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How to Store a Mattress Properly and Prevent Damage

white mattress in front of garage

Whether you need to store bedroom furniture for a short time or for a longer period, shoving the mattress into a storage unit and calling the job done won’t work. It’s important to store the mattress properly so it will be ready for use when you need it again. Here are a few tips that will help you prepare the mattress and ensure that it’s fresh, clean, and in great shape when it’s time to bring it back home.

Start with a Thorough Cleaning

Cleaning the mattress is a must. There are all sorts of dust mites in the shell and in the padding. If you have your own upholstery cleaning equipment, invest in a fluid that will lift as much of the residue from the inside as well as the outside of the mattress. Make sure that you allow time for it to dry thoroughly before moving on to the next step. If you don’t have upholstery cleaning equipment, have a professional clean the mattress. Using over the counter products may remove some residue from the shell, but those products do nothing for the inside. Many services that steam clean carpeting or clean upholstery also have the right resources to thoroughly clean a mattress.

Seal the Clean Mattress

Now that the mattress is cleaned, it’s time to think about investing in some sort of casing. You can purchase inexpensive plastic wrapping that seal with the use of tape. You want to make sure the open seam is sealed completely when wrapping your mattress so no dust or other contaminants can get inside. If you really want to make sure the mattress is sealed before placing it into storage, visit a local pharmacy and ask about the covers designed for use after eliminating a bed bug infestation. Those covers completely encompass the mattress and seal with ease. They are also tougher than the cheap plastic ones and are less likely to rip. Once you have the mattress sealed, you can move on to the next phase of the mattress storage process.

Rent a Storage Unit With Temperature and Humidity Control

One of the basics of how to store a mattress involves choosing a storage unit that provides optimum protection. Some household belongings are not harmed by changes in temperature or increases in humidity. Mattresses are not among them. What you need is a unit that comes with climate control. No matter what the weather is like outside, a unit with temperature and humidity control maintains a consistent environment all year round. There are no extremes of heat or cold to affect the materials that compose your mattress. Whether you plan on retrieving it after your new house is ready for occupation in a few months or plan on storing the mattress for a couple of years, you want it to remain undamaged and fresh. Climate control storage will go a long way toward making that happen.

Horizontal and Not Vertical

One of the more common mistakes associated with storing a mattress is leaning it against one of the storage unit’s inner walls. At no time should a mattress be stored in a vertical position. Doing so places additional stress on the springs and other parts. Even if the mattress is only stored for a few weeks, some shifting will take place and it will never be the same again. The best approach is to store the mattress in a horizontal position. If there is room to place it directly on the floor, place a tarp on the concrete and make sure the mattress is perfectly flat. When you are storing other items in the unit and need to make the best use of floor space. use storage boxes that are the same size and stack them to create a flat overhead space. After those boxes are in place, slide the mattress on top.

Nothing Gets Stacked on the Mattress

Another thing you want to remember about how to store a mattress is that you should never stack anything item on top of it. The constant weight of those other items will also damage the springs and ultimately make the mattress unfit for use. If the unit you choose is not large enough to keep everything off the mattress, that’s a sign you need a larger unit. 

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