The look on people’s faces when I tell them they need to let their new memory foam mattress inflate for at least 48 hours before sleeping on it. It’s like I’m letting them down by telling them this.
Many people ask me what will happen if they don’t let their new mattress inflate or air out for 48 hours? To be honest, not much. Many of the modern memory foam mattresses won’t get damaged or even matter if you sleep on your new mattress the same night you get it.
For most new mattresses that come rolled up, it can take anywhere from 2 to 8 hours for it to expand to 90% of its correct size. Some mattresses can take up to 48 hours to get to 100% and others can get to 100% quicker than that. How fast it expands depends on the material it’s made of and how long it has been rolled up.
You will get better life out of your new mattress if you do let it inflate fully for 2 days. Giving up 2 days could add years to your new mattress which makes those two days seem minuscule. Also, adding a Mattress Protector like this one can help keep your new mattress safe from stains and other fluids!
If you’re like me you want to sleep on the new mattress right away so what do you do? Well, let me tell you what you can do.
Note: After doing research on many different memory foam mattresses I’ve noticed that people who place their memory foam mattresses on Platform Bed Frames had fewer issues with comfort and longevity. I highly recommend getting a Platform Bed Frame if you have a memory foam mattress.
Most foam mattresses that get delivered to your door come compressed in a box. The foam has been stuck in position for a couple of days if not weeks. So one little trick I like to do is lay the mattress out on the floor and let it inflate for 2 to 4 hours.
Then I lay down on it, and I just roll around. The trick is not to keep in one spot for too long. Just keep moving around to fluff the foam and get it active again. Plus your body heat will help to loosen it up too.
Don’t do this for too long, only for a few minutes. Then allow the mattress to inflate some more before going to sleep on it.
Tip: Don’t forget to pick up a Mattress Protector for your new mattress. A Mattress Protector will help prolong the life of your new mattress and keeps liquids away. The latest Mattress Protectors feel like a bed sheet and don’t sound or feel like plastic.
Another way to fluff up the foam mattress to make it to the correct height is to simply vacuum it. Use the wide brush on the hose to vacuum the mattress. Never place the whole vacuum on the mattress to vacuum it.
You can even get mattress vacuums that are made for cleaning beds. It’s a smart idea to have one since they’re so useful when it comes to cleaning a mattress and they make it so much easier too.
The vacuum will help to pull the mattress out to make it expand a little bit more. Avoid damaging the protector that some foam mattress comes with.
Push The Sides
Another trick I like to do is with the help of someone else you each push on the opposite side of the mattress. You want to bunch of the mattress without it getting a fold in it. So you each push at the same time to fluff the memory foam mattress up.
It’s important you have someone or something to push against when you do this. This will help to inflate the foam to its correct size.
Still No Luck
If you tried all the options above and after a week the mattress has not inflated to the correct size then the only thing that is left to do is to send it back. It shouldn’t take a week or two for a foam mattress to inflate the correct size.
If the mattress is 2 inches off then something is not right and you need to contact who you bought it from and see what you should do next. Sometimes you get a mattress that is not a winner and just needs to be returned. This stuff happens.
Recommend: If you do return your mattress and want a new one then I would recommend looking at the Zinus 12 Inch Gel-Infused Green Tea Memory Foam Mattress. It’s a wonderful mattress and is priced very well if you ask me. Also, a lot of the reviews really love this mattress!