Last article, we discussed how to move your mattress. But do you know what to do if you don’t plan on using your mattress after moving? In this article, we’ll talk about how to store a mattress. While it may seem as simple as putting it in your garage or storage unit, there are other things to consider. So before you stash your old mattress, check out these helpful tips.
What to Do if You Don’t Plan on Using Your Mattress After Moving
Clean Your Mattress
First, you’ll want to make sure your mattress is clean and dry. A dirty mattress can accumulate mold, fungus, and dirt if you store it incorrectly. Start by vacuuming the mattress on both sides. You may also want to consider sprinkling baking soda or upholstery cleaner as well. However, you should check to make sure this is safe for your mattress first. If you decide to use baking soda, you’ll need to vacuum again to remove it afterward. In addition, a steam cleaner is an effective way to apply upholstery cleaner due to its ability to kill allergens. After you’ve thoroughly cleaned your mattress, let it air out outside to dry for a few hours. When you do finally use your mattress again, be sure to add a mattress protector to keep it clean.
Wrap In A Mattress Storage Bag
Once your mattress is completely dry, it’s time to seal it in a mattress storage bag. You can find a mattress storage bag at most hardware stores, and they’re usually less than $20. Mattress storage bags are great for keeping out dirt, dust and moisture. When it comes to these mattress covers for storage, it’s a good idea to get a high quality one with no holes are tears. If you don’t want to get a mattress cover for storage, you can also wrap your mattress in plastic. Make sure you seal your mattress tightly using packing tape. Furthermore, avoid using thick plastic as this is more likely to trap in moisture. If possible, it’s also a good idea to open the plastic wrapping every few months to let it air out.
Lay Your Mattress Flat
The best position to store your mattress is flat on the ground. By laying your mattress flat, you’ll keep the integrity of the mattress intact. Storing your mattress on its side can cause the coils and springs to shift and the mattress to sag. However, you should never place items on top of your mattress. Certain objects can tear the cushioning or damage the springs. We know this can be super inconvenient, as your mattress takes up a lot of space. If you’re also storing large boxes or flat furniture, you can try laying your mattress on top of them. Just make sure it’s steady.
Find The Right Storage Unit
Where you store your mattress is just as important as how you store it. It’s best to store it in a climate-controlled environment if possible. Climate-controlled storage units usually cost more than traditional units but can be worth the additional cost. Storing your mattress in a climate-controlled unit will help make sure your space stays cool during summer and has heat in the winter. Protecting your mattress from severe temperature changes can elongate the life of your mattress and make sure it doesn’t get ruined. In addition, you should avoid damp basements, storage sheds, or storing your mattress outside. Dampness or humidity can lead to mold and bacteria growing inside your mattress. Gross. If you must store your mattress in a non-climate-controlled space, it may be worth investing in a portable dehumidifier. This will help pump some of the moisture out of the room.
Consider The Age
Storing your mattress in a storage unit usually costs a monthly fee. Consider the age of your mattress and the amount of time you’ll be storing it. If your mattress is eight years old or older, it may not be worth keeping. Visit your local Sit ‘n Sleep and speak with one of our Sleep Consultants to explore your options. With our wide variety of mattresses, you may just want to buy a new one when the time is right.