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How to Store a Mattress – Tips for Safe Storage10 min read

Sep 29, 2021 7 min
How to Store a Mattress – Tips for Safe Storage

How to Store a Mattress – Tips for Safe Storage10 min read

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Many of us store our mattress and forget about it until we need to sleep on it again. However, how you store your mattress can make a big difference in how well the bed is protected from dirt and allergens. This article will teach you how to keep your mattress clean when storing it away, how to protect your mattress during storage, and what kind of materials are best for storing mattresses.

The Importance of a Proper Mattress Storage

Storing a mattress properly can help you avoid those funky odors in your home.

Long-term storage prevents the chance of mold or mildew forming on top of it, as well as keeping all its layers from getting wet and thus smelling stale thanks to limited air circulation between them when left out overnight without being covered up with something else first. You’ll also reduce the chances that an infestation will happen before long!

Proper humidity is as important for your mattress to last a long time and stay healthy, just like proper aeration does. If you’re storing it in an area with high levels of mold or mildew, then those types of colonies can ruin the integrity of any material they come into contact with – including probably yours!

Storing them well will help protect its construction from impacts that could damage it over time especially since firm/ultra-firm mattresses often have fewer layers than other models do which makes them more susceptible to outside forces.

Best Practices for Storing Mattresses

Taking preventative measures to ensure the quality of your mattress is maintained during storage can be as simple or difficult, depending on what you need it for. Practicing methods focused around cleaning thoroughly before storing; using protective layers that preserve its structural integrity and optimize safety all help with this goal!

Clean The Mattress

Clean Your Mattress Before Storing It! To remove any dust that has settled on the surface of your mattress, vacuum it using a soft brush attachment (if you do own one) otherwise use a handheld upright vacuum cleaner if possible.

Also, to remove any other kinds of stains and dirt; you can use a damp cloth to gently wipe the surface.    

This is the best way to get rid of allergens and clean your mattress at home:

  1. Remove all sheets, blankets, or pillows from the inside base so there’s nothing in contact with the surface you want cleaning. 
  2. Sprinkle baking soda over exterior surfaces (not embedded within). Let it sit for one hour then vacuum up!
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Cover Your Mattress in Protective Wrap

If you are storing your mattress for a long time, it is best to cover the surface in protective wrap. This way dust or dirt will not get on the material of your mattress while it’s being stored. Also, if there are any spills they won’t be able to reach through and leave an unsightly mark! 

Place Your Mattress in Moving Truck

When moving to a new location, it is best to place your mattress in the back of your vehicle so that there are no spills or accidents. This way you can prevent any damage from occurring and ensure that when you arrive at your destination, everything will go smoothly!

You should never strap your mattress to the top of a car or try and fit it into the backseat. In both situations, you risk damaging its inner foundation which can lead to even worse consequences such as having something flying off in traffic! Even if that doesn’t happen, there is still danger when strapping up due to too much weight on one end.

Store Your Mattress Flat

If you are planning on storing your mattress for a long period of time, it is best to lay it flat. This will help prevent any sagging or loss in how the material feels over time! It can also save you some headache later when trying to find out how much damage has occurred due to being stored incorrectly.

Clear Items Off Your Mattress

If possible, try and avoid stacking other furniture on top of your mattress as this could lead to permanent indentations that cannot be fixed. Not only that but if the box spring breaks then all your weight would be put onto one area rather than distributed evenly across both pieces as they should be. If you do make the decision to store your mattress and box spring together, make sure they are separated by a piece of plywood or something similar.

Use a Climate-Controlled Storage Unit

If you are unable to store your mattress at home, there is always the option of using a climate-controlled storage unit. This will ensure that moisture and humidity do not damage or change how your mattress feels when it comes time for use again.

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Factors To Consider Based on Mattress Type

There are different factors to consider when you’re storing a mattress based on the type of material it is made out of. For example, if your memory foam mattress has one side that’s warmer than another, then putting both pieces together in storage could result in uneven compression and damage caused by heat.

To ensure that no pressure points develop while they are stored flat, make sure there is support underneath where the middle area would lie (like plywood or something similar). This will prevent any indentations or lumps from forming over time due to how heavy you are when laying down.

How To Store a Memory Foam Mattress

To start, make sure to remove your pillows and any sheets or other pieces on the mattress. Then brush off anything that might be stuck on it by using a vacuum cleaner with an upholstery attachment (you can also use a simple broom).

