3 Signs it’s Time to Throw Out Your Old Mattress

3 Signs it's Time to Throw Out Your Old Mattress

Almost everybody uses a mattress when they go to sleep. They could be considered one of the most important pieces of furniture in your home. As such, you want to make sure it’s doing its job properly. Sometimes, beds can be overlooked in terms of when they need to be changed or replaced, especially the mattress which tends to get the brunt of wear and tear.

Here are some signs to look for regarding your old mattress in determining whether it needs replacing.

Bed Bugs

Bed bugs are some seriously nasty creatures. They can strike even if you’re meticulous about cleanliness and hygiene, so you shouldn’t be ashamed or embarrassed if it happens to you. They can travel from other infested areas and used furniture. Hotel rooms are also a possible source so take great care when you’re travelling. There are ways to lower the odds of getting bed bugs, and solutions to getting rid of them.

If you do end up with bed bugs, the safest thing to do is get a replacement mattress after the problem has been dealt with. You wouldn’t really want to keep around an old infested mattress.

Stains and Smells, Lumps and Bumps

Through the years, your mattress might accumulate a number of stains and other contaminants that might leave unpleasant odors. While they might not be dangerous or cause for alarm, it can make the sleeping experience very irritating, especially if you have to stare at a huge stain every time you wash the covers.

Some smells can washed or scrubbed off, but there might be the odd smell that has soaked too deep into the mattress to be properly cleaned. If that’s the case, the only true way to get rid of the smell would be to replace the mattress.

Lumps and bumps will also appear throughout a normal mattress’s life cycle, but that doesn’t mean they should be there. They occur usually from favoring one side of the mattress over the other, which can be inevitable for most people. It could also be that the materials in the mattress are wearing down or failing after so many years.

These are less likely to happen in beds that aren’t used very often, like those in guest rooms, but for most mattresses, it will be something you’ll most likely encounter.

The Mattress is More Than 10 Years Old

Normal mattresses nowadays have a typical lifespan of about seven to ten years. These are not hard and fast times, but for most people, it’s a good average.

After so many years of use, mattresses will simply wear out over time. It may even be detrimental to your health if you use a mattress long after it’s outlived its usefulness.

If you’re not feeling well-rested after a night’s sleep, or you wake up with aches and pains in your back, the mattress could very well be the culprit if it’s old.

It’s also possible that, even the mattress isn’t that old, it might still need replacing if it’s used more often than normal. If you take lots of naps, for example, in addition to a normal night’s sleep, your mattress will wear out much faster than normal and you might want to consider changing it sooner than seven years.

You don’t necessarily have to trash an old mattress; there are recycling programs available.

Think About Replacing Your Old Mattress

There could be other reasons you might want to get rid of an old mattress. You might be redecorating the home. This would be a good time to think about the mattress. Even if it’s not too old, a replacement might go well with the new look you’re going for, and if it’s in the budget, there’s no reason you should skip it over.

Regardless, as an important part of your daily life, take care in assessing the comfort, safety, and longevity of your mattress and don’t forget that at some point, it will need to be replaced.