How Long Does a Memory Foam Mattress Topper Last?

A mattress topper is a bedding item designed to be used on the top of your mattress to provide extra comfort and support, improve cleanliness, and prolong the lifespan of a mattress.

Toppers can be made from various materials such as memory foam, latex, down, etc. and there are many different designs and structures that can suit different needs and sleep preferences.

Your topper should improve the support for your entire body and complement any sleeping position. It should also act like an extra cushion for your entire body, especially memory foam mattress topper and allow you to sink into it to prevent the appearance of pressure points and provide you with the peaceful and restful sleep every night.

However, if it causes you to wake up in pain or felling more tired than ever, then it may be that your mattress topper is getting old and that you should get the new one.

Read our article and learn more about memory foam mattress toppers as well as when and why you should replace them.

How Long Does a Memory Foam Mattress Topper Last?

You would think that memory foam mattress toppers can last as long as the beds made of the same material, but this is not the case.

The average lifespan of mattress toppers, including those made entirely of memory foam, is 3 to 5 years. This is only the case with high-quality mattress toppers, whereas those made of cheap materials will only last a year or two.

The longevity of a memory foam mattress topper will depend on other factors as well such as the weight being put on it, frequency of use, the thickness of the topper, the condition of your mattress, and how well the topper is maintained.

Overweight

Heavier people may speed up the process by adding extra pressure to the memory foam topper. Memory foam mattresses usually contain a highly resilient core and high density base that make the top memory foam layers more durable, but the topper doesn’t have this.

Extra weight can also cause the open cells to crumble quicker than they would do under an average person.

Thickness

The thicker the topper, the longer it will last. Thinner toppers usually wear out quicker, while the thick memory foam will last longer as it takes longer to break down over time, and it will also provide greater comfort.

The Condition of Your Mattress

As toppers are generally laid over an existing mattress, if the mattress underneath is old and in a poor condition; if it is already worn out and sagging in places, your memory foam topper will simply follow that contour and make the sage even more pronounced due to its soft and contouring nature. This will eventually ruin your mattress topper.

If your mattress looks like new, but you still experience pain while sleeping, even with the new memory foam mattress topper placed on top, then you still may need to replace the mattress.

If your mattress is over 7 years old then it’s time for a new one, even if it doesn’t show any signs of a long use such as cracks, sagging, protruding wires, etc. because, like we have already mentioned, an old and uncomfortable mattress will decrease the comfort of your memory foam mattress topper and shorten its lifespan.

Frequency of Use

Memory foam mattress toppers in guest bedrooms will last significantly longer than those used every night.

The reason why toppers don’t last so long in bedrooms is because they are used a lot more than toppers in guest bedrooms. Spending 6 to 8 hours a night on them each night puts a lot of pressure on them which is why they wear out faster than those mattress toppers used on beds in guest rooms.

Maintaining Your Mattress Topper

Memory foam may be difficult to clean and maintain, but there are ways how you can clean them and prolong their lifespan.

You should clean them at least once or twice a year by vacuuming them, spraying them with water and detergent solution, washing them, spot cleaning or using topper covers and washing these regularly.

Well maintained memory foam mattress toppers will last longer and serve your better than those that are not maintained at all.

If you avoid cleaning your topper, stains from food or drinks, pet urine, dust and accumulated debris and odor will eventually ruin your topper and render it useless.

 

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