There's no better feeling than welcoming a new mattress into your home but sometimes they can be expensive.

Some may save up for years to afford the mattress of their dreams, while others hold on to their beloved bedroom comfort for as long as possible because it’s the perfect fit.

But whether you prefer a foam or spring one, how often should you be changing your mattress and what can you do to make it last longer? Let’s find out.

How often should you change your mattress?

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It’s recommended that you should change your mattress every six to eight years, reports Bensons for Beds.

“But a mattress’s lifespan can depend on a number of factors – including how often it has been slept on, the kind of mattress it is, and whether it has been used with a mattress protector,” adds the bedroom furniture retailer.

“Mattresses can wear down gradually over the years, but they can also break suddenly towards the end of their lives.

“It’s good to have a sense of how long your mattress might last when you buy it, so you can plan ahead for when the time comes to replace it.”

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How to make your mattress last longer

Although the lifespan of a mattress typically depends on how much you use it, here are some handy tips that could help it last longer.

Bensons for Beds explains: “Most mattresses can’t be washed – but mattress protectors can be.

“Using a mattress protector can prevent moisture and bacteria from seeping into your mattress, keeping it fresh and clean for longer.

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“You should also make sure to rotate your mattress according to its specific recommendations. These recommendations can be found on the mattress label or in the care leaflets provided.

“Most mattresses usually need to be rotated every month for the first few months after purchase and ideally, weekly after this.

“If you don’t rotate your mattress, it can lose its shape much faster, as the weight of your body on one side or section can leave an indentation. Double-sided mattresses will also need to be turned regularly.”