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Sleep Special: When To Replace Your Bedding

It’s probably a lot sooner than you think!

Hands up who hasn’t bought a new duvet in years?  I know I haven’t.  And as for your mattress – well, they just seem to last forever, right?  Wrong!  Here’s exactly when you should replace your bedding.  Warning!  Some of this may shock you!

Mattress – 10 Years

Dormeo Memory Foam Aloe Vera Deluxe Mattress, €449.00 to €599.00
Dormeo Memory Foam Aloe Vera Deluxe Mattress, €449.00 to €599.00

Do you even remember the last time you got a new mattress?  If it’s been more than 10 years, then you should probably go mattress shopping.  In fact, this is the longest shelf-life of a mattress.  Studies say that if your mattress is latex, then you’ll only get eight years out of it, for memory foam it’s seven, and for spring-based, it’s even less!

Pillows – Two to Three Years

eve Memory Foam Pillow, €80.00
eve Memory Foam Pillow, €80.00

Yes, really!  I mean think about it, it’s where you lay your head.  Oils from our face and scalp, as well as hairs and body moisture are absorbed by your pillow, creating the perfect breeding ground for allergens and bacteria.  Pretty gross when you put it that way.  New pillows?  Add to cart immediately!

Sheets – Two Years

Hotel Collection Luxury 400 Thread Count Soft Touch Sateen Extra Deep Fitted Sheet, €27.00 to €49.00
Hotel Collection Luxury 400 Thread Count Soft Touch Sateen Extra Deep Fitted Sheet, €27.00 to €49.00

I think it’s fair to say that most people will replace their sheets after two years, depending of course on how much you spent on them.  Naturally, more expensive sheets are better quality, and will withstand general washing and drying easier than cheaper sheets.  And while this isn’t necessarily a hygiene thing, if you want an optimal night’s sleep, then replacing your sheets every two years will offer maximum comfort.

Duvets – Five to Ten Years

Hotel Collection Ultimate Luxury All Seasons Mulberry Silk Duvet, €175.00 to €229.00
Hotel Collection Ultimate Luxury All Seasons Mulberry Silk Duvet, €175.00 to €229.00

I know, I know, there’s a big difference between five and 10 years!  But bare with me.  Duvets, because they’re not forced to carry the weight of a pillow or mattress, will last you much longer.  Again, similarly to sheets, a good quality duvet will last you 10 years, if not longer.  And you’ll get even longer out of your duvets if you switch between a summer and winter duvet, as you’re using each for less than a year.  Realistically, once your duvet starts to feel limp, there’s a good chance you’re in need of a new one.

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Fiona Hyland

Fiona loves nothing more than discovering new cities, brunch on Sundays, and a good documentary. If you don't find her cooking up a storm in the kitchen, you'll find her in an interiors store, feeding her very real blanket addiction.

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