Top Five Signs Your Mattress Needs Replacing

Posted by Pam Johnson - Head of Buying on 19th Apr 2022

Top Five Signs Your Mattress Needs Replacing

Sometimes it’s easy to recognise when your mattress is beyond its best. However, there are other times when you may not even be aware of the potential damage an old, or substandard mattress could be causing.

Discover whether or not your mattress needs to be replaced with our handy guide and learn why it’s so important to know the top five signs your mattress needs replacing.

1.Your mattress is very old 

How long does a mattress last?

According to the Sleep Foundation , you should aim to replace your mattress every six to eight years. However, this advice will obviously differ depending on certain factors, including:

  • The initial condition of the mattress when purchased
  • Regularity of use
  • If the mattress has become damaged in any way during this time

Is an old mattress bad for your health?

You may be wondering why you should bother to replace your mattress if it still seems perfectly fine. After all, if your mattress has lasted so many years, what harm could a few more years of use possibly do?

Well, potentially, quite a lot.

Even if your mattress looks perfectly clean and stain free, there could be more things to worry about - millions of them…

Did you know?

A 7-year-old mattress can play host to over 16 million bacteria

That’s an awful lot of bacteria to be cosying up to each night, and it doesn’t stop there. In addition to the millions of bacteria living in your mattress, you may also find additional squatters such as bedbugs and mites.

How do I know if there are bed bugs in my bed?

Some of the signs of bed bugs and mites in your bed include:

  • Feeling itchy
  • Visible bite marks from bed bugs
  • Asthma and allergies triggered by dust mites

These are just a few of the signs that your mattress has turned into a bed mites’ motel.

The older your mattress, the more bacteria will be present, which is one of the reasons it’s recommended to change your mattress every six to eight years.(1)

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2 .Your mattress is used a lot

It’s common sense that the mattress on a barely used guest bed will last longer than the mattress on the bed you use every night. This is of course if both mattresses are of the same quality.

Over time, general wear and tear can happen to the best of mattresses. Fibres and foam can break down and you may find that indentations have been left where you lie. You may have tried to avoid buying a new mattress by using a washable mattress protector.

What are the benefits of a washable mattress protector?

  • Helps to prevents stains and dirt being in contact with the mattress.
  • Helps to prevent exposure to dust mites and other potential allergens.
  • As the mattress protector is washable you can wash away dirt, stains, and dead skin cells.

It’s advisable to purchase two washable mattress protectors per bed so that one can always be on your bed when the other is being washed.

Although a mattress protector doesn’t change the fact that it’s recommended that you change your mattress every seven to eight years, it may help you avoid needing to change your mattress sooner.

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3.Help! My mattress is sagging!

A sagging mattress can lead to waking with aches and pains because you haven’t received the comfort and support you need for a good night’s sleep.

There are many things that can cause your mattress to sag.

Some of these factors may include:

Overuse of the same area of the mattress

When you lie on the same area of even a firm mattress each night, the fibres in this region can begin to compress and sag. Following the proper mattress care advice can help to tackle this problem.

Lack of mattress care

When you buy your mattress from Bensons for Beds, you’ll be made aware of how to care for your mattress. This advice will include how often to rotate your mattress and if the mattress should be turned, and if so, how often.

Following the relevant advice can help to prevent premature sagging of your mattress.

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4. Ping! There go the mattress springs

Exposed and broken springs are a common problem with very old mattresses. If you’re being prodded by springs poking against the mattress fabric or can feel them through your mattress, a new mattress is well overdue.

You may be tempted to try to fix your mattress springs with temporary quick fixes, but exposed mattress springs can cause injuries and trying to resolve the problem with a little DIY is not advised.

Broken mattress springs can cause sagging in areas of your mattress and this can have a detrimental effect on the overall support provided by the mattress.

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5. My Mattress isn’t offering the support I need

Over time a mattress can lose its firmness and fail to provide the support it once did. Before you go ahead and buy a new mattress, it’s worth taking steps to ensure that you choose the right comfort rating for your needs and type of mattress rather than presume you already know.

How do I select the right comfort rating?

SleepPRO can help you find the ideal mattress comfort rating for your needs. This innovative process uses sophisticated technology to assess where you need support the most. SleepPro is available in-store and one of our helpful store colleagues will guide you through the process to find the perfect mattress for your needs.

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How to best care for your mattress

There are steps you can take to ensure your mattress remains as comfortable and as supportive as possible so that you shouldn’t need to change it before the seven-year mark.

Adhere to the mattress care guidance

When you buy a mattress from Bensons for Beds, you’ll be advised how best to care for it.

This advice can include how often the mattress should be turned and rotated, and also what additional products, such as mattress protectors, can enhance the comfort of your new mattress.

You can also find tips for cleaning and maintaining your mattress in our How to Clean and Care for Your Mattress guide.

Team your mattress with the appropriate bed

We ensure you can match the right mattress with the perfect bed in a number of ways:

With your bed, your way - This five-step system from Bensons for Beds is designed to help you find the ideal comfort rating, mattress size, mattress type, base or frame, and style for you.

Online - when you select a mattress you like, you can also see which bed is frequently teamed with that mattress.

Telesales - In addition to being able to receive great advice instore and online about which mattress and bed would be best for you, you can also give our friendly telesales team a call.

Here to help

Should you need any further advice or have any questions about any of our products, get in touch with our friendly customer services team on 080 144 6160 today.

We’ll be delighted to help find the perfect mattress for your needs.


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Pam Johnson
Head of Buying
Pam has worked within Bensons for Beds for 16 years and has a great deal of experience in both developing and sourcing new product ranges. As Head of Buying specialising in mattresses, divans and headboards, Pam is dedicated to providing solutions that help customers to get a great night’s sleep.
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