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Storing a mattress

Storing a mattress
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Keep your mattress sleep-ready in storage

Mattresses are bulky things and if they are not being used on a bed they can take up quite a bit of space in your home. And they are awkward to move, so it’s not always possible to get them into a loft or fit them in a cupboard. Not only that but they deteriorate quickly if left in a cellar, garage or shed. A climate-controlled environment (like a storage unit) is the best option.

A top-quality mattress is expensive, so if you’ve got a really good mattress that you’re not using for a few months, it’s worth taking the time and trouble to store it properly. But, note that if your mattress is more than seven years old or was not particularly expensive in the first place, you might be better off disposing of it and buying a new one.

Clean your mattress before storing it

Mattresses collect a lot of dust and they can also trap moisture, which makes them vulnerable to mould. Give your mattress a good clean before you store it to ensure it is fresh and ready to use when you bring it out of storage.

You might have specific instructions from the manufacturer for cleaning your mattress. If so, follow these. But as a general rule, first vacuum your mattress to deal with any dust. Then use an upholstery cleaner or a steam cleaner, too. And make sure it’s completely dry. Consumer guide Which? has some specific instructions for cleaning a mattress.

Wrap your mattress for storage

A mattress cover is not expensive and will protect your mattress from dust and grime. You may be able to fit a single mattress into a double duvet cover. Or your storage company might sell mattress covers. It is worth using a breathable cover. This is because mattresses can hold moisture. A breathable mattress cover will allow the moisture to evaporate. It’s surprisingly easy to tear a mattress on a sharp object, and a cover will provide some protection.

Move your mattress with care

Mattresses are bulky and awkward to carry and transport. We’ve shared some tips in our safe moving post that might be of use.

Mattresses are best transported in a covered truck. You don’t want to expose your mattress to rain or dust from the road. Also, your Store and Insure policy will cover your goods in transit between your home and storage unit if they are in a covered vehicle. You will probably have to have insurance at public storage anyway as part of your contract, so why not go for a policy that gives coverage during your move?

Store your mattress flat

Mattresses are best stored flat, rather than standing on end. Don’t put anything heavy on top of a mattress: it will deform the springs. Also heavy goods could fall if stacked on an unstable surface like a mattress. You could stack your mattress on top of flat furniture or boxes to save space.

Freshen your mattress up

When you bring your mattress out of storage, it may smell a little musty. We recommend scattering dry bicarbonate of soda (not the same as washing soda) on your mattress and leaving it for a few hours. Then vacuum it off and let the mattress air thoroughly. Make sure it is up to room temperature before you sleep on it to reduce condensation.

Insure your mattress in storage

Remember to include your mattress in your insurance inventory. If the worst happens and your unit is affected by fire or flood, an insurance policy will help you to replace your mattress. Get an online quote from Store and Insure today.