How Long Does a Memory Foam Mattress Topper Last?

 There are many factors to consider when selecting a mattress topper such as longevity of the topper, comfort when using and possibly hygiene reasons.

Without a doubt, a mattress topper will rejuvenate your bed appearance and give you the extra comfort you have been searching for.

However, one consideration when purchasing a mattress topper is how much life can you expect from this purchase.

Like most things in life we get what we pay for to a greater extent, this does not mean that budget mattress toppers should be discounted, on the contrary, there is a good argument to buy a budget mattress topper and replace it more often.

But most of us like to buy the best product within our budget, and why not, after all, we are going to be sleeping in comfort for many years to come.

What is the Life of a Mattress Topper?

It depends on the user, let me explain a little further.

If you are using a mattress topper for a young adult the likely hood is it will last longer than if a full-figured adult is using the topper. The fact is weight does play a factor in longevity as it does with your bed in general.

If your bed mattress is old and sagging then it is not unreasonable to expect it to wear in a way that shortens its overall life span. Of course, a mattress topper may be the best option to revitalise your sagging mattress and aid in restful sleep.

Back to the main question… 

How Long Will A Mattress Topper Last

With normal wear and tear which I guess could be defined as seven to eight hours of use every night. Average adults with a near to average body weight, maintenance of the mattress like regularly cleaning. 

It would be reasonable to expect three to four years of normal use from your mattress topper.

Obviously the above makes the assumption that the mattress topper has been selected from a reputable supplier who has the knowledge to advise the user of which mattress is best for them

Clearly, other factors come into play when talking about the life span of a mattress topper. Materials have a significant effect on the life of the mattress topper. The better the materials the more durable and longer it will last.

Memory foam toppers generally have a life span of three to five years, but again, it depends on materials and the thickness of the foam.

Here is what you have to consider when purchasing a mattress topper. The construction of the topper is different from a normal mattress.

A normal foam mattress is constructed in layers of different density foams, the base layers and high density to absorb shocks and provide the support with the soft memory foam needs as a top layer, which is where the comfort the user enjoys.

If you pace the memory foam topper mattress over a spring mattress then is clear to imaging the dynamics of the bed have changed. Hence wear can be accelerated.

Spring sub mattresses if worn can reduce the life of a foam mattress topper significantly. Imagine a broken spring protruding into the mattress topper! The damage will be initialised and over time becomes worse.

Although a topper will enhance the appearance and performance of your bed you must be aware that if your base mattress is old, sagging and generally, in poor condition, it will inevitably follow the contours of the base mattress.

As a rule of thumb purchase a thicker topper for the best results regardless of the condition of the supporting base mattress.

If your base mattress is in poor condition, say, more than seven years old you should consider replacing it. You can still utilise and take advantage of a sumptuous mattress topper on a new mattress base.

Keep in mind why you decided to purchase a mattress topper, I would suggest the main reason is for comfort and the secondary reason is appearance.

Guest Rooms

Most of a spare bedroom where we accommodate friends and family once in a while. It goes without saying a mattress topper used in a guest room will last a very long time due to infrequent use.

Maximise the Life of Your Mattress topper

In comparison to full-size mattresses, the topper is simple to maintain.

If used normally the mattress should be cleaned at least twice per year, cleaning includes a general vacuum to remove dead skill cells and other dust particles that will have accumulated over the months.

Stubborn stains should be spot cleaned following the manufacturer’s guidelines. It’s all very simple and easy due to the lightweight construction. 

Pest Infestations

Unfortunately, if your dog or cat has infested your new mattress topper with fleas, then you have two options to fix the problem. Discard the infested topper and start over, or rinse and clean with hot water and a soapy solution.

Some toppers can be machine washed (check the instructions). If this is the case it’s best to use a bigger industrial washer because of the weight of the item. 

Pest infestations are a nightmare scenario but unfortunately do happen, it is difficult to keep the family pet from jumping on your bed and if you are unlucky the infestation will transfer into this perfect environment for rapid expansion, overtaking your mattress and topper.

Final Thoughts

Mattress toppers can be a fantastic addition to any bed adding newfound comfort and restful sleep.

Purchase the best mattress topper you can afford and try to find a thicker topper, it will last a little longer and serve you better over the years.

If your base mattress is in poor shape, ditch it and start again. The mattress topper is not a band-aid or quick fix, If you treat it as such then you can expect the mattress topper to decrease in its useful life.

It’s always a good idea to seek professional help from a reputable supplier, they will have lots of advice on how to get the most out of your new mattress topper.