When should I replace my mattress?
Before we get to the nitty-gritty, let’s figure out if it’s time for you to get rid of your mattress. 👀
There are some misconceptions about when you should replace your mattress.
Dreams UK “Replace Every 8” slogan advises Brits to upgrade their mattress every 8 years.
At Bensons for Beds, the standard mattress warranty is 5 years only.
Other brands guarantee a mattress for 10 years.
So, how often should you replace your mattress? 🧐
Replace your mattress every 7 - 10 years
You should aim to replace your mattress every 7 - 10 years as a rule of thumb.
If you wake up with aches and pains, feel your partner moving around, or notice dipping - then it’s probably time for a replacement. 🤯
The National Bed Federation created this video to show how much use is accumulated in a 7-year old mattress.
To summarise, a 7-year old mattress:
⏲️ Has roughly 20,000 hours of use
🛁 Absorbed 80 gallons of moisture (a bath full!)
💀 Accumulated half a stone of dead skin
Pretty gross, right?
So, even if your mattress still feels comfortable after 7 years, it will not be the most hygienic. 🤢
This is another reason we always stress the importance of using a mattress protector.
If you think your mattress is due to be replaced, check out some of our favourites below - they can recycle your old mattress too!
1. Take the mattress to a recycling centre
Most mattresses are made with recyclable materials. ♻️
And yet, in 2017, just 19% of mattress disposals were recycled, with the remaining 81% ending up in landfills.
Unfortunately, recycling your mattress is not as straightforward as leaving it outside with the rest of your recycling bins. 🗑️
The following materials are typically recyclable:
- Metal springs (found in pocket sprung and coil sprung mattresses)
- Foam padding (memory foam, latex foam, etc.)
- Natural fibres (cotton, wool, etc.)
- Outer fabric
However, whether or not you can recycle your mattress depends on the particular mattress and individual recycling centre. 👀
Where is a mattress recycling centre near me?
There are recycling facilities all over the UK, and you’ll likely find a mattress recycling service within driving distance, but you’ll have to transport the mattress yourself. 🚗💨
Check here to enter your postcode and find your nearby recycling centre details.
You’ll also be able to find out with there is a mattress recycling pickup option available. 🧐
What happens to recycled mattress materials?
It’s all well and good knowing the materials are recycled.
But how does the recycling journey end? 👇
|Mattress material||How it is recycled||What it is recycled into|
|Metal springs||Melted down in metal recycling plants||Construction material|
|Foam padding||Extracted and cleaned for reuse||Furniture stuffing, pillows, and carpet underlay|
|Natural fibres (i.e. wool, cotton)||Washed and spun into new fibres||Insulation, new yarn, other recycled textiles|
|Outer fabric||Stripped from mattress and shredded down||Low-grade fabric, refuse-derived fuel (renewable energy)|
Springs and foam are moderately easy to recycle, with the fabric cover being the most difficult due to the contamination complications.
3. Hire a mattress removal service
Getting rid of your mattress yourself can be a hassle, especially if you don't have the means to transport it. 🙁
Luckily, there are removal companies that can collect your bed for a fee.
A removal service makes life a lot easier as they will take the mattress straight from your room.
We encourage you to use a legitimate mattress collection service that recycles your mattress instead of sending it to landfills.
If you don’t have a car or cannot transport the mattress yourself, then a mattress collection service is a great idea. 🙌
5. Buy a new mattress that comes with a disposal service
Some mattress retailers and brands offer a disposal or recycling service with the purchase of your new mattress. 😍
There is usually a charge, but this is often cheaper than the local council or removal companies.
Often the price depends on the mattress size, with single mattresses being the cheapest for disposal and super kings the most expensive.
Some retailers can even recycle your old divan base and headboard too. 😱
Additionally, the mattress recycling service is a much more eco-friendly option.
You reduce your carbon footprint as the same van that delivers the new mattress will collect your old one in a simple swap. 👍
The mattress is then often fully recycled at a mattress recycling centre. ♻️
Check out these fantastic mattresses that come with a removal service:
What is a mattress disposal bag?
To put it simply, a mattress disposal bag is a bag in which to dispose of your mattress. 🧳
They can come in specific mattress sizes or as a one-size-fits-all.
Some retailers, such as Bensons for Beds, will give you a mattress disposal bag when you buy their mattress recycling option.
If you are donating your mattress, some charities may ask you to pop your mattress in a bag to protect it during transport.
Mattress disposal bags are sometimes referred to as mattress disposal covers or collection mattress protectors.
Where to buy a mattress disposal bag
If you need a mattress disposal bag in preparation for disposing of your mattress, you can typically only find them online. 💻
Amazon is a great place to find a cheap but efficient mattress disposal bag.
How to use a mattress disposal bag
If your mattress is being collected for disposal or donation, you should pop the mattress in the disposal bag before the driver arrives. 😅
Some retailers request the mattress is bagged before the driver arrives for hygiene reasons.
This is more important now more than ever since the coronavirus pandemic to ensure the best safety precautions are taken. ✔️
Follow these steps:
- Open up the bag and tuck it under each bottom corner of the mattress.
- Next, pull the bag around the side of the mattress as much as you can.
- When the bag is about halfway on, stand the mattress up and pull the rest of the bag up around the mattress.
- Secure the bag by taping up the opening with duct tape.
A mattress disposal bag is also a great way to transport your mattress!
If you’re moving or giving your mattress to a family or friend, consider buying a mattress disposal bag.
This will help keep the mattress protected during transportation and make it easier to move as you can slide it up and down the stairs. 🤗
The final steps
So we’ve covered all the dos and don’ts of how to dispose of a mattress. 🙌
If you’ve decided how to get rid of your old mattress and now you need a new one, check out some of our best mattress reviews.
Our favourites include:
These mattresses also include a mattress disposal service that you can add to the basket before you checkout. 👇