You know you should be rotating your mattress, but how much is enough? Here's a look at the most common mattress types and how frequently you should be flipping.

By Becky Rapinchuk
July 13, 2016

The main purpose of rotating a mattress is to keep the mattress from wearing unevenly, which can affect your quality of sleep. Caring for a mattress properly is essential to keeping it like new for as long as possible. With the cost of a mattress, it's important to perform proper maintaintenance to keep it plush and comfortable. Follow the manufacturer's instructions on your mattress, but here are some basic tips to keep your mattress feeling like the day you bought it for as long as possible.

1. Innerspring Mattress

A standard innerspring mattress is a classic mattress made from identical materials on the top and bottom. An innerspring mattress is meant to be rotated and flipped. If you have one, simply flip it over and rotate end to end at least seasonally. These mattresses are hard to find, but if you have one, you can rotate and flip to keep it around a little longer.

2. Pillow-Top Innerspring Mattress

A pillow-top innerspring mattress has a puffy pillowlike padded top layer with a traditional mattress below. The pillow top prevents this mattress from being flipped, but rotating the mattress end to end with the seasons is recommended. If you find that your pillow-top mattress shows wear, rotate it every other month or as often as every month to keep it from showing signs of wear.

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3. Innerspring and Memory Foam Mattress

Hybrid mattresses are newer on the mattress market. They consist of an innerspring coil system with a memory foam or latex topper. This mattress combines two popular mattresses into one. Rotating them is essential, and it's recommended that you do that quarterly with the seasons. Simply rotate it end to end or 180 degrees. Hybrid mattresses are heavier than a traditional mattress, so have someone assist you with the rotation.

4. Memory Foam Mattress

Some memory foam mattress companies boast that their mattresses don't need to be rotated or flipped. Memory foam mattresses definitely need less rotating and/or flipping than traditional mattresses, but if you want to rotate your mattress one or two times a year, you and your mattress will benefit from this little task.

What Are You Waiting For?

Go rotate that mattress today! Regardless of your mattress type or style, a little care and rotation will keep it looking and feeling like the day you bought it. Now go have a great night's sleep.

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