Revitalizing an Old Mattress

Mattresses are expensive, difficult to move, and hard to get rid of. These are all reasons why you may be dreading replacing an uncomfortable mattress. Not to mention haggling with sales people and spending days shopping around for the perfect, comfortable mattress. It can be as difficult as purchasing a new car! If your mattress is uncomfortable either because it is getting old or it simply wasn’t very comfortable in the first place, there are a few things you can try in order to revitalize it, before giving in and buying a new one.


First, try turning your mattress. If you have a spring style mattress, natural wear will cause sags from sleeping in the same place over time.  To avoid this, Apartment Therapy suggests flipping your mattress four times a year, alternating between end over end and side over side. This will help your mattress last longer and be more supportive and comfortable. This does not apply to memory foam or air bed type mattresses.

Mattress Topper

If turning your mattress is not helping, consider buying a mattress topper. The mattress topper will give you a new, pillow top feel, without having to buy a new pillow top mattress. There are several different types of mattress toppers. If you don’t have any problems with allergies, you may want to consider a feather and down mattress topper.  These toppers are very soft and will relieve some of the pressure points you may have been feeling on your old mattress. If you have allergies, there are also mattress toppers that have synthetic fill, such as polyester. These toppers are hypoallergenic and work just as well as down and feathers. If you want the soft comfort of a feather bed, a mattress topper will provide it without having to buy a whole new bed.

When All  Else Fails

Most mattresses, if cared for properly, will last at least 10 years. After your efforts to revitalize your mattress, if it is still uncomfortable, or you feel like there is absolutely no life left in it, you may have to purchase a new one. Before you do, be sure to read this post on Tempur-pedic mattresses.  A new type of mattress may be what you need for a good night’s sleep and joint pain relief.


Photo “Heart Covered Mattress” courtesy of Leah Jones

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