Many mattresses stored in a mattress storage unit

How to Store a Mattress the Right Way

Whether you are renovating your house, buying yourself a brand new mattress, or going on an extended vacation, knowing how to store a mattress or where to store your extra mattress can save you a couple of bucks.

A mattress requires proper care to increase its life, even when it’s not being used. In our detailed blog, you will understand how to store a mattress, the do’s and don’ts, and the importance of storing a mattress.

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Steps on How to Store a Mattress

Follow the steps given below to store your mattress properly

1. Clean the Mattress

We all wash linen regularly, but when was the last time you cleaned your mattress? Stocking your old dirty mattress leads to the formation of dirt, dead skin, sweat, and dust mites, leading to the growth of bacteria and fungus. Below are the best ways to disinfect your mattress before storing it.

  • Use a vacuum cleaner to remove dust, dirt, or dead skin from the surface of the mattress.
  • Sprinkle the mattress with baking soda and allow it to rest for an hour. Baking soda absorbs all the stains and reduces the odor.
  • After resting for an hour, use the vacuum cleaner to clean the baking soda from the surface of the mattress.
  • You can also use an upholstery cleaner in place of baking soda but make sure that it dries before moving on to the next step.
Man cleaning a mattress from dust and bacteria with a vacuum before storing it

2. Cover Your Mattress in a Plastic Coating and Transport It Safely

Drape your mattress in a plastic cover and ensure that all the mattress sides are taped to prevent any dirt from accumulating during transportation and storage. You can use thin and breathable plastic covers because thicker covers may trap moisture and lead to mold growth.

You can also cover a mattress in mattress storage bags. These are specifically designed to protect the mattress during storage. It reduces the pain of covering the bed and taping it properly and perfectly fits your mattress. They are available in the market according to the size of the mattress.

3. Move Your Mattress in a Covered Truck

The best way to transport your mattress is to use a covered pickup truck that ensures the protection of your bed from dust, storm, thunder, hail, snow, and rain. Fixing your mattress at the top of your car may damage the internal springs of the mattress.

Two professional men moving a mattress in a covered truck for transporting it to mattress storage unit

Check out our blog on how to move a mattress to understand the insights of transporting a mattress effectively.

4. Store Your Mattress in a Temperature Controlled Storage Unit

Have you ever thought of storing the mattress in a basement, a garage, or a shed? Well, you shouldn’t, as these areas are sensitive to temperature changes and affect the lifespan of your mattress.

A temperature-controlled storage facility prevents the formation of bacteria and fungi from humid weather. You can also place a dehumidifier near your mattress, which removes the moisture in the air and prohibits mold growth.

5. Keep Your Mattress Flat

Always maintain the natural position of your mattress to increase its lifespan. At times your storage unit/room might require you to place the mattress upright against the wall due to space constraints. However, it leans the inner structure of your mattress towards one side and leads the support cores to damage from pressure. 

You might be wondering how to store a mattress in a storage unit? You can place the mattress flat on the ground of your storage unit by setting a wood pallet or a block below it. You can also use furniture and keep the bed on top of the furniture in a flat position. Avoid placing any household items on the top of your mattress as it may damage the inner springs of your mattress due to continuous pressure.

Importance of Storing a Mattress Properly

By now, you might have understood the best ways to store a mattress. Let us now learn the importance of storing a mattress.

Reduces the Odor

Storing a mattress prevents it from absorbing any stain odor from your home or any nearby foul surface. 

Prevents Mold or Mildew Growth in the Mattress

Placing your mattress on the basement floor, garage, or any other space severely impacts the lifespan of your mattress as it makes it an easy target for mold and mildew, thanks to the humid conditions. 

Your Mattress Retains the Shape

Storing the mattress reduces any possible impact on the inner structure of the bed. Firm and ultra-firm mattresses are even more susceptible to the outside effects as they have very few coating layers.

Do’s and Don’ts of Storing a Mattress

Understanding the Dos and Don’ts before storing your mattress is very important to avoid any last-minute hassle.

Do’s

Right Icon Use a vacuum cleaner to remove dust, dirt, or dead skin from the surface of the mattress. Gently cover the mattress with baking soda and allow it to rest for an hour. Baking soda absorbs all the stains and reduces the odor. After resting for an hour, use the vacuum cleaner to clean the baking soda from the surface of the mattress. You can also use an upholstery cleaner in place of baking soda but make sure that it dries before moving on to the next step.

Right Icon Move your mattress in a covered vehicle. It doesn’t allow moisture to contact your bed and keeps your mattress clean and dry.

Right Icon Store your mattress in a temperature-controlled storage unit. It prevents the formation of bacteria and fungi from humid weather. You can also place a dehumidifier near your bed, which removes the moisture in the air and prohibits mold growth.

Don’ts

wrong icon Wrap the mattress in plastic when storing your mattress. Instead, you can use a mattress storage cover. Mattress storage allows the air to pass through the mattress and prevents moisture from entering your bed.

Wrong icon Store the mattress upright against the wall due to space constraints. It will lead your mattress’s inner structure to lean towards one side and lead the support cores to deteriorate from pressure. 

Wrong icon Place any household items on the top of your mattress as they may damage the inner springs of your bed due to continuous pressure.

Check out our blog on how often you should change your mattress to get insights on how long you should keep a mattress.

Types of Mattresses and Things to Consider

Every mattress type has some unique features, and it is essential to consider those factors while storing the mattress.

Memory Foam Mattress

Memory foam mattresses do not have any coils inside them and easily contour to the shape of your body. However, if you place a bed on an uneven surface, it may also contour to the shape of the surface. Memory foam is also very susceptible to mold and mildew growth; hence, always ensure a plastic mattress bag for storage.

Latex Mattress

Natural latex is very heavy and hence tends to bend. Always store a latex mattress on a flat surface and avoid storing it upright against the wall.

Check out our blog on latex vs. memory foam mattresses to know the critical differences between the two mattress types.

Hybrid Mattress

Hybrid mattresses are one of the heaviest mattresses. Avoid placing a hybrid mattress on the side as the coils inside a hybrid mattress are individually draped and are more likely to shift if you place a mattress on its side.

Spring Mattress 

Innerspring mattresses have a reinforced coil unit, which regains the shape better. However, they may bend or break through the bed, so place the mattress in a flat position.

FAQs

How to store big/oversized mattresses?

Firstly, clean and air out the mattress, then drape the bed in a mattress bag. Move the mattress in a covered moving truck. Place the mattress flat while storing and avoid keeping anything on the mattress; finally, store the mattress in proper storage space.

How to store a memory foam mattress?

Clean and air out the mattress thoroughly, then wrap the mattress in a mattress bag and move the bed in a covered moving truck. Place the mattress flat while storing and avoid keeping anything on the mattress; finally, store the mattress in proper storage space.

Can you stack mattresses for storage?

Yes, mattresses can and should be stacked. Stacking increases the lifespan of the mattresses.

Can I fold a mattress for storage?

Yes, you can roll a solid memory foam mattress for easy moving and transportation.

Is it bad to store a mattress on its side?

Yes, storing a mattress on its side bends the inner structure towards one side and leads the support cores to deteriorate from pressure.