1. The Most Popular Type Is Least-Liked
Innerspring mattresses are sold the most, accounting for an estimated 80% of mattress sales. But, they also have the lowest overall satisfaction ratings according to SleepLikeTheDead.com.
They find that only 63% of innerspring mattress owners report being satisfied, compared to around 80% of memory foam and latex owners and 79% of waterbed owners.
Satisfaction rate trends have remained fairly stable for awhile, although specialty mattresses like memory foam and latex are seeing continual growth into the spring market share.
2. Creepy Critters Are Sharing Your Bed
Perhaps the grossest mattress fact is that a used mattress can conceal thousands of microscopic dust mites and their excrement within fabrics and empty spaces. Although the exact amount of dust mite proliferation is debated, they are almost certainly sharing your home with you.
Dust mites exist just about anywhere there are fabrics and carpet plus animals or people, especially in more humid environments. They feed on shed skin cells, and while they don’t bite or pose disease risks, they can exacerbate allergies and asthma.
Pillows are another favorite hangout for dust mites (and skin oils and saliva) so it is suggested to replace your pillow at least every year and a half, or every six months if you are prone to allergies.
The best way to minimize dust mites is to use allergen-resistant mattress and pillow covers and wash all bedding in hot water once a week.
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3. It’s Illegal for Buying Mattress on Sunday in Washington
Although weekends are prime time for mattress shopping, one state says no go. An old, quirky law in Washington state says that it is illegal to purchase or sell a mattress on Sundays. Also banned for Sunday shoppers are televisions and meat!
The origin of the law is unknown although it was cited by many sites. However, it doesn’t appear to be strictly enforced so you shouldn’t have an issue.
4. Your Mattress Can Be Recycled
Mattresses are big and bulky and many people are unsure what to do with them when they get a new one. You could send it to a landfill where it will take up space for centuries alongside millions of other old beds, or you could recycle it.
Recycling remains growing industry and many states and organizations are pushing the development of mattress recycling to reduce waste. California, Rhode Island and Conneticut have all passed laws that will now require mattress recycling.
The springs and metal can be repurposed, wood and fibers can become a fuel source, and foams and fabrics can be recycled for use in padding and other applications.
Check Earth 911.org to see if there is a local recycling facility near you. Some facilities have community drop off points or will come pick up your bed for a small fee. You could also resell or donate a mattress that is still in decent shape.
5. Your Mattress is Go-To Spot for Thieves
We’ve all heard the adage of hiding money under the mattress, and so have burglars and thieves. One of the number one places that home robbers look for hidden money and prized possessions is under your mattress.
Not to mention, sleeping on piles of cash probably is bad for your back. Store valuables in less conspicuous places like a bank, or taped beneath shelves or behind heavy furnishings, buried outside or in potted plants, inside unvaluable storage boxes, inside clothes or coats, in an attic, etc.
6. Mattresses Used to Rest on Ropes
Before boxsprings bed and platform bed foundations came into vogue, mattresses used to be supported by cross-woven ropes stretched across wood frames.
In fact, the phrase “sleep tight” originated from this time period, when people would regularly have to tighten their bed’s ropes or risk saggy sleep. As for “don’t let the bedbugs bite”, well that one is unfortunately still applicable to today!