What should I do with my old bed? How to dispose of a mattress
One of the most common questions we get here at Bensons is “how should I dispose of my old mattress?”. Here, we’ll explore the signs that a mattress needs replacing and tell you how best to dispose of it once your new one has arrived.
When should I think about replacing my mattress?
While the lifespan of a mattress depends on a variety of factors, generally, advice from experts is that a regular mattress will last for 8-10 years if it’s looked after properly, but this can vary depending on the type of mattress you own.
If you’re unsure about how long you’ve had your mattress, there are other signs that it may be time to get a replacement:
- You wake up with aches and pains: if your mattress is past its best, it won’t offer you the same comfort and support that it did in its heyday. If you awaken each morning with aches and pains which ease throughout the day, it could be time to replace your mattress.
- Your mattress is lumpy: chances are you sleep on your own mattress most nights, and after a while this can cause body impressions and lumps. If there are noticeable lumps or sagging in your mattress, it could be time for a replacement.
- You’re dreaming of a firmer mattress: as we age, our bodies need more support when we sleep. Many people find that they need to change their mattress to a firmer one as they get older, so if you’re dreaming of a firmer bed, it could be time to get a replacement.
- You’re sneezing or itching during the night: over time, mattresses accumulate dust and dead skin which can cause sneezing or itching. If you find you’re sneezing or itching more, it could be time to replace your mattress.
Top tip: A good way to test if you need a new mattress is to sleep over at a friend’s house. If you find you’re getting a better night’s rest when you’re sleeping on a different bed, this is a strong indicator that it’s time for a new mattress.
How should I dispose of my mattress?
Now you’ve figured out if you need to replace your mattress, it’s time to dispose of your old one. There are several ways to dispose of an old mattress:
- Your local council will collect your old mattress
One way to dispose of your old mattress is to arrange for your local council to collect it. Most councils do offer this service, but it’s not usually free and you don’t know where your mattress will end up – so there’s no guarantee it won’t end up in landfill.
- Take your old mattress to the tip
Another way you can dispose of your old mattress is by taking it to the tip. However, this means you’ll have to transport it there yourself, which can be difficult if you don’t own a van. If you own a regular car, you can transport your mattress to the tip by securing it to the top of your car using a roof rack and some rope. Alternatively, try rolling up your mattress the best you can and squeezing it into your car that way.
Please note: it’s important to ensure that your mattress is completely secure before setting off to the tip.
- Donate your old mattress
If your mattress is still usable, it’s a good idea to donate it to a charity or homeless shelter. This way, you can get rid of your mattress and help someone less fortunate at the same time. The British Heart Foundation offers a free pickup service for customers who’ve bought a new bed from Bensons for Beds.
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