How to Store Your Mattress in A Self-Storage Unit
Maybe you are turning your college student’s room into a fabulous new home gym, or switching out that twin bed for a double. Now what are you going to do with the old mattress? It is still in decent shape, and you rather not throw it out — what would happen if your youngster moves back home after college and needs it again? What if she chooses not to move back home after college and needs it for her new place instead? (What if you never use your fancy gym equipment and opt to turn the space into a guest room instead? It can happen.) Here are a few tips on how to keep your mattress in working condition until you find a need for it again.
Keep It Under Wraps
If you choose to store your mattress in a garage or storage unit, you should keep it covered to not only protect against dirt & dust, but also bugs and rodents, and moisture. Mattress storage bags are available at many hardware stores and you can also find them online. If you use plastic, be sure to thoroughly clean and dry the mattress before covering it. If not, you could be sealing in moisture and your mattress will not last for very long.
It is best to keep your mattress in a climate-controlled environment. Avoid using outdoor storage units, storage sheds and damp basements. If you are living in an area with especially high humidity, storing your mattress in a non-temperature-controlled unit can cause mould and bacteria to take over it. Not only will your mattress develop a funky smell, but it will also become a health hazard.
Keep it Clean
Putting dirty mattresses into storage can result in fungus, mould, bugs or at the very least, a filthy mattress coming out of storage. Before placing your mattress into storage, vacuum it thoroughly, then apply an upholstery cleaner. Be sure to use a light hand with this, since it can be tricky. Read the directions carefully and do not soak the mattress to the point where it will not dry. Use the cleaner with a brush and allow the mattress to dry completely. You can use floor fans and open windows to speed up the drying process or put it out in the sun.
A steam cleaner kills many allergens and is an excellent alternative to using upholstery cleaner. Steam cleaners are made by the major vacuum brands and can be very effective in cleaning your carpets and upholstery. To clean your mattress, you will need a cleaner with a handheld attachment. Be sure to avoid soaking your mattress. You can also rent these cleaners from some grocery and hardware stores, or employ a local cleaning service. If you are storing several pieces of furniture along the mattress, it is worth the bother.
Keep it Flat
If you have the space to store the mattress flat, do this to keep it in shape. It may seem more fitting to store your mattress standing, but when a mattress is stored in the upright position, the coils and inner components can shift and the mattress material can sag. Cover the floor with a tarp before placing the mattress on top. If there are large boxes or flat furniture where your mattress will be stored, you can place the mattress on top. Do not store items on the top of your mattress. It is not a sturdy surface for items, and can be cut or permanently dented.
Retrieving your Mattress from Storage
If for some reason, despite your efforts, your mattress comes out of storage smelling a bit musty, not to worry. You can freshen it up by sprinkling baking soda on each side in turn, to absorb the smell, and vacuum after 10 minutes. Spray the mattress with a natural deodorizing spray for fabrics and allow it to air dry totally.
You have no reason to toss out a perfectly good mattress. You should be able to keep your mattress in the best usable condition for the future, by taking in these steps.
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