Why You Must Avoid Buying an Old or Used Mattress

If you are looking for a mattress to help you sleep soundly at night, never choose an old or used one. You may be wondering that if you can buy a used car, why not a used mattress. That is because old bedding material is infested with allergens and dust mites that cause ailments. You will not be able to get a good night’s sleep if you buy a used mattress.

According to an article published on HuffPost, an old mattress made of polyurethane foam contains surfactants, catalysts, toluene, formaldehyde, and benzene. These harmful elements lead to many health problems if you keep using such a mattress for many years. The major side effects are coughing, asthma, mucous membrane irritation, breathlessness, coughing, nausea, and fatigue. Therefore, you need to buy a new mattress that keeps you healthy. Here are some reasons why you must avoid buying an old mattress.

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It’s impossible to judge the quality of an old mattress

When you buy a used mattress, you never know what the inside materials are. Parts of the materials become damaged over the years. This includes the foam, springs, and any wear and tear inside that may not be easily discernible. Body fluids and oils, including spills, make the mattress unhygienic and unfit for use. The materials may be in poor shape and lead to back, neck, and shoulder pain if you choose to buy a used mattress.

Sleep is essential for healthy living. According to eminent researchers, the brain sleep switch was discovered some two decades ago. This means that you need to buy a quality mattress that makes the nerve cells that have been discovered work and help you sleep throughout the night.

Sleep is essential for healthy living. (Image: via pixabay / CC0 1.0)
Sleep is essential for healthy living. (Image: via pixabay / CC0 1.0)

You are in the dark about the maintenance of an old mattress

Bed bugs, dust mites, pet dander, moisture, and oils are some of the contaminants present in a used mattress. These are only a few to of the possible contaminants that may be present. These allergens may lead to severe health hazards if you buy old bedding materials. Even if the mattress looks new, you do not know how well the mattress has been maintained. Moreover, you cannot clean, wash, or sanitize an old mattress. The allergens present in the foam may keep you and your family awake. The pollutants are also difficult to remove. The risks are more if you have kids in the house. Children are more susceptible to allergies and illness. Therefore, never buy an old mattress.

New mattresses have improved technology

A new mattress is manufactured using new technology. Then, why opt for an old mattress that is infested with bugs and dust mites? The new, innovative mattress technology helps in the production of materials that induce sleep. You can sleep soundly and new mattresses are eco-friendly as well. It means they are free of toxic materials. Today, mattresses come with cooling technology to help you sleep better. You will not toss and turn on your bed all night, making you feel tired and exhausted the next morning. When you invest in a new mattress, you get comfort, cleanliness, hygiene, and extended use.


Now that you know why old mattresses are bad for your health, buy a new one. Make an informed decision and keep your family healthy.

Written by Silvia Watson

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