Mattress Care: Flip or Rotate?

You probably grew up thinking that flipping your mattress was the best way to prolong its life and help you stay more comfortable as you sleep away the nights.  Anytime the subject of mattress care came up, you probably heard this story repeated by family members and friends alike.  Surely that many people with the same suggestion could not be wrong, right?  Well, it turns out that flipping your mattress might not be the best thing for your health or your bed.

While the old school way of flipping a mattress does indeed work for the traditional spring mattresses of the past, technology has come a long way since the days of mattress flipping.  Today’s mattress market offers up some incredibly well-made beds.  So your friends and family are not technically wrong, just stuck in a bygone era.   Maybe buy that relative a new mattress for Christmas this year?

To Flip or not to Flip the Mattress?

That is the question.  There are so many mattresses available on the market today that there is not a great answer to this question. Over the last four or five years, there have a been some new companies and products offering a new and improved kind of mattress.  There’s Purple, Leesa, Casper, Tuft & Needle all claiming to provide you with a fantastic nights rights shipped right to your door in a box.   The answer for these new types of the mattress is no; you shouldn’t flip.  The vast majority of mattresses sold today have no such flippant requirements.

Rotation is important.

While you may not have to flip your mattress but it is important to rotate it now and then.  After buying one of these new mattresses, you should consider turning it every two weeks for the first three months and then once every two months for the rest of the mattress’ life.  We are aware there are those out there whom would argue some are doing a mattress rotation every month and some go so far as every six months, however, we think every two month is good enough to keep the mattress functional.

Rotation reminder

We all lead relatively busy lives each with a million different things to remember to do every day, week, month, and year.  It can be hard to stay on task with everything, and some things do slip through the cracks.  In that spirit, here is a straightforward and smart way to remember to keep your mattress rotated.  Try pinning an index card with the month that the next flip needs to occur.  When changing the sheets remember to check the index card.  If the month matches up to the current month, then it is time to flip the mattress.

We hope this article has been helpful for you if you’re trying to take care of your mattress or thinking about buying a new one.  If you are currently searching for a new home, then take a look at our rent-to-own home listings today.