In short, no. You should not flip a memory foam mattress. However, that’s not to say they’re totally maintenance free – all mattresses benefit from a little TLC from time to time to prolong their lifespan. You just need to know what’s right for your type of mattress.
That’s why we’ve created some advice on which mattresses should be flipped and how to care for your memory foam.
Can A Memory Foam Mattress Be Flipped?
Although certain types of mattresses can be flipped, memory foam mattresses cannot. In fact, they are designed to be ‘no-turn’ mattresses. So turning it is a really big no no. Memory foam mattresses are multi-layer foam designs, with soft memory foam top layer and more durable and supportive base foam on the bottom. Flipping it would invalidate the features and benefits of the foam design – and it wouldn’t be very comfy either.
Flipping Your Innerspring Mattress
If you own a traditional mattress, such as an innerspring or box spring it may be necessary to flip or rotate your mattress occasionally. If the mattress is labelled as double-sided, then it’s fine to flip.
How Often Should You Flip Your Mattress?
If you own a double-sided mattress, it’s best to flip it about twice a year and rotate it every three months or so.
A good time to do so is when you’re changing the sheets or doing a spring clean.
Can I Flip My Hybrid Mattress?
Usually it’s not a good idea to flip a hybrid mattress, especially if it contains a soft memory foam pillow top. Flipping hybrid mattresses with a pocket sprung base and a memory foam top will inverse the design so you won’t feel the benefits.
Should I Rotate My Memory Foam Mattress?
Yes, you should periodically rotate your memory foam mattress head-to-foot. By rotating your mattress 180 degrees every few months, you’ll ensure the mattress wears evenly and prolong its lifespan.
Caring For Your Memory Foam Mattress
Memory foam mattresses are pretty low maintenance, however there are a few other keys things you can do to help keep your mattress in the best condition. As mentioned above, regular rotation head-to-foot will help your memory foam mattress wear evenly. You can also:
Use a Mattress Cover
A mattress cover helps to protect your mattress and keep it clean. All of our memory foam mattresses come complete with removable mattress covers which can be quickly removed with the zip fastening and machine washed at 40 degrees. Our mattress covers have the additional benefit of smart fabric temperature control. So, if you often feel too hot or cold during the night, this could be the perfect solution.
You can hoover your memory foam mattress to clean away dust and hair. Simply run the vacuum up and down the mattress using the soft brush attachment. Or take a look at our mattress cleaning guide for more detailed advice.
Choose the Right Bed Base
You’ve invested a lot of time and money in your new memory foam mattress – so make sure it’s lying on a supportive bed base! Broken slats or damaged supports could result in a dipping mattress. We have plenty of options if you're keen to find a more suitable bed frame.
Air It Out
Allowing your mattress to breathe is extremely important in keeping your mattress in the best condition. When you get up in the morning, pull your bed covers back and leave your bed unmade – this allows the mattress and your bedding to breathe, evaporating any moisture that has been collected throughout the night.
So, while you aren’t advised to flip your memory foam mattress, there are a few things you can do to prolong its lifespan.
Choosing the Right Mattress
Need some help choosing a mattress? We’ve got some great resources at our fingertips to help you make that all-important decision and get a great night’s sleep.
Check out our mattress buying guide for information on everything from mattress type to size and memory foam density.
When you’re ready to go, start browsing our collection of memory foam mattresses to find the perfect one for you!
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