While often taken for granted, a mattress is an important investment. After all, you spend a third of your life sleeping on one. In addition, many mattresses are meant to be used daily for ten years or more and, as such, they are often an expensive element of our homes. When you are moving, you want to make sure your mattress is protected. Here are five tips that will ensure that you can SLEEP on your mattress once it is out of storage:
S is for Storage Facility
While it may be tempting to store your mattress in the garage, a storage facility is the better option. Many facilities are climate controlled, which is especially important with mattresses, because frequent temperature changes or humidity can lead to water damage or mold. Bugs, such as bed bugs, also like to make their homes in mattresses, so it is crucial that the storage facility have pest control to prevent an infestation.
L is for Layers of Protection
Before you start moving the mattress, you should purchase a mattress cover and box for storage. A plastic cover will provide further protection from dirt, moisture, and bugs. A box helps prevent damage to the mattress during moving. You should measure the length, width, and height of your mattress and choose a cover that fits snugly. Afterwards, buy a box that is slightly larger than the combined size of the mattress and the cover.
E is for Extensive Cleaning
Now that the preparation is done, it is time to start the moving process. Start by vacuuming the mattress to get any dust or mites off, as these can promote the growth of mold, or damage the mattress in storage. Then, use an upholstery cleaner to tackle any bodily fluids or grime that might be hiding under the surface. Once you are done cleaning, let the mattress thoroughly dry.
E is for Elevation
Once you've transported your mattress to the storage facility, create an elevated platform to store it on. This could be a bedframe, a pallet, several bricks, or a few boxes. Storing the mattress off the ground further protects it from pests and allows the mattress to breathe, which prevents moisture from collecting along the bottom of the mattress.
P is for Placement
Mattresses are meant to lay flat, rather than on their sides. When they are stored upright, the padding and coils can shift, which leads to lumps in the mattress that cannot be fixed later. The lumps and misplaced coils at best mean an uncomfortable night's sleep and at worst result in an unusable mattress.
The steps above will ensure that your mattress is both comfortable and safe when you take it out of storage. When you bring it home, make sure to let it breathe for a few hours before putting sheets on; otherwise, any humidity that might have been trapped during storage could lead to mold. Once you put your sheets back on, your mattress will be in the same shape you left it. If you're looking for a storage facility near you, visit Target Self Storage.