When should I get a new mattress?
Answer: The general standard to replace your mattress is five to ten years. Often, bed owners will neglect to replace their mattress or forget when the expiration date of their mattress has arrived. The good news is that your body will ultimately let you know when it’s time to invest in a new mattress. There are a few key signals you can look for in determining the right time to replace your mattress:
You wake up with body aches. You should never wake up in the morning feeling unrested and achy. First of all, that’s a very unpleasant way to start the day. Secondly, it’s a sign that your mattress has aged to the point that areas of natural depression has turned into areas of sagging. When this occurs, your mattress loses its ability to provide optimal support.
You wake with allergies. Nothing can be worse than starting the day with foggy eyes, a sinus headache, and the sniffles. What could cause that? Overtime, your mattress will double in weight due to dust mites and other allergens that have made a home inside of your mattress.
You are restless throughout the night. When your bed is not comfortable, you can’t find a comfortable position to fall and stay asleep. If you’re waking up several times a night because you can’t find that “sweet spot,” then it may be time to replace your mattress.
You are always tired. Are you waking up as tired as you were when you went to bed? Your mattress may be keeping you from getting the necessary hours of sleep you need.
You sleep better everywhere else. How amazing was that hotel bed? How hard did you sleep when you went home to visit your parents? If you find you’re not the light sleeper you think you are when you’re in another bed, then the problem may be your mattress.
If you are noticing any of these signifiers in your daily life, then it’s time to change your mattress.
Is a firm mattress always better for me?
Answer: The Short answer is no sometimes a firm mattress can cause pressure points on particular parts of the body and as a result this can increase movement during sleep and as a result a more disruptive sleep.
How long should my mattress last?
Answer: On average, your mattress should last anywhere between 8 to 10 years. However, there are a lot of elements that can increase or decrease the longevity of your mattress. Your mattress is an investment – the better you take care of it and the more money you put into it will increase the longevity of your mattress.
How do you take care of it? There are certain things you can do as a bed owner to prevent your mattress from losing support too soon. For instance, do you flip your mattress once every year? This will help even the wear of the mattress. Also, has there been any spills on your mattress? A spill or liquid that seeps through the mattress compresses and degrades the fill and inevitably the metal springs will start to rust.
How can I clean my mattress?
Answer: To maintain your mattress takes very little to no time. In return, you can increase the return on your investment by increasing the mattress’s longevity. The only real cleaning of your mattress you can undertake is hoovering after that a mild damp cloth to dab put not really advisable to wet the mattress or use chemicals on it, they may damage the fillings and fabric. It is very important to use a mattress protector to help prevent soiling, any soiling will null and void your manufacturing warranty.
What is the difference between an open coil spring system and a pocket spring system?
Answer: An open coil spring system or Bones is the most traditional form of spring unit and consists of a continuous coil being turned to form the spring units which are connected. The Pocket springs are individual springs which behave independently of each other depending on the amount of pressure they are under. The open coil spring can offer very good support however the pocket spring system offers more support and for couples less roll together.
How do I rotate my mattress?
Answer: One of the most important things you can do to maintain the longevity of your mattress is to rotate it. The reasoning behind it is simple: body conformity. Breaking in a mattress is similar to breaking in a pair of shoes. Your new mattress will conform to the contours of your body the more you sleep on it. Within the first few nights, you’ll start to notice the conformity taking place. You’ll start to notice some impressions as your mattress gets more comfortable.
Body conformity is a double-edged sword. As your mattress conforms and gets more comfortable with your body, it also develops deeper body impressions. As a result, these impressions can lead to sagging if you don’t rotate your mattress. At Ger Gavin's, we recommend that you rotate your mattress every two weeks within the first three months. After three months, rotate your mattress once every two months.
When you rotate your mattress, the cushioning and insulation materials are then evenly and properly distributed. Here is how to properly rotate your mattress:
- Push your mattress at opposite corners while its laying flat
- Position mattress across the bed so that it hangs over a foot or more before you push the corner.
- Alternate rotation to vary head and foot positions each time you turn the mattress.
- Use the handles to turn and reposition the mattress.
- Do not attempt to lift the entire weight of the mattress.
- Do not attempt to turn the mattress by yourself.