Storing a Mattress in a few Simple Steps
Mattresses are an investment, one from which you can get more than a decade of use with the proper care and maintenance. There are many reasons you might put your mattress in self-storage. We hope you find these helpful tips on how to store a mattress properly while being stored.
Clean your mattress by vacuuming, using cleaner, and air drying.
Putting a dirty mattress into storage can result in mold, fungus, or at the very least a dirty mattress coming out of storage. Follow a few steps for a clean, ready-to-use mattress.
- Vacuum the mattress thoroughly.
- Use upholstery cleaner or baking soda.
- Place the mattress outside to air out and dry.
- Use a covered moving truck to transport to storage.
Transporting your mattress to storage
What about keeping your mattress protected during the move? It’s safest to shield the bed from filth and damage with blankets, sheets, or other fabric inside your moving vehicle—preferably a covered moving truck. Tying a mattress to your car with bungee cords can be a risk to you and other drivers as well as the structural integrity of the mattress. Plus, you never know when unfavorable weather conditions might strike on moving day!
Wrap your mattress in a mattress storage bag or plastic.
If you have to store your mattress in a garage or storage unit, keep it covered to protect not only against dirt and dust, but also moisture. Mattress storage bags are available in our office. Make sure your mattress is dry before wrapping.
In addition, it’s best to store your mattress in a climate-controlled environment. Avoid basements, outdoor storage, and storage sheds. If you live in an area with high humidity, storing a mattress in a non-temperature-controlled unit can lead to mold and bacteria breeding inside and on the mattress. Not only will your mattress smell like gym socks, but it could also be a health hazard. We can help with the perfect storage solution for you.
Store mattress flat clear of items to protect the springs.
If you have the space to store the mattress flat, manufacturers recommend this for keeping it in good shape. It may be more convenient to store your mattress standing, but when it’s stored upright, the coils and springs can shift and cause the mattress fabric to sag. Lay a piece of plastic or tarp down on the floor before placing the mattress on top.
Freshen up your mattress.
If, despite your efforts, the mattress comes out of storage smelling a little musty, not to worry. Here’s how to freshen it up:
- Sprinkle baking soda on each side to absorb the smell.
- After 10 minutes, vacuum the entire mattress.
- Spray the mattress with a natural deodorizing spray and allow it to air-dry completely.
- To ensure it has time to air out, remove the mattress from storage at least 24 hours before you need to use it.
Remember, the well-being of your mattress in storage, in part, depends on how well you store the surrounding items. Check out our blog for more moving and packing tips. Give us a call today, we can help you choose the right space to suit your storage needs.