A memory foam mattress can help you to get a good night’s sleep, but you also need to make sure that you take good care of it in return. For years, the advice from the industry was to rotate and flip.
However, modern designs have evolved. You don’t need to flip a mattress anymore so much as just rotate it to ensure freshness. This needs to happen 1-2 times a year at a minimum, with older mattresses being best flipped 3-5 times a year.
How to Rotate Your Mattress Properly
Rotating your mattress isn’t too difficult. However, there is an art to doing it properly, so let’s check it out.
Remove all Bedding
The first step to rotating a mattress is to remove all the bedding from it. Having a fresh base to start from will make this a lot easier. It can be difficult to move a mattress if there’s a lot of stuff on it.
Check the Underside
Whilst you don’t need to flip a mattress anymore owing to the design of it, you should check the underside briefly to make sure it’s looking healthy down there. If there is a bad smell or the beginnings of mould, you don’t have a proper airflow under the bed.
Rotate the Mattress
Alright, now you can rotate the mattress around to make sure that it redistributes the weight properly and keeps things fresh. This might be difficult to do by yourself, so take it slow. Otherwise, ask a friend to give you a hand.
Replace the Bedding
Now that you have rotated the mattress, you can replace the bedding and carry on with it as normal. It’s usually not a difficult process and should only take you half an hour at best.
Taking the time to replace the mattress will allow it to last for longer. There is often wear and tear which is naturally associated with sleeping that you can’t do much to avoid. However, by rotating, you’re helping to spread out the damage and let the whole thing last longer.
It’s probably important to recognise that even the best mattresses are not going to last you forever. It’s recommended that you take the time to replace yours once every 8 years at best. Otherwise, the mattress can have decreased to the point that it isn’t comfortable.
So, rotating a memory foam mattress will depend on a handful of criteria. Chiefly among these being the age and design in question. Most mattresses need rotating at least once or twice a year, but many require more regular rotations.
You don’t usually need to flip a mattress, because this can often expose you to the bottom, which often has springs - although that’s less of an issue with memory foam.
Regular rotations slow down the damage to the mattress and mean that you can keep it for longer. If you’re kind to your mattress, then it’ll last you close to a decade before needing to be replaced.