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18 May 2022

Get rid of the old mattress! That’s how often you should replace a mattress!

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Get rid of the old mattress! That’s how often you should replace a mattress!

Have you ever thought about replacing your old mattress? The landfill is full of old mattresses and your favorite TV program is constantly interrupted with advertisements for a new mattress. Many people get rid of their old mattress before the mattress wears out, and that’s not surprising at all. But why do we throw away the mattress earlier?

When should I replace my mattress?

In many cases, you replace the old mattress if it has retained too much moisture and therefore has become dirty brown in color. You also replace the mattress when it develops bedsores or is otherwise worn out. In that case the mattress actually needs to be replaced because it no longer supports your body the way it should. However, there are also people who simply choose to replace the old mattress for a new one because they no longer feel comfortable on the old one. This is not so strange, since your body and sleeping preferences can change over time and the mattress must continue to meet the consequences of this change. 

Why do I need to replace my mattress?

Replacing your mattress is something you do for reasons of hygiene or because your mattress no longer offers the right level of comfort. But how do these problems arise?

  • Sweating/transpiration/loss of moisture
  • Mites and dead skin cells, house dust mite
  • Resilience
  • Change of body and sleep position 

That you sweat at night will be nothing new to most people. An average adult loses around 200 ml of sweat per night. A whole glass full! Fortunately, a lot of that is absorbed by your fitted sheet or mattress protector, but that’s not all. A large part also ends up in and on the mattress. It is therefore extremely important that your mattress has good ventilation so that the moisture can escape. If this does not happen there is a chance of mold forming. Just the idea of it can make you sleep less well.

In addition to moisture loss during sleep, over the years your mattress also collects a lot of dead skin cells and can be a source for dust mites. This is not a pleasant thought and especially not for people with the accompanying allergies. Therefore, when choosing a new mattress, choose a mattress with anti-allergen properties. In addition to mattress hygiene, a mattress may also need to be replaced because it no longer has sufficient resilience. Your mattress may have worn out over the years and show pitting. Needless to say, your mattress is then in need of replacement. The mattress will not provide enough support and can therefore be harmful to your neck and back. Therefore, when buying a new mattress, pay attention to the materials used. A good mattress can last 10 years without wear and tear or dimpling. A 10-year warranty is therefore no luxury when buying a new mattress.

Checklist: Is my mattress in need of replacement?

You now know that a mattress is in need of replacement when:

  • The mattress no longer adequately supports the body due to changes.
  • Pothole formation occurred.
  • Your mattress is no longer hygienic.
  • You can recognize the above by the following points.

Back and neck pain

With back and neck pain, your mattress may need to be replaced. However, this does not necessarily mean that the mattress is worn out. It could also be that you do not have the right mattress for your sleeping position or body type.

Sagging mattress   

Is your mattress worn out or pitting? Then this is a good time to replace your old mattress for a new one. Pitting in your mattress means that you no longer get the support you should. This means that your body takes up a wrong posture while sleeping. In the long run, this can result in serious problems. 

Unhygienic odors and stains on the mattress

Does your mattress have yellow stains or is your mattress starting to smell due to perspiration in your sleep. This is often a sign that the mattress needs to be replaced. This means that the moisture is not sufficiently removed and this can lead to mold formation and faster wear of the foam. When choosing a new mattress, make sure it is a well ventilated mattress. 

Mattress is older than 10 years

Most materials have a lifespan of up to 10 years. However, some materials are of such quality that they last longer. For this reason, good mattress manufacturers offer a 10-year warranty on the durability of the materials. This is also the maximum usage time we recommend.

Which mattress is best to choose when replacing it?

This is budget dependent, but more expensive mattresses tend to last longer and in most cases provide support for every body type. As a result, changes in the body over time do not play a role. If you decide to spend a little more on a mattress, it is also advisable to look for a mattress with anti-allergenic properties. After all, you spend ⅓ of your life on a mattress. Therefore, make sure that the mattress meets everything to guarantee your sleeping comfort. After all, preserving your body and mind starts with a good night’s sleep.

Need personal advice on replacing your mattress?

Morningstar Sleeps helps in making the right choice. With our easy whatsapp feature, you can ask any questions when picking the right one. Invest in your own health and sleep comfort and test our mattresses for 100 nights with no special obligations.

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How often should you replace your mattress?

If you've bought a good mattress, then the 10-year rule of thumb will suffice. Yet most mattresses need replacement sooner, as wear and tear on the mattress or changes in the body can make a difference in the experience relatively quickly. 

How do you know if my mattress needs replacing?

If you are getting neck and/or back pain from your mattress or there is pitting, then your mattress is in need of replacement. Do yellow stains appear in the mattress and does the mattress start to smell? Then your mattress also needs to be replaced. 

After how many years should I replace a mattress?

This depends on the lifespan of the materials used in the mattress. Not all materials last the same long, but on average a mattress needs to be replaced after 5-10 years. A good quality mattress will only need to be replaced after 10 years.

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