How to Store a Mattress

Mattresses are expensive, so knowing exactly how to store a mattress to maintain its condition is essential if you’re moving house or temporarily need space in your home. High value items like mattresses are always worth storing, so you won’t have to buy them again when the time comes.

You want your mattress to be in the best condition when you need it again, so we at Bingham Self Storage have come up with a guide on exactly how you should be storing your mattress. If you store it incorrectly, it could end up saggy, warped or damaged when you take it out of storage. These tips will help to protect your mattress and ensure that when you retrieve it, you find that it is just as comfortable as you remember it being.

Cleaning The Mattress

First thing’s first, you should clean your mattress thoroughly before putting it into storage. You should at the very least vacuum both sides of the mattress and wipe it down with anti-bacterial wipes or spray, ensuring any bacteria in the mattress is destroyed.

At this point, you can place your mattress into a large plastic bag and seal the mattress inside using your vacuum cleaner, removing all air and making sure no bacteria can return. It’s also a good idea to protect the corner of the mattress using some cardboard if you have any lying around.

Storing the Mattress

Now you need to find the right storage facility for your mattress. We recommended keeping it in a cool and dry storage unit, close to home. Try to keep the mattress flat at all times. Do not lean it against a wall, and definitely do not lean it against other items. The last thing you want is to permanently bend your mattress in storage.

The best place to put the mattress is on top of a flat pallet. This will ensure that in the unlikely event of flooding, the mattress is not on the ground, so it has less chance of getting damp. Do not put anything on top of the mattress, because that could damage the springs.

If you expect to be moving items in and out of the storage unit then you should try to keep your mattress out of the way of other items, preferably at the back of the unit; this will prevent accidental damage from sharp or heavy objects when you are moving things in and out of the unit.

You can read our guide on preventing mould in a storage unit here, helping you keep your mattress and other valuables in top condition.

Retrieving The Mattress

When the time comes to retrieve your mattress from storage, be prepared for it to possibly smell slightly musty. This is perfectly normal, even if you cleaned and sealed the mattress before storing it. The good news is that you can get rid of the musty odour quite easily.

Simply sprinkle some baking soda on the mattress and leave it to absorb any left-over moisture. If the weather is good, leave the mattress outside to air it out for a while. After a few hours, vacuum clean the mattress to remove the baking soda.

You can clean your mattress using specialist cleaning products, or use warm soapy water to remove any stubborn stains. Do not use bleach or powerful cleaning agents if you are not certain that they are suitable for use on a mattress, because they may damage the cover or the underlying foam.

Cleaning your mattress before and after storage is the best way to make sure it is in the best possible condition for you to have restful nights’ sleep for a long time to come.

If you’re interested in finding storage for your mattress in the Nottingham and Derby area, check out all we have to offer from long term storage to short term storage options.