reading to find out how to store a mattress correctly.
Steps to Storing a Mattress
1. Thoroughly clean and air out the mattress.
Cleaning a mattress can be accomplished in many different ways, but the easiest method is vacuuming your mattress on both sides and then using upholstery cleaner (like the kind you use on a couch). Do the following to get a mattress ready for storage:
- Remove mattress and boxspring from the bed frame and strip all bedding.
- Sprinkle baking soda on the exterior and let sit to absorb lingering odors.
- Vacuum up all the baking soda using an attachment.
- Let the mattress air out for a few hours before proceeding to the next step.
2. Wrap the mattress in plastic.
Before moving a mattress to its storage location, thoroughly wrap the mattress in plastic and secure the plastic with packing tape to create a tight seal. If possible, do not use thick plastic covers, as these are more likely to trap in the moisture. A light, breathable plastic is more ideal.
Similarly, the mattress needs to stay covered the majority of the time it’s in storage. For long-term storage, consider purchasing a high-quality mattress bag (with no holes or tears), which should cost less than $20. These covers are designed to prevent mold and ensure the mattress stays dry.
Bonus Tip:When storing a mattress long term, open up the plastic wrapping every few months to air out the mattress. Make sure to reseal entirely afterward.
3. Move in a covered moving truck.
When moving your mattress from point A to point B, cover the bed pieces with old blankets or sheets to further shield them from dirt and damage. Remember always to use a covered moving truck.
It is not only unsafe to tie a mattress to the top of your car, but the mattress could also bend to the point of no return in the process. Inclement weather could also complicate matters when moving a mattress on an open truck bed.
During the moving process, it’s okay to keep the mattress on its side to create more space in the moving truck. This method is preferred versus piling lots of heavy furniture on top of the mattress.
Read Also: How to Move Large Items With Ease (5 Tips)
4. Lay the mattressflatwhen storing.
While some sources may tell you to prop the mattress on its side to save space, you should never store a mattress upright for an extended period. It’s entirely okay to carry your mattress upright, but once you place it inside your storage unit, lay it flat to mimic its natural positioning.
Mattresses need to be stored flat because eventually the coils and inner-workings of a side-stored mattress will settle out of their proper position, destroying the cushion.
5. Keep everything off the mattress.
Never store anything on top of the mattress. Heavy objects can damage the springs. Also, heavy objects create more wear to the exterior.
To make the best use of space, place the mattress on top of other objects, like pallets or other flat-topped furniture items. Make sure everything is stable, though!
6. Find the best place to store a mattress.
A primary concern when keeping any furniture in storage is moisture and temperature changes. These mischief-makers can do significant damage to a mattress. These factors make basements a terrible place to store a mattress for any length of time.
If renting a storage unit, consider upgrading from a traditional unit to climate-controlled storage. Opting for climate control will ensure that your storage space will have heat in the winter and stay cool in the summer, safeguarding your expensive mattress and bed from severe temperature changes.
If you do go with a traditional storage unit or opt to store the mattress in your basement or garage, buy a portable dehumidifier. Even though this setup is not ideal, this tool will pump moisture out and help maintain the quality of your mattress.
Learn More About the Benefits of Climate Controlled Storage: Should I Upgrade to Climate Controlled Storage?
7. Repeat Step 1 when retrieving a mattress from storage.
Once you’re ready to retrieve your mattress, follow all the guidelines in Step 1 to make sure your mattress is looking and smelling fresh.
Remember, all these storage tips also apply to the box spring. Following these tips on how to store a mattress and box spring will protect your mattress for months and years to come.
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This post was originally published on 2/29/16 and updated 3/7/18.
How Long To Leave A Rolled Mattress Rolled Up?
Posted onFeb 06, 2018
Life doesn’t always go quite as planned, we get it. So what if your new mattress arrives but you haven’t got anywhere to put it?How long can you keep your new mattress rolled up?
We explain what to do when your mattress is delivered, and how best to unpack your new rolled memory foam mattress.
How Long To Leave a Rolled Memory Foam Mattress?
We don’t recommend keeping your new memory foam mattress rolled up for longer than 2 months. Keeping it rolled for longer than this could start to affect its quality.
