It’s a well-known fact that the average mattress can last anywhere between seven to ten years, but it’s easy to forget that one can last well past that timeframe. Some might convince you that as soon as the clock turns midnight on the seventh year that you should immediately find a new mattress. The truth is, you should only replace your bed when absolutely necessary, and you should know that the lifespan of your mattress can be extended.
If you have a custom mattress, take precautions and necessary measures to squeeze as much life out of your bed as possible. Why? Mattresses in general are costly investments and a part of life that you just can’t ignore. The more snoozes you get out of your bed, the better your wallet will be.
Regularly Vacuum Your Mattress
Every few months (though to be extra safe, at least once every quarter) you should take off your bed sheets and vacuum each nook and cranny of your bed. This will help stop the spread of dust mites and dust. Dust can build up, resulting in a poor looking bed, but it can lead to significant allergies, which are their own form of unique annoyance. It can get to a point where you might just put off sleeping because you can’t stop sneezing every time you try to catch a few winks.
A solid vacuum job can also prevent sweat, dirt, and all sorts of other allergens and disturbances from making their way into the bed. Extending the lifespan of your custom bed isn’t just about making it look proper, but also ensuring that it’s still comfortable to sleep on after years and years. While you’re vacuuming your bed, you can also rotate or flip your mattress.
Don’t Eat in Bed
Breakfast in bed is a romanticized adventure that can quickly turn into a nightmare if you’re not careful enough. Leave the pancakes with loads of syrup and hot coffee for the dining room table or living room couch. Having breakfast, or just general eating in in bed is an open invitation for ants, cockroaches, and all sorts of critters to lounge around in your bed. Your bed can turn into a nesting ground and while there are ways to get your new tenants out of your mattress, they can be a (potentially expensive) hassle.
Eating in bed can also lead to germs and other bacteria to thrive in your bed, which can lead to poor sleeping conditions. Your bed could genuinely make you sick as the likes of e-coli and mold could be festering while you try to catch up on your sleep. If your bed is making you ill, it’s time to throw it and find a brand-new custom-made mattress.
Kick Bed Bugs out Before they Come
On the note of not inviting cockroaches and ants in, you should pay particular attention to bed bugs. Smaller than you can see, bed bugs can ravage a bed as they lay and ruin your sleep hygiene. Beyond just leaving red bumps on your skin and making you anxious, a bed bug infestation can lead to insomnia and anemia. While you can’t always stop the spread of these nasty bugs, you can take measures to make your custom mattress as unappealing as possible. They’re particularly interested in beds that sport dark sheets, so consider custom bed sheets and pillow cases that are bright.
Another measure you can take is to not leave dirty, sweaty laundry lying around. Bed bugs find worn, dirty clothes inviting, so try and have your clothes washed as soon as you can, especially if you live in a hot environment. If you find yourself traveling, make it a point to have your clothes washed and laundered before you come home so these bugs don’t get a free ride home.
No More Jumping on the Bed
Here’s a specific one for the little ones (or those who think the mattress is a trampoline): stop jumping on the bed. Forget the fact that it’s a safety hazard that can lead to injury, jumping on a bed can cause significant wear and tear. If you have a custom-made bed, this can be a huge blow, as it can lead to less tight springs. If you have a specially made foam mattress, the bed can especially become less rigid. If you want the most out of your mattress, make it a rule that kids shouldn’t be jumping up and down on it.
Get a Quality Custom Mattress Protector
The simplest way to protect a custom-made mattress is to have a protector. While it’s ideal to have a custom-made mattress protector on the bed as soon as you receive it, this is a better late than never situation. A quality mattress protector is barrier that will stop bacteria, spills, and even crumbs from getting onto the bed itself. If you sleep hot and find yourself sweating into the night, a mattress protector is recommended to stop the liquid from seeping into the bed. This will stop bacteria from thriving and eliminate the possibilities of nasty odors from making home in your bed. In almost all the situations we described above, a custom-fit mattress protector would have come in handy to extend the lifespan of the bed.
The Importance of Custom Bedding
When it comes to protection, a solid, tight fit is needed to ensure that the bed doesn’t come into contact with anything that could reduce its longevity. If you’re in the market for a mattress protector, ditch generic, one-size-fits-all products and opt for something custom-made, so you know that you’re receiving the best quality product. Sometimes, a custom mattress protector is your only option if you have a unique bed. It will be difficult to find protectors for sofa or RV beds, or any other unorthodox sleeping situation. A quality mattress that’s suited to your needs is an important investment, especially if you have a distinctive sleeping profile. To extend the lifespan of your bed, having a mattress protector is simply a no brainer.
For more important information on how to take care of your custom bed, consult our care guide.