Is It Healthy To Buy A Used Mattress? (2018)

February 21, 2018

Should you buy a second-hand mattress? Or should you pass down your old mattress to someone you love? Is it healthy?


You should think twice before buying or inheriting a 'great looking' second-hand used mattress for many health reasons! 

A mattress is something very personal... Your mattress is your constant night-time support and a place where you will spend up to 1/3 of your life. Most people understand that sleep has a strong influence on both physical health and mental health. That is why it is important to ensure you are sleeping healthily.  


A microscopic view of the “guts” of a second-hand mattress is enlightening, to say the least, and will help us make the best possible choice the next time we decide to change our old mattress. Here is a picture of just a few of the many living things you can find inside a mattress, a dust mite. There can be anywhere between 100,000 to 10 million mites inside a used mattress,

Here are ten scientific facts you should know before deciding to sleep on a “used mattress”:


1. Every person loses an average of 250ml of perspiration every night. If you share your mattress with someone, this increases to around 500ml. Even if the mattress is only five years old, this is equivalent to 900 litres of personal fluids


2. On average the human body during a period of 24 hours loses almost a million skin cells. 


3. By the age of 70, the average person will have lost 50kg of skin, (a large portion ends up in our mattresses).


4. Dust mites are microscopic spiders that live in our houses. The main component of dust is shed skin flakes, which is the mite’s preferred food. Areas around the home that are heavily used, such as beds and furniture, will have much higher mite populations than the rest of the house.


5. Dust mites don’t bite. Their bodies, secretions, and faeces contain particular proteins that can trigger allergic symptoms in susceptible people. Old mattresses may contain several kilograms of dust mite excrement and dust mite carcasses.


6. 1 in 9  Australians suffer from asthma that's around 2,5 million.


7. Dust mite secretions and excrement are closely related to asthma and eczema.


8. Old mattresses, pillows, and quilts also contain high amounts of bacteria and fungi.


9. A by-product of bacteria is called an endotoxin, which can bring on asthma attacks. Old pillows and mattresses also may contain millions of fungi spores.


10. One way to effectively reduce the amount of dust mites,  excrement, bacteria, and fungi is to sleep on a mattress where the covers can be washed with detergent in water close to 60 degrees Celsius. However, products with SilverMed® fibres used have anti-bacterial and germ inhibiting effects.


In summary, a used mattress is a serious health hazard. To buy one through ignorance is regrettable, and to sell one or give one away is irresponsible.


Here at Wenatex The Sleep System we offer a range of Wenatex SilverMed® products that will ensure you are sleeping hygienically and healthy. We also conduct sleep consultations tailored to each individual to help you get the best sleep you deserve. Contact us today to find out more. Contact Us.


This article is for information only. For health advice specific to you, please consult your Health Professional.