When you invest in a new mattress, you’re investing in your sleep health for the next 8-10 years, so it’s important to care for your mattress the right way.
Once you've got your mattress, it then poses the question of whether you flip or rotate it, as well as how often this needs to be done as it can differ based on the type of mattress. It's vital to know the right answers to these questions so you can get the most out of your investment for years to come.
Rotating and/or flipping your mattress will allow for the sleep surface to wear evenly, so it’s important to rotate it once a fortnight for the first three months and then three to four times a year after this.
However, not all mattresses are made from the same materials, and will require specific care depending on their style.
A standard innerspring mattress is a classic mattress made from identical materials on the top and bottom. An innerspring mattress should be rotated and flipped.
Simply flip it over and rotate it end to end, every season (at a minimum) to keep your mattress fresher for longer.
A pillow-top innerspring mattress has a puffy pillow-like/padded top layer with a traditional mattress below.
The pillow top prevents this mattress from being flipped, but it’s recommended that you rotate the mattress end to end with the seasons. If you find that your pillow-top mattress shows wear, rotate it every other month, or as often as every month, to help it last longer.
Hybrid mattresses are a newer mattress type. They consist of an innerspring coil system with a memory foam or latex topper, combining two popular mattresses into one.
Rotating them is essential to longevity and care. It's recommended that you rotate with the seasons, every quarter. Simply rotate it end to end or 180 degrees.
Important! Hybrid mattresses are heavier than a traditional mattress, so have someone help you at all times.
Some memory foam mattress suppliers suggest that their mattresses don't need to be rotated or flipped.
Memory foam mattresses need less rotating and/or flipping than traditional mattresses, but if you want to rotate your mattress once or twice a year, you and your mattress will benefit.