There are many reasons why you may be looking to store a mattress. You may have relocated to a smaller place and need to keep some furniture away for a while or perhaps you’ve purchased a new bed and decided your dear old mattress friend will be better off in storage. No matter the reason, follow these four tips on how to store a mattress to keep them well maintained.
Tip 1: Clean It!
According to Lisa Appel from Green Cleaning Systems Inc., professional mattress cleaning before storage is an excellent idea to remove any dust, dirt, stains and/or odors that are already there.
“The pros have vacuuming equipment that works better than most home vacuum cleaners, and low moisture cleaning methods can have your mattress ready in no time,” says Appel.
And she emphasizes to make sure you have it cleaned at least a day before you plan to store it. The last thing you want is to store away a damp mattress.
Tip 2: Cover it!
Covering a mattress when you plan to store it for a long period of time is crucial in order to avoid any damage from exposure to the elements.
If it’s resting on a concrete floor, any sliding or movement could easily scuff and damage an uncovered mattress. You can use materials such as plastic wrap or bags to cover it, or you may purchase a mattress bag to better protect it from scuffs and moisture.
Furniture stores may provide you with an extra sack when buying a mattress or you can check home supply stores to find large mattress bags for sale.
Tip 3: Lay it Down!
People often place mattresses on their side when storing them to save space. And while most are fine to rest this way, Scott Lewis, Vice President of Children’s Products, LLC, says it’s best to lay them flat.
“I recommend self-storage clients find a way to lay their mattresses flat on the ground or flat on top of boxes if possible. This keeps the padding from shifting toward one side which can occur even after just a few months of storing it,” says Lewis.
If that’s not possible, Lewis recommends storing mattresses tightly upright on the long end between a wall and other items to help keep the padding from shifting as much as possible.
One thing to keep in mind is that memory foam mattresses must lay flat or the filling can shift and upset the shape of the mattress.
Tip 4: Control It!
If you’re able to, Lewis also mentions the benefits of a climate controlled unit when storing a mattress.
“If bacteria and humidity get in their non-climate controlled unit they might find mildew growing on their mattress when they come check on it,” explains Lewis.
Now that you know how to store a mattress, you can feel confident it’ll be in excellent shape once you’re ready to take it out of storage.