What to do with your old mattress

Posted on 10/01/2019 by Room to Grow
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What to do with your old mattress

In total, we spend one third of our lives on our trusty mattress, so when it begins to become tired and unsupportive a replacement is essential. Often, spotting the signs of wear and tear can be difficult, but it is recommended a brand-new mattress should be purchased every eight years. However, the majority of mattresses on offer from Room to Grow come with a 10-year manufacturers guarantee. Throughout this length of time, your mattress will have gradually lost the original support and comfort it once had. A better night’s sleep could be just a new mattress away!

Once the time does come around to bring home a new mattress, you will be left with the task of disposing of your old one. Knowing when the right time is can be just as tricky and knowing how to go about the whole process. Depending on the age and current condition, thankfully there are various options to choose from…

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Recycling schemes

Do your bit for the environment and avoid your old mattress ending up in landfill by researching the recycling scheme on offer in your area. Surprisingly, the metal springs, foam and padding can all be broken down and recycled into new forms. This is a far more sustainable alternative to taking the mattress to your local tip. Some councils will also collect directly from your home free of charge to make sure unwanted mattresses are not left in the street. Be wary that fly tipping is likely to land you with a hefty fine so make sure you dispose of it responsibly.


If your mattress has not outlived its lifespan, is still in good condition and therefore can be reused you could look into reselling. There are numerous online selling sites available allowing you to earn cash in just a few clicks. This way you can put the money you gain towards a new one!

To ensure the mattress is ready for a new owner, vacuum clean using an upholstery brush to remove any dust that has gathered over the years. Baking soda and essential oils will add a fresh scent too.


A mattress that is clean, still fit for use and has the fire label intact can also be donated to charity. Again, this will prevent it reaching landfill and will help someone in need of your unwanted goods.  Room to Grow are proud to be partnered with The British Heart Foundation for all unwanted furniture, and the team also offer a great free service to collect your old mattress, if you’re wanting to get involved in the scheme. The funds raised will be used to continue their vital pioneering work.

As well as donating to such a worthy cause, this option will also save your purse strings too as there will be no need to fork out for council collection fees along with no heavy lifting required.  What better way to dispose of your mattress?

Make sure to test your mattress and consider whether it’s time for a change. Here at RTG, we stock a great range of children’s mattresses at fantastic prices.  If you’re still unsure how and when you may want to go about replacing your mattress, The Sleep Council have created a fantastic video, which you can check out below.

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