We were recently denied a claim for replacement on a 5-year-old pillow top mattress. They said there was not enough sag. The foam in the pillow top is lumping or breaking down. Is there a way to go to a plush mattress by using the existing warranty?

The owner of the mattress is on a fixed income and is disabled in a wheelchair - an aide assists to and from the bed.

asked Oct 04 '13
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If the mattress is only five years old, it is more than likely a one-sided product using some sort of a minimal flex foundation, so flipping the mattress and adding plywood underneath it unfortunately probably won't be viable options. The frequent rotation from head to foot is a good suggestion. Most innerspring brands allow up to 1.5" of body impression until the item is considered defective. If the measurements were very close to that tolerance, and you've exhausted your options with your local retailer, consider contacting the licensee that produced the mattress and politely state your case. Their name and address should be listed on the law tag sewn into the tape edge of the mattress. Perhaps there is an issue with the quality of the pillowtop construction with the inner flanges not being properly secured, allowing the foam to travel too much in the quilt. The licensee may allow for a one-time accommodation for you. It certainly doesn't hurt to ask. With that being said, if you do qualify for an accommodation, you may wish to avoid the brand with which you're having the bad luck, as many plush mattresses within the same product line will use the same foams found in the pillowtop version of the same mattress. Your retailer can provide that information for you. Good luck.

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If you can get the warranty approved, they will likely be able to offer a selection of replacements instead of just sending out the same exact mattress. In the mean time, if you haven't already, rotate the mattress around so new/different foam is being utilized while in use.

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I don't like any of the above answers. Damn the fine print in useless 20 year warranties. That's what I say. Your not as screwed as you think. If you have some bowling balls or fire safes or an old anvil just put them onto the mattress for a week or so and don't remove them till the inspector rings the door bell again. Ask him politely to wait just a minute (while you scramble to shove all the weight into your closet) and let him measure it now!

answered Oct 04 '13
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Michael's solution works well when you're expecting an inspector. However, if you've just had an inspection, you won't be allowed another for 6 months.

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This strategy is only 99.9% dishonest. If you do your homework on the retailer you buy from, a mattress sagging but not meeting the requirements for warranty does not get denied. A truly good retailer will have options and offer to help the customer more than this poster has likely received. I guess since your retailer is not helping you out, the .01% may apply and you can swindle them back.

(Oct 07 '13) Andrew Schle... ♦ Andrew Schlesser's gravatar image

I would try rotating from head to foot first and if that doesn't work, then I would flip the mattress over and sleep on the reverse side of the mattress. You can add blankets for comfort.

You could also try to put some Columbia brand, formaldehyde free plywood cut to the size you need from Home Depot, put that under the mattress to try and firm it up. Good luck, I hope one of these things works for him.

answered Oct 04 '13
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Flipping the mattress over is an option. But for comfort, add a 2" soft Latex Topper. http://www.themattressexpert.com/all-about-latex.html You will need authorization to exchange to get a plush non-pillowtop mattress.

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