All furniture has an expiration date, and your mattress is no different. Whether you sleep on a spring or memory foam mattress, the more proactive you can be about maintaining it, the more likely you are to sleep soundly and regularly. With a few simple tasks, you can extend the life of your mattress and wake up refreshed every day.

1. Clean your mattress regularly

A clean mattress is the key to a healthy night’s sleep. Clean your mattress regularly according to the manufacturer’s instructions. Certain household cleaners such as baking soda and essential oils can help clean the fabric of your mattress, but they can be harmful to certain foams. Vacuum before cleaning to clean your mattress from dust and dirt using the attachment designed for cleaning upholstery. If your pets like to snuggle in bed, you can count on their hair and fur getting caught in your bedding, so consider vacuuming more often to make sure everyone gets a good night’s sleep.

2. Rotate every six months

After lying in the same spot night after night, your mattress will begin to mold to your body. Rotating your mattress every three to six months gives it a chance to refresh its structure and provide additional support. Simply turning the foot of the bed to where you rest your head will make you feel like you’ve bought a brand new mattress.

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3. Use a mattress protector

Mattress protectors help keep your bed as clean as possible by limiting damage caused by spills while keeping dust mites, sweat, dander and pet hair/fur off your mattress. Made from organic cotton, organic mattress protectors are usually hypoallergenic and waterproof. They are helpful sleep aids for people with: sensitivities to allergens and chemicals.

4. Support your mattress

Not properly supporting your mattress is a recipe for unhealthy sleep and a short life for your bed. Check the manufacturer’s instructions to see if your mattress is intended to be matched with a box spring, and if not, what kind of support is needed underneath, given the type and weight of your mattress. Insufficient support can not only damage your bed, but can also lead to physical complications such as aches and pains.

5. Handle your mattress with care when moving

During a move, the bed is often the center of attention. Large and clunky, mattresses can be frustrating to maneuver from your bedroom to a moving vehicle. Fabric can be easily torn when navigating corners, up and down stairs, down hallways, and sometimes even out windows. Always work with a partner when moving your mattress or leave it to professionals if you hire a moving company. If you are too hasty to move it, you can easily damage it to the point of having to replace it.

To learn more about the shelf life of various household items and appliances, read our blog post at The life expectancy of your home.