You really should spin your mattress more often

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Every seven to 10 years I am faced with the prospect of buying a new mattress. I hate it. Not the mattress, but the process. And they’re so expensive! It’s just a tough shopping trip to swallow.

A good mattress can cost thousands, some mattress costs are just ridiculous, and then there are the ridiculously cheap ones that are just that – cheap.

With mattresses, as with most other things in life, you get what you pay for.

Once one wise (and no doubt, wealthy) mattress salesman told me that I’ll spend around a third of my life during the lifespan of a mattress in said mattress. Admittedly, I reconsidered my investment. Especially considering I’d spend $100 on a pair of shoes to wear once a week …

So, we’ve cleared up that mattresses are a considerable but important investment. And once you’ve bought a mattress, your responsibility towards that foamy, springy friend doesn’t end there. No, once you have that ‘investment’ under your body, settling you into your (hopefully) deep sleep each night, you are evidently obliged to keep it in good order.

Most mattresses come with instructions that go beyond ‘lie down, go to sleep’.

Caring for your mattress is important for keeping it comfortable, fresh and new for as long as possible. It’s essential to perform proper mattress maintenance – and here are the basics.

1. Innerspring mattress
If you have an innerspring mattress with identical top and bottom, you should flip and rotate it four times a year.

2. Pillow-top mattress
You can’t flip these from top to bottom, but you can rotate them from end to end. Again, you should do this seasonally.

3. Hybrid mattress
A combination of innerspring and a memory foam or latex top, hybrid mattresses need to be rotated end to end quarterly. But they can be quite heavy, so it’s best to do it with assistance.

4. Memory foam mattress
Manufacturers of these mattresses claim that memory foam mattresses never need spinning, but it’s still a good idea to rotate them end to end twice a year. 

By regularly rotating your mattress, you’ll make your bed last longer and you’ll benefit from a healthy, comfortable mattress for years.


Do you spin your mattress? What sort of mattress do you use? Can you recommend any specific mattresses for our members? Why?

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Written by Leon Della Bosca

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Total Comments: 14
  1. 0

    I have a pillow top mattress and will take your advice. Thank you.

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    What do you do with a Waterbed mattress?

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      Well then. I would fill it with top quality Scotch and insert a fine tube so that I could be infused with the slow leaking Scotch. A sure way to guarantee perfect sleep!

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      Anyone with other than a water bed is a dill.

      In 1983 My back was giving me serious problems. Bought the water bed, & it fixed the back so well, that I have worn everything else out, but the back is still fine.

      I turn the “mattress” every time it springs a leak, [3 new ones in 35 years} or move it from house to house. It’s done about 5500 kilometres by now, but has not moved now in 25 years.

      If you have a bad back, find an accommodation provider that offers water beds, & give one a try for a few days. I did, which convinced me to buy. Without it, I doubt I’d be walking today.

  3. 0

    My bed base in on six castors, I rotate the whole bed every two weeks, finding it easy to do.

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      What a brilliant idea, never thought of that. Must ask if ‘she who must be obeyed’ will concur.
      My wife uses mattress turning as punishment for my minor misdeeds. When I hear ‘just for that we will turn the mattress’ I just take my punishment. Any opposite plan is just not worth the cost, I could get ‘the stare’.

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      Fantastic idea! I’m doing this tomorrow! Thanks Sen.Cit.89

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      What terrific thinking. Thank you I never think of doing that but will definitely use the idea.

  4. 0

    I wacuum our pillow top as well as turn it 4 times a year

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    Our ensemble mattress top is ‘flipped’ monthly, the base rotated on its castors at least annually. Use of a fitted/padded mattress liner is added protection and is turned end to end each ‘flip’. By replacing this liner biennially further protects our purchase made more than two decades ago. There’s no place like my own bed,so it’s worth looking after.

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    A slab of 6 inch foam and a nice set of rounded slats that wont shift. Easy to turn and rotate. Buy at least five for the price of a cheap innerspring.

  7. 0

    No need to spend thousands. I bought the cheapest “bed in a box” at about $700 (from memory) and I love it. I think they can only be purchased on line.

  8. 0

    I read the information that came with our expensive pillow top mattress….rotated it as it said for the first three months and I do it about every couple of weeks now…just reversing the bed around…easy to do on wheels.

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    I note only advice about turning a mattress. There has been a lot of comment about the horrible little parasites/mites which end up in our beds, so I vacuum mine when I change the sheets. Recently I read that they flourish in warmth, and airing the bed for while before making it up or straightening out the dooner kills off a lot of them, so I make sure I do that too now.



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