How to Store a Mattress: A Simple Guide
Table of Contents
- Durable Plastic Sheets
- Packing Tape
- Optional: Waterproof Mattress Cover
- Step 1: Clean Your Mattress Well
- Step 2: Wrap Your Mattress in Plastic
- Step 3: Keep Your Mattress Flat
- Step 4: Do Not Stack Other Objects Upon Your Mattress
- OPTIONAL Step 5: Consider the Addition of a Waterproof Mattress Storage Cover
- Step 6: Apply Climate Control
- Step 7: Move in a Covered Vehicle
- Step 8: Apply the Same Methods to Your Box Spring
- Step 9: Allow to Air Out Before Use
Prior to storing, be sure to give your mattress a good, thorough cleaning and airing out to ensure it is dry, and fresh prior to putting it away for any length of time. This will ensure you have anything you wouldn’t want to be trapped in it during the time it is in storage.
One of the greatest threats to the integrity of your mattress is moisture and staining. To keep your mattress surface from coming into contact with anything unexpected while in storage, you’ll want to wrap it in thick durable plastic sheets and tape them down securely. Rather than getting a few smaller sheets, try getting a large sheet that you can fold around your mattress and tuck in before taping to provide extra layers along the edges and corners- the spots most likely to bump against things and wear while being transported.
When placed over a wrapped mattress, it also helps keep your plastic in place and snug up against the mattress itself and also keeps any tape that may have not quite sealed well from peeling back and exposing your material.
If you happen to have a boxspring, simply apply the same methods as described above prior to storage to keep it protected an useful in the future. Box springs are definitely worth keeping around, even if you have a platform bed frame, as they can help raise the mattress it belongs to in case you need the added height.
If you have to store for long periods of time and happen to have access to storage, you may want to air it out every 6 months or so. Doing so allows for any trapped stale air to escape and keep from making your mattress become too ‘stuffy’ smelling.
Chances are the time will come when you will want to store your mattress for a period of time either through a move or change in decor or home renovation. Mattresses are an expensive investment, both financially as well as for personal comfort preferences. If you have a mattress that works well for your body type, then you most likely want to hold onto it for as long as you can.
Storing a mattress truly is an easy task. Even though you should keep it flat for the time you need it stored for, if you have to store it upright, it’s not difficult to care for it correctly to keep from compromising the mattress structure. Making sure it is well wrapped, securely taped, and put in a place where temperature fluctuations will not cause large amounts of humidity or dampness is all you really need to consider.