Whether you have a king mattress or a single, memory foam or pocket sprung, a good bed mattress can last 8-10 years as long as you look after it. Here’s some advice from the Sleep Council on how best to care for your mattress.
Protect the mattress with covers
Use washable mattress (and pillow) covers to protect your mattress from stains. Buy them in a purpose-made ‘barrier’ fabric if you have a dust allergy.
Give the mattress some air
Throw back bedclothes in the morning and leave the bed to air for 20 minutes to allow body moisture to evaporate.
Turn your mattress regularly
Turn your mattress over (if advised) and end to end every three or four months, and every week for the first three months, to help upholstery fillings to settle down more evenly.
Ban bouncing on the mattress
To keep your mattress at its best, don’t sit on the edge of the bed regularly and don’t let the children bounce on it.
Unwrap your mattress immediately
Don’t leave any plastic wrappings on a new bed mattress – this could lead to rot.
Keep your mattress clean
Vacuum the mattress and base from time to time.