Dec 9 2021
How To Prepare Your Mattress For Storage
Mattresses can be an expensive investment, not only financially but also the time and effort it can take to find one that is just right for you. This is why if you have an extra mattress that is just too valuable to part with, it is worth considering putting it into storage.
But of course, if you are going to store your mattress you want to make sure it is properly prepared to stand the test of time. You don't want to come back to collect a smelly or damaged mattress! When properly maintained, your mattress should be lasting between 10 and 15 years.
What Is The Best Way To Store A Mattress?
Even just a few months in storage if stored improperly can cause irreparable damage to your mattress. Proper mattress storage on the other hand will significantly improve the longevity of your bed, keeping your investment intact and reusable.
To make sure your mattress is stored in the best possible way, we have put together 6 handy steps for you to follow.
1. Clean Your Mattress
Before storing, ensure you thoroughly clean your mattress. This can be done by sprinkling baking soda over the exterior area of your mattress and allowing it to sit to absorb any odours. Then you can vacuum the baking soda off the mattress on both sides, following with an upholstery cleaner to clean the exterior.
2. Air Out Your Mattress
After cleaning your mattress, allow it to air out for a few hours to ensure you do not lock in any odours
3. Wrap Your Mattress
Now that your mattress is clean and smelling fresh, you will need to thoroughly wrap it in plastic. Use a light plastic so as not to trap any moisture, and secure the plastic wrapping with packing tape to create a tight seal. Alternatively, for long term storage consider purchasing a mattress bag that is designed to prevent mould and ensure the mattress stays dry. Fort Knox has supplies of mattress protectors for purchase,from single mattress size through to King size.
4. Transport Your Mattress
Move the mattress from your home to the storage facility in an appropriately sized moving truck. Transporting your mattress on the roof of your car can cause your mattress to become irreparably misshapen, and also leaves it vulnerable to weather changes. When transporting your mattress, it is best to store it on its side within a moving truck.
5. Store Your Mattress Flat
Once you have reached your storage unit, your mattress should be stored flat to mimic its intended positioning. Keeping a mattress stored on its side will cause the coils and inner structures to settle out of their original placement.
6. Extra Mattress Storage Tip!
Make sure not to store anything on top of your mattress, as heavy objects can damage the springs and create unnecessary wear. Instead, provided sufficient stability, store your mattress on top of other boxes or pallets.
Does Putting A Mattress On The Floor Damage It?
When storing a mattress, placing it on the floor does not damage it so long as no heavy objects are placed on top, causing damage to the springs.
How Can I Protect My Mattress In Storage?
To keep your mattress protected while in storage it is recommended to open its plastic wrapping every few months. This allows the mattress to air out and prevents mould and moisture from forming.
Damp storage environments can be the enemy, which is why it is important to choose a storage location that remains dry with built-in airflow openings like Fort Knox Storage. Basements and garages on the other hand can be damp and cause hard to fix damages.
Is It Safe To Use A Mattress That Has Been In Storage?
Provided you have followed the appropriate storage precautions then it is completely safe to use a mattress that has been in storage.
However, if the mattress is allowed to grow damp and is not properly cleaned it can contribute to undesirable respiratory symptoms.
How Do You Freshen A Mattress That Has Been In Storage?
Once you are ready to use your mattress again after it has been in storage, make sure to give it another clean. Start by sprinkling baking soda on both sides and allowing it to absorb any odours before removing the powder with a vacuum. You can then use upholstery cleaner on the exterior to give it a final clean.
Where To Store Your Mattress
Fort Knox Storage is an easy, secure, and affordable place to store your mattress. For storage enquiries, contact us today or locate your closest facility.
Need Storage Advice?
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