How to store a mattress
It isn't uncommon to discover the mattress you have stored away in what seemed like a perfectly safe storage has been irreversibly ruined. Improperly stored mattress can develop mold from condensation that seeps through. Springs inside the mattress can rust from condensation as well. It also can get infested with nasty critters because it's been exposed without any protective covering for an extended period of time.
There are simple and inexpensive ways you can protect your mattress when you have to store it for an extended period of time.
Cheapest way to store your mattress is to simply cover it with a mattress bag that is readily available in any mattress stores. These bags usually do a solid job of repelling bugs, dusts, moistures and spiders. Make sure you purchase a quality bag that won't rip or puncture easily. Make sure you seal the openings with duct tapes thoroughly.
If the mattress you are storing is expensive, it makes sense to protect your investment by being more meticulous when storing it. You will want to use a cardboard box, packaging peanuts and a plastic bag in this case. First, use a mattress bag I've talked about in the previous paragraph to cover your mattress to seal it off. Pour in enough packaging peanuts to one end of the box and slide your mattress inside the box. Pour more packaging peanuts to fill out the cardboard box to fill the space between the mattress and the box then seal it off.
Final step involves sealing off your cardboard box that contains your mattress. You can use bags that are designed to seal off the cardboard box or use plastics used in constructions. If those are not an option, use garbage bags as they are better than using none at all. Seal off your box using your chosen material with generous amount of tape.
Store your mattress upright and if you have to lay it down, avoid putting anything on top of it.
Even if the place you are storing your mattress seems perfectly dry and safe, you never know what can happen. All it takes is a flooded storage from rain or a busted water pipe to ruin your mattress. Follow the simple steps outlined in this article to store your mattress and protect your investment. There's nothing worse than having to throw away an expensive mattress from improper storage when you could've prevented all that by knowing how to store it the proper way.
How to Clean a Mattress Tip #1
Prevention is easier than cure. Using mattress protectors simple as vinyl zip covers can drastically increase the lifespan of your mattress and protect it from unwanted bugs, mold and inadvertent spills. This small investment you make for protecting your mattress will save you a lot of headache and hassle in the future.
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How to Clean a Mattress Tip #2
Sprinkle some baking soda on your mattress and watch the odor and moisture disappear! Just let it sit for a few minutes then vacuum your mattress.
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How to Clean a Mattress Tip #3
Every month or two, make a habit of taking your mattress outside when it is warm and sunny. The sunlight will vaporize all the moistures trapped in the mattress and kill the mold that might've built up over time.