How to Store a Mattress

How to Store a Mattress

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Mattresses can be a major investment—both in cost and the time it takes to find the perfect match. A quality mattress can last from ten to fifteen years when properly maintained. If you’re not using it for a period of time, you’ll want to ensure it is kept safe and away from potential harm. Storage units are an excellent option for this situation, but owners must take care to properly store the item. If not correctly prepared, storage can damage a mattress beyond repair. Here’s what you should do to protect this essential investment.  

Thoroughly clean the mattress. The easiest method to clean a mattress is to vacuum it on both sides, then use an upholstery cleaner. Remove the mattress and box spring from the bed frame and strip all bedding. Sprinkle baking soda on the exterior and let it sit to absorb lingering odors. Vacuum up the baking soda, then let the mattress air out. 

Wrap the mattress in plastic. Thoroughly wrap the item in plastic and secure with packing tape to create a tight seal. If possible, do not use thick plastic covers; these are more likely to trap moisture. A light, breathable plastic is more ideal. The mattress will need to stay covered for the majority of the time it spends in storage. For long-term storage, consider purchasing a high-quality mattress bag. This shouldn’t set you back more than $20.  

Move the mattress in a covered truck. This is essential for protecting the mattress from dirt and damage It is unsafe to tie a mattress to the top of a car, but this practice could also bend the item beyond repair. While moving, it is okay to keep the mattress on its side to create more space in the truck. This method is better than piling lots of furniture on top. 

Lay the mattress flat while storing. While it is okay to keep the mattress upright in the moving truck, it should be returned to its natural position while in the storage unit. Mattresses need to be stored flat because the coils and inner workers of a side-stored mattress will eventually settle out of their proper position, destroying the cushion.