Foam is an extremely resilient material, but after months of being compressed to 1/4 of its size it’s not surprising that it will start to suffer! If you wait longer than 2 months, we cannot guarantee that your mattress will be 100% at its best when unrolled.
Tip: Different suppliers may have different time constraints so make sure you check the small print!
Memory Foam Mattress in a Box
Similarly, you should not keep a mattress-in-a-box compressed and wrapped up in its packaging for longer than 2 months as the foam layers could become damaged.
How Are Mattresses Rolled Up?
Rolled up mattresses (sometimes referred to as compressed or vacuum packed mattresses) are rolled by;
- Being covered in a protective, plastic wrap
- Compressed in a machine
- Vacuum sealed
- Rolled and sealed again
Does Rolling Damage the Mattress?
No, this process does not damage the mattress, as long as you unroll it within the recommended time frame.
How to Unroll Your Memory Foam Mattress
- First, remove the packaging and unroll
- Position the mattress on your bed
- Allow the mattress to expand. Your mattress will take a couple of hours to expand to its original size. Depending on the mattress this could take between 4, 24 hours or 48 hours. (Check the small print to find the exact periods of time)
- Once fully expanded, you can add a mattress protector or memory foam mattress topper for extra comfort.
- And your mattress is ready to sleep in!
Benefits of a Rolled Mattress
Rolled or boxed mattresses come with a range of benefits, including;
By rolling mattresses, we can fit more into our vans safely, meaning speedy delivery! We even offer free delivery for orders over £99.99.
Easy to Move
Once your rolled mattress is delivered, it’s a lot easier to move into your desired room. Carrying your mattress up the stairs is much simpler when it comes rolled!
Protected from Damage
Less exposed surface area and easier handling means less chance of damage in transit.
Rolled mattresses save on space, so we can fit more in our vans. Less trips means less fuel!
Best Memory Foam Rolled Mattresses
Looking for a rolled memory foam mattress that doesn’t compromise on quality? Here’s our top picks;
Zen Guru Bed-in-a-Box Mattress
With three layers of hard working foam, including breathable 4G Aircool memory foam and supportive Revo and base foam – the Guru Bed-in-a-box mattress is ideal for those looking for comfort and convenience. Innovative memory foam technology reacts with body heat to mould perfectly to your form without making you too hot at night.
- Medium soft support
- Boxed mattress
- Delivered rolled
- Removable, machine washable cover
- 10 year warranty
Zen Superior Luxury Quilted Mattress
For luxurious comfort and support, the Zen Superior Luxury mattress features a deep layer of temperature sensitive foam and a soft, quilted cover.
- Medium support
- Duo layer design
- Delivered rolled
- Coolmax fabric
- 10 year warranty
4G Aircool Titan XL Mattress
The 4G Titan XL mattress is particularly suited to heavier sleepers or those who require additional night time support. The deepest memory foam mattress in our range, it’s perfect for a supportive sleep.
- Medium feel
- Delivered rolled
- Washable cover
- 30cm depth
- Triple layer design
- 10 year warranty
Find Your Dream Mattress
If you have any other questions about rolled up mattresses, easy mattress delivery or just mattresses in general. get in touch! We’re ready and waiting to answer all of your questions and help you find the mattress of your dreams.
From cooling mattresses to memory foam toppers, we have a wide range of memory foam products to help you get a great night’s sleep.
Browse memory foam mattresses to find the right one for you.
How Long Do Mattresses Last? The Results May Shock You!
Mattresses are pretty expensive — one quick glance at our buyer’s guide will confirm this fact. This is why many people do not replace them – not even after many years of use.
They do not want to spend a lot of money on a new one. Besides, now you can delay the process of buying a new one if you do an excellent job at maintaining your existing one.So, how often should you replace your mattress?
It doesn’t matter which type of bed you have. Most of them are ready for replacement within ten years to ensure a good night’s rest (old mattresses can hurt your sleep quality). Besides, it can last beyond ten years on average, if the owners maintain it properly.
Also, many different factors affect a bed’s lifespan. You can extend its life expectancy by following a few easy steps in the text below. We prepared and wrote down some tips to boost its longevity.