Next, you’ll want to find the right type of storage bag for how long you’re planning on storing your memory foam mattress. If less than 2 weeks then there is no need to spend too much money here because thin plastic bags should do the job. However, if more like wintertime where it will be stored nearly every day during these months go consider investing in durable ones made out of canvas material that lasts longer than their counterparts. 

As we discussed in the previous section, how to store a mattress is complete. The final step now involves preventing any possible damage done by bugs or rodents as much as possible which can be accomplished either with airtight storage containers like those used in museums but if they are too expensive then heavy-duty garbage bags will work just fine so longs you seal each side and top (don’t forget tape them shut). Make sure no fresh holes appear during this period because these could allow pests inside which would ruin your memory foam! 

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How To Store a Latex Mattress

Most people misunderstand how to store latex mattresses. Unlike foam, memory, or spring mattresses which can be stored in an attic or garage (with the bags on) – it is best not to leave your latex mattress exposed for more than 24 hours at any one time. 

If you must do this then wrap it firstly with bubblewrap and secondly cover that layer of protection with polythene sheeting which has no holes. This prevents dust mites but still allows airflow. Storing latex outside should be avoided as extreme temperatures will damage its structure leaving it lumpy and uneven over time. Ensure there are no sharp objects around such as rocks etc…as these can cause tears in.

How To Store a Hybrid Mattress

Hybrid mattresses also consist of foam materials, meaning the same considerations for foam mattresses should be taken for hybrid ones. Similar to foam mattresses, it’s best to avoid upholstery cleaner and should not be stored on its side.

These mattresses also have coils that need to be rotated every few months in storage to prevent them from creating raised spots from pressure being applied to one area for too long.

How To Store a Spring Mattress    

Spring mattresses should be fluffed regularly, creating space between the coils for air to circulate. You should also turn your spring mattress over every few months so that it wears evenly – regular rotation will prolong its lifespan by preventing any one area from deteriorating faster than other areas.

When storing your spring, place it inside an appropriately sized duffle bag or polythene sheeting (with no holes). This allows airflow but prevents dust mites which love warm, dark places like beds stored in attics, etc.

How To Store a Mattress Topper

Mattress toppers should be folded in half and wrapped carefully, should be stored in a cotton fabric drawstring bag or an original box.

How to Store Big Mattresses?

Big mattresses are usually more difficult to store than smaller ones. If you have a King-sized mattress, the best way to store it is on its side and make sure no heavy things are lying across top layers. If not in use for long periods (or at all), be sure that they’re laid flat with caution so as not to damage them further by placing too much pressure from above or below.

Places Where You Should (and Shouldn’t) Store a Mattress

Some places for safe mattress storage are: A cool, dry place out of direct sunlight.

A lot of us have a garage, which can be used as a great spot to store your mattress if there is enough space and it’s kept free from moisture or humidity. However, you should avoid the following three things because they could damage your mattresses over time:

  1. Avoid heat locations such as attics that may accumulate extreme temperatures during summer months. 
  2. Avoid moisture areas like basements. 
  3. Keep away from bugs – especially termites.

Conclusion

Storing a mattress is pretty easy! Just wrap it in dense plastic or put inside a waterproof mattress encasement, and place it in a cool dry place for as long as you need. The type of mattress may require different approaches but have read this article, you’ll know how to make the most of your bed and prolong its lifespan. How are you planning to store your mattress?

Frequently Asked Questions

How long can I store a mattress?

You can keep your mattress in storage from six months to several years, depending on how it is packed and how frequently you plan to use it.

Can a mattress get bed bugs while in storage?

This is a possibility, but not very likely. If there are bed bugs in your home already, they will most likely infest the mattress you use at home instead of waiting to make their way into storage.

Can you store a mattress on its side?

Yes, but it is not recommended as this may lead to a body indentation. In addition, make sure your mattress does not lean against any wall or furniture as the weight of the item could also cause an impression over time.

What is the best way to store your mattress?

You should ideally keep your mattress in an area that is dry, cool, and dark.

Can you stack mattresses for storage?

Yes, but how you stack them is important. You should make sure that the mattresses are covered and separated from each other with a sheet or cloth of some sort to prevent potential damage.

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