Mattress and Futon Lifespan
Mattress and Futon lifespans are depend on two major factors:
- The ingredients inside the mattress
- How you care for your mattress
Mattress Ingredients Affect The Lifespan
Ingredients are the first priority in securing a mattress that will have a long life. Chemical compounds break down in time and cannot be restored no matter what you do. These chemical compounds, namely petrochemical based foams and memory foams and gels, used in mattress manufacturing generally begin to break down within a few years. Petroleum based foams are relatively inexpensive compared to other more durable ingredients such as natural latex or coconut coir. Polyurethane Foam is also very sensitive to environmental factors including; heat; cold; moisture; sunlight; and heavy use. Once the cells in the foam break down, it begins to fall apart and deteriorate. Typical foam or memory foam mattresses have a 5-10 year life expectancy.
Wool And Cotton
Wool and cotton are natural fibers and need air circulation to keep their shape. Natural fiber can be placed in the sun and will poof back up naturally from nightly compression. Airing our your mattress and futon regularly will offer you longer lasting mattresses and more support and comfort for years to come.
Then there are mattresses with pocket coils or springs. Springs can compress with weight and sag over time. Generally, th more steel, the higher the quality. The increased steel comes with higher coil counts and higher gauge (thickness). The higher the gauge of the spring, the more resistant it will be to sagging. The more springs also increased the lifespan and the weight is distributed over a higher number of springs, decreasing the individual stress on any one particular coil.
One of the most promising natural new ingredients in mattress design is the coconut coir. Used for centuries in Asia and Europe, the natural coconut coir, infused with liquid latex offers super long life, extra firm support with virtually no sagging ever. Mattresses and futons using coconut coir with latex make superior mattresses that can live a lifetime.
Caring For Your Mattress Increases Its Lifespan
Everything lasts longer when we take care of it. Mattresses are no exception. How do you care for your mattress?Most people just know to change their sheets regularly and that's it. Regular flipping and rotating as well as purchasing a mattress barrier protector to keep moisture out of it helps. One prime example of how caring for your mattress can extend its life is in the case of latex mattresses. Latex mattresses can last over 20 years with proper care. However, improper care of your latex mattress can cause it to fall apart in a very short time. This is because latex is light sensitive. Latex will crumble with heat and light so always keep your latex well covered. Latex slabs without proper covering (wool and cotton) can also crumble right before your eyes. Natural 100% latex and organic latex lasts the longest as these mattresses contain pure latex without petrochemical fillers that break down faster.
How To Care For Your Mattress
Caring for your mattress is as important as getting a good night sleep. So don’t ignore your mattress. Air it out often. Flip and rotate it from head to toe and back to front. Use a mattress pad to absorb body fluids that the mattress is exposed to during love making and general perspiration. Now you know moisture is a major enemy to all mattresses, so drying out your mattress or futon in the sun, air deck is a wonderful idea whenever possible.
"Longevity" or "lifespan" in our research refers to the length of a mattress's useful life, that is, how long it maintains at least some of its original comfort and support. Longevity / lifespan often has the same meaning as durability, but not always. This list contains only our most popular mattresses within each lifespan category
15-20 year life expectancy with every day use
10-15 year life expectancy with every day use
9-12 year life expectancy with every day use
8-12 year life expectancy with every day use
6-10 year life expectancy with occasional use
6-8 year life expectancy with occasional use
2-5 year life expectancy with occasional use