How do you store a mattress?
Mattresses are so damn huge, it’s a real struggle to both pack and find room for them.
Stay put as our expert team goes over the essential steps and shows you how to store a mattress simply and efficiently!
Let’s start by removing all bedding, including mattress toppers, pads, sheets, pillows, or anything that may get in the way. Once there’s nothing but the actual mattress, follow the steps below.
Let your mattress air out for a few hours before you start cleaning it. Then, set it upright and use the vacuum cleaner to clean it on both sides. For a squeaky clean mattress, you can also sprinkle baking soda and let it soak in for some time to remove any odours.
If you can’t find baking soda at your home at the moment, upholstery cleaners or a mix of lemon and vinegar could come in handy.
Once you’ve cleaned your mattress thoroughly, use a protective wrap to ensure it stays clean and doesn’t get damaged while it’s in storage. Fold the open ends of the wrap on the rear side, and then close them with packing tape to make sure they don’t open.
The best way to store a mattress is by using a mattress bag. These are specifically designed bags that come in all standard mattress sizes. They often have zippers and handles too, which makes carrying easier. You can find them in hardware stores or online markets such as eBay for no more than £15.
The most important factors to consider when looking for storage for a mattress are temperature and moisture.
If there is moisture in mattress storage facilities, this can be extremely bad for any type of furniture, especially mattresses. You should look for a facility that can assure the absence of moisture.
Since drastic temperature changes can significantly damage your mattress, you should find a climate-controlled facility to store it.
However, if you find it too expensive, you can always store the mattress in a garage or basement. Just make sure to at least buy a dehumidifier so no moisture will come near it.
Remember to use a covered vehicle and avoid placing the mattress on the top. If the mattress moves around too much, it might get damaged or even fall off.
Your mattress can grind off the walls and floors of the moving truck during transportation. To avoid this, you can cover the mattress with cardboard covers, so it doesn’t suffer any damage at all.
When you get to the storage facility, make sure to lay out the mattress flat. Storing a mattress upright for a long time can damage its springs and cushions and cause fatal modifications to the mattress.
Try not to put anything on top of it. Mattresses are quite fragile, and heavy objects can cause sagging. However, you can put the mattress on top of other things to efficiently use up the space.
You should repeat the whole process when it’s time to retrieve the mattress from the storage unit. Go over the same steps and carefully transfer your mattress to a new destination.
Now that we’ve covered the basics, let’s take a look at some tips on storing different types of mattresses and the various precautions they need:
Memory foam mattresses are probably the most fragile of all, and they require special care. This means no upholstery cleaners and no additional weight on top of them when you store them.
However, they do allow rolling, whereas most mattresses can’t be rolled or folded. Make sure to roll your memory foam mattress to store it easily.
Hybrid mattresses also contain foam, so they need special handling. Don’t use upholstery cleaners, and avoid placing other objects on top of them. Mattress storage bags are also a must when it comes to hybrid mattresses.
Hybrid mattresses have unique coils which can create raised spots. To prevent this, you should rotate your mattress every now and then.
The biggest concern with latex mattresses is their weight. Because they’re heavier than others, they can collapse to one side more easily.
While other types can handle being stored sideways (although not recommended), this one needs to be stored flat to avoid sagging.
If you have a spring mattress, you’ll be pleased to hear they’re much more flexible to deal with. However, they tend to wear out faster than other types of mattresses.
The best way to preserve your mattress in storage and prevent any damage is to avoid bending or folding it. You could also remove any objects from the spring mattress in the storage unit and make room for it to fit laid out flat.
Storing a mattress topper is different. They don’t take up much space and can be rolled or folded, so they’re much more flexible. You can use the bag that came with the mattress topper to store it, but consider adding a layer of protective wrap to secure the topper even further.
Finally, make sure to find a temperature-controlled storage unit to preserve the life expectancy of your mattress topper.
Storing mattresses is a hell of an annoying job, but we hope we made it a tad easier. Make sure to keep following our guide on how to store a mattress for a quick, efficient, and hassle-free storage experience!
Some mattresses can handle being stored upright for a longer time. However, an upright position doesn’t let the mattress mimic its natural positions, which can damage the product.
Is it OK to store a mattress in the attic?
It’s not a great idea. But, if you can provide the right conditions (i.e., clean the attic and place a dehumidifier), you can make do. Make sure to read up some instructions on how to store a mattress based on its type to see if it can handle an attic.
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