April 2019

How Long Should A Natural Fibre Mattress Last?

Opting for Natural Fibres over any synthetic, man-made alternatives can be hugely beneficial, especially if you want to reduce the use of petrochemical and plastic-based products. With the recent movement towards #plasticfree there’s more demand for Natural fibres. These sustainable fibres are carefully processed so they don’t contain any harsh chemicals or dyes – all of which makes them an ideal mattress material.

Natural Fibre mattresses are a perfect choice if you want to create the most harmonious sleeping environment, but how long should this comforting and soothing sleep experience last? Are they worth the investment and how do they compare with cheap counterpart beds?

Long lasting comfort

The good news is that a Natural Fibre mattress can last far longer than any other synthetic mattress fibres, which can be around 7 years or more. They can be crafted using a variety of designs and construction techniques and when paired up with a Natural calico encased pocket springs will far outlast the boxed, rolled foam mattresses that the market has been flooded with recently. The issue with these kinds of mattresses has been detailed in this article, so if you want to avoid night sweats and unnecessary dips and sags then a Natural fibre mattress is your go to choice.

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Of course the life-span of a Natural Fibre mattress can be affected by proper care and maintenance. Any failure to properly look after your mattress will, unfortunately, result in it not lasting as long as it should. The good news is mattress care is super easy and shouldn’t take longer than 10 minutes a month.

Mattress maintenance matters

Mattresses can become dirty, start suffering from inconsistencies, and even develop mould without proper maintenance. One of the best ways to ensure longevity with your mattress is to start turning and rotating it once a month, as this will even out any wear. If you’ve opted for a one sided boxed mattress you can’t turn it which can lead to quicker settlement. This will help you to avoid constantly using just one side of it, and therefore it will end up lasting far longer.


Rotating the mattress refers to the action of spinning it like the hands of a clock, so that the head of the bed becomes the foot, and vice-versa. We are all creatures of habit, which can mean that we tend to sleep in the same position each and every night. Doing this can result in one area of the mattress getting more wear and compression than the rest.

This doesn’t mean the mattress has failed, it’s just a natural thing to happen when the same parts are used by you or your partner constantly. To stop this largely aesthetic problem from getting worse, regularly turning and rotating your mattress should do the trick.


This can occur when moisture is allowed to sit on the mattress in a high humidity environment and were little to no maintenance has taken place. Fortunately, the risk of mould mainly occurs with synthetic non-breathable fibres found in cheaper mattresses. These fibres allow moisture to sit and attract mould.

Natural Fibres, on the other hand, are extremely high-wicking and absorbent, meaning their very makeup helps which away moisture problems resulting in a longer mattress lifespan.


Even with the superior build quality and materials of a Natural Fibre mattress, we still recommend using a mattress protector or topper. You can either opt for a simple protector that can be washed with the linen in order to protect the mattress or if you’re after a softer feel, you could go for a thicker topper.

The benefit of these protectors and toppers are that they can be removed, washed or disposed of if necessary after periods of wear. They can help keep your Natural Fibre mattress secure and extend its lifespan even further. Keep in mind that all fibres will settle over time, and you need to share this settlement out across the entire sleep surface. Regularly rotating and turning your topper can help prevent this.

So how long will a Pocket Sprung Mattress Last?

If you look after your two-sided Natural fibre Pocket Spring mattress like the details above you can expect it to last in excess of the industry average of 7 years, even in the region of 10 plus years in some cases. This is on the provision that your body weight doesn’t change drastically and you have your mattress on a suitable base. The ability to turn and rotate your mattress is a key metric in the lifespan of a mattress. A one-sided mattress can only be expected to last half the time given the fact you can’t turn it.

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Natural Fibre mattresses are built to last, but by sticking to regular maintenance you’ll ensure your mattress stays in as good a shape as possible, for as long as possible. As well as turning and rotating so that wear is evened out across the mattress, it also goes without saying that any spills or liquids need to be cleaned quickly, in order to prevent damage to any internal components.
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