Maintenance and Recycling
How well and properly a person cares for his or her mattress is a large factor in how long it will last and provide comfort and good sleep.
A quality innerspring mattress should last between 7 and 10 years before it needs to be replaced. Memory foam and latex models should last between 10 and 20 years depending on the manufacturer and the quality of the bedding. This is an approximation, as many factors affect the lifespan of a mattress. Keep in mind that just because a mattress is in good condition, that does not mean you are still getting the best comfort out of it.
Mattresses should be placed atop a firm base to prevent sagging. A new mattress should be rotated once a month for the first six months and once every 2-3 months after that. Double sided, or two sided mattress should be alternately flipped and rotated. It is suggested that you rotate your box springs/foundation twice a year. Folding and bending of the mattress should be avoided if possible, as should heavy wear in one spot and excessive weight on the handles.
If, despite your best efforts, you do end up with a stain on your mattress, you will need to learn how to spot-clean the mattress properly. The first thing to know is that moisture of any kind can be extremely damaging to a mattress, because it can cause mold and mildew to develop inside the casing.
Therefore, it is best to try forms of dry cleaning methods before resorting to liquid cleaners to take out stains. The first cleaning solution you can try is commercial upholstery cleaner or a homemade solution that is mixed from mild detergent and water. Stir your mixture until suds form, and then apply just the dry suds to your mattress with a sponge. For blood or urine stains, you can try dabbing at the spots with hydrogen peroxide and a clean white towel.
If your mattress does end up getting damp during your cleaning, make sure that it dries completely before replacing bedding. You can take your mattress outside on a warm day to dry in the sun, or you can use a fan across the mattress to expedite drying time.
Your mattress is a big investment that you want to maintain as long as possible.
Mattress protectors help prevent stains and soiling of the ticking, and from the normal wear and tear of life.
By learning how to clean your mattress properly and keeping up with a regular maintenance schedule, your mattress can last for many years.
Once a mattress no longer feels supportive and instead seems to contribute to body pain or stiffness, it should be replaced. Some symptoms of a broken or worn out mattress include springs which can be felt poking through the upholstery layer, visible permanent sagging or deformity, lumpiness, and excessive squeaking.
Maybe it has never occurred to you that a mattress may be recycled. You would probably just throw it somewhere and then it would be loaded to a landfill. We do not need that amidst all the damages already done to the environment. And maybe it is not a very smart idea to give it to others. Perhaps, some people will never have interest in taking your mattress and using it for their sleeping quarters for all sort of sanitary and hygiene factors.
Keeping mattresses out of landfills is a matter of efficiently recycling them so their core materials can be reincarnated into any number of new products. During the recycling process, each mattress or box spring is pushed onto a conveyor belt, where specially designed saws cut away soft materials on the top and bottom, separating the polyurethane foam and cotton fiber from the framework. The metal pieces are magnetically removed, and the remaining fiber materials are then shredded and baled.
These products are very "recyclable" into:
- carpet pads
- packing materials
- shipping pads
- noise abatement products
- steel products
- wood mulch