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Old mattresses can be a health hazard because they can harbor a variety of allergens, dust mites, bed bugs, and other microorganisms that can trigger allergic reactions, respiratory problems, and other health issues. Over time, mattresses can accumulate sweat, dead skin cells, and other bodily fluids, creating a breeding ground for bacteria and fungi.
Additionally, old mattresses can lose their shape and support, which can cause discomfort and potentially lead to back pain or other musculoskeletal problems. They can also contain harmful chemicals such as flame retardants or volatile organic compounds (VOCs), which can emit toxic fumes that can cause health problems.
The lifespan of a mattress varies depending on the type, quality, and how it’s maintained. Generally, a good-quality mattress can last between 7-10 years with proper care and maintenance. It’s important to replace an old mattress once it starts to lose its shape and support or if it becomes stained, smelly, or infested with pests. This can help prevent potential health hazards associated with an old, worn-out mattress.