Your mattress is one of the most important investments you can make. That might seem like an overstatement but any piece of furniture that you spend a third of your life on should be chosen with care and maintained properly. Many people don’t think much about maintaining their mattress but there are things you can do to extend the life of your mattress, like the simple practice of mattress flipping.
Like anything, mattresses get worn down over time, especially with prolonged use. And, as mentioned, a person spends eight hours on average, or a third of the day, in bed (sometimes more on Sundays), so most mattresses become very well used over time. Proper mattress maintenance will not only save you money by making your mattress last longer, it will help support your body so that you have a comfortable rest night after night. We all know the benefits of getting a good sleep and the impact it can have on the rest of your life. Have you had enough convincing yet?
So what exactly is mattress flipping?
Mattress flipping is just that, and can be done end to end, as well as flipped over so the side that was facing down is now facing up.
If you think about it, it makes perfect sense. Consider the springs in your mattress. If only some of them are being compressed night after night, then those are going to get worn down and lose their resilience while others retain their shape and ability to support your body. If you sleep on the same ones every night, it’s going to feel like the life of your mattress is over long before it has to be. By rotating your mattress so the end that was at your headboard is now at your feet, you will be sleeping on a whole new set of springs. By switching up the placement of the springs, you are dispersing the wear and tear of the mattress so that your springs will enjoy a much longer life.
If you have a spring coiled mattress, it is a good idea to rotate the mattress end to end at least twice a year. You can make a habit of it by rotating it once in the fall and once in the spring (or summer and winter if you’d rather).
You can also flip your mattress upside down, which again will prolong the life of your mattress. It may seem like an inconvenience and tough job to do, but if you like saving money, it’s well worth your time. Mattress experts say that by flipping your mattress one to two times a year can prolong the mattress’ life by five to seven years.
How often you should rotate and flip your mattress comes down to a few factors, like your size, weight, how many people share the bed and how you sleep — that is whether or not you always stay in one place or you roll around all over the place. Obviously the heavier the load on the bed, the more often you should consider rotating and flipping the mattress.
Mattresses have come a long way over the years. We are fortunate enough to have centuries of developments behind us so we no longer sleep on hay or wool. Mattresses today are made with our best interest in mind and that effort will go further with some basic maintenance and care.
If you have any questions about what you can do for your mattress or what your mattress can do for you, don’t hesitate to be in touch at either our South Surrey or White Rock locations. We are happy to help with all your mattress needs.