How Long Do Mattresses Last?
Mattresses aren’t exactly cheap, most people replace them very infrequently and consider buying a new one either a chore or a burden. It’s easy to delay or prolong this process simply by taking proper care of whichever type you own. As a general rule, most should be replaced within ten years for best results in sleep and health, however, the average life of a mattress can last beyond ten years or more if taken care of properly. While it is true that how long one lasts depends on different factors, you can easily increase its life expectancy by undertaking a small number of simple steps. Here is a look at a few of the factors that can decide how long should a mattress last, and possible ways to increase its lifespan:
Table of Contents
1. The Type
What type do you have? For instance, is it air, innerspring, memory foam or latex? Each one has its own life expectancy; air and innerspring being the shortest, memory foam being mid length, while latex types are known to last the longest.
- Air mattresses will over time either develop leaks or generally become less effective at retaining air pressure. If they have a built-in pump that becomes faulty, this too can lead to premature replacement. Overall, the average air mattress life expectancy is placed at five years.
- Spring mattresses are good for sharing couples who like a springy and bouncy surface, but unfortunately, due to the inner core being thin metal wire, this type does tend to sag and lose its support even if flipped and rotated regularly. Even ones which have been well cared for will most likely need replacing within 7-8 years.
- Memory foam mattresses are less prone to sagging but not invincible. They too require rotating, and foam does eventually lose its support but after a long while. This type should be good for at least ten years if kept ventilated, clean, and rotated.
- Latex mattresses are the creme de la creme and tick all the boxes for quality and longevity. The naturally hypoallergenic and anti-microbial properties add to the durable nature of latex rubber foam to combine a core which can last up to 15 years.
2. Regular Cleaning
Another important factor which determines mattress life expectancy is to do with cleaning.Howdo you clean it? Do you clean itregularly? Do you give it to aprofessionalcleaner? It’s essential that you clean your mattress regularly to prolong the life. If you do not, it won’t last long at all. This is due to the invisible bacteria, mildew, and mattress mold that can slowly eat away at the materials involved. Moreover, it may be better if you could have it cleaned professionally from time to time, as mattresses are home to bacteria and germs in plenty, which might not get adequately cleansed with household cleaning products and methods.
3. Amount of Use
As you can imagine, anything that is used more will last less. However, there are two things that need to be kept in mind. Whichever type you own, it wouldn’t last as long in cases of extreme use, for example sharing couples who use for 10+ hours per day, and secondly on the other hand, if it has been left unused and uncleaned for prolong periods of time. Mattresses that are moderately used, where people sleep on it for around 7-8 hours a day, and then cleaned regularly are the ones that have the longest life.
4. The Cleaning Products
The question of how long do mattresses last really is to do with many supporting factors, but quite often depends on the cleaning methods used to clean them. For instance, in case of blood stains, you might have to use hydrogen peroxide to get rid. Too much of this chemical (and other heavy duty stain removers) would lead to a reduction of mattress life as these are not made to withstand such chemical uses.
5. Proper Precautions
It is always nice to have kids around the house. However, if your kids want to use your bed as a trampoline, it seriously isn’t a good idea. You would rather have them play elsewhere since this can seriously damage your bed. Imagine you have an innerspring, the springs will become too soft and compressed in no time at all and will leave you with a creaky and sagging surface. Additionally, whether it’s latex or memory foam, soon there will be indentations which are beyond repair. To prolong its life, you can also rotate and flip it from time to time, but that’s only if it’s double-sided and permits you to do so. You could perform this every few months for the duration of its life, which will significantly improve how long a mattress can last.
When Do You Know You Cannot Use Your Mattress?
Usually, mattresses that are over seven years old do not provide the comfort and support you need on the bed. Once you see there are signs of the surface and support wearing out, or you’re feeling uncomfortable in the bed when you are sleeping on it, you would be better off changing it. Some of the common visible signs of wearing are sagging, holes and tearing. If you cannot get a full night’s sleep and feel that you’re having a better slumber elsewhere than your bed, you need to start looking for a replacement.
You might buy the most expensive mattress, but if you do not care for it properly, it might not even last ten years. On the other side, ones which are taken care of correctly are known to last more than 15 years.