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How to Store a Mattress

Updated on:
May 11, 2024
How to Store a Mattress

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You've got a mattress that you need to store, but you're not sure how to do it properly. You understand that a mattress is a significant investment and improper storage can lead to damage such as mold, mildew, or even structural deformity. 

By the end of this discussion, you'll have a clear understanding of how to prepare your mattress for storage, the ideal storage environment, correct positioning, and protective methods to ensure its longevity. But, let's first talk about why it's crucial to clean the mattress thoroughly before storage.

Preparing Your Mattress for Storage

Before you store your mattress, it's crucial to prepare it properly to ensure its longevity and maintain its quality. It's not as simple as tossing it into a storage unit and forgetting about it. There are steps you need to follow, and missing any of them can drastically impact the condition of your mattress.

Start by cleaning your mattress thoroughly. Use a vacuum to get rid of any dust or dirt. If you've got any stains, make sure to spot clean them with a mild detergent and a clean cloth. You don't want any lingering odors or bacteria to infest your mattress while it's in storage.

Next, let it air out. This step is vital because it helps get rid of any moisture. Moisture is a mattress's worst enemy, and it can lead to mold and mildew. So, take some time to let your bed breathe.

Lastly, invest in a mattress cover. It's an insignificant cost compared to the price of a new mattress. Not only does it protect your mattress from dust and dirt, but it also safeguards it against pests. Ensure it's a breathable cover to prevent moisture build-up.

Choosing the Right Storage Environment

Now that your mattress is clean and ready, it's essential to pick the right storage environment to keep it in top condition. You'll want to avoid damp, humid places as these can encourage the growth of mold and mildew. Instead, opt for a dry, well-ventilated space. The temperature should ideally be kept between 55 and 85 degrees Fahrenheit to prevent damage to the materials in your mattress.

But it's not just about temperature and humidity. The cleanliness of the storage environment is crucial too. Dust, pests, and dirt can infiltrate your mattress, causing health problems and reducing its lifespan. So, ensure that the storage area is spotless before you place your mattress there.

Also, consider the safety of your mattress. If the area is prone to flooding or has a history of pest infestations, it's not the right choice. A storage unit can be a good option if you don't have a suitable place at home. Just make sure it's climate-controlled and pest-free.

Correct Positioning for Mattress Storage

Once you've secured a suitable storage environment, it's time to focus on how you position the mattress, as this plays a big role in maintaining its quality and shape. Ideally, you should store your mattress flat, mimicking its natural position when in use. This helps to maintain the internal structure and prevent unnecessary stress on the materials.

However, if space is a constraint, you might consider storing the mattress on its side. While not the best option, it's acceptable for short periods. If you're storing it this way, don't forget to rotate it periodically. This helps to counter the effect of gravity and prevent the mattress materials from settling unevenly.

Never, ever, store a mattress folded or bent. This can cause permanent damage to the coils, padding and other internal elements. It's also important to avoid placing heavy items on top of the mattress as this can lead to indentations or warping.

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Essential Protection Methods

Equally important to positioning your mattress correctly is employing key protection methods to safeguard it from potential damage. You'll want to keep your mattress clean and dry during storage. One way to do this is by using a mattress cover, which can protect your mattress from dust, dirt, and moisture. Look for a breathable, water-resistant cover to ensure optimum protection.

Next, consider using a mattress storage bag. These bags offer additional protection against pests and humidity, two common threats to stored mattresses. They're typically inexpensive and can be found at most home goods stores.

Remember, you should never use plastic to cover the mattress because it can trap moisture and lead to mold or mildew. If you're storing your mattress in a garage or basement, be sure to place it on a raised surface, like a pallet or a tarp, to prevent it from absorbing any moisture from the floor.

Lastly, avoid placing heavy objects on top of the mattress as this can damage the springs and cause lumps. Following these tips will help to ensure that your mattress remains in good condition during storage.

Regular Maintenance and Inspection Tips

To keep your stored mattress in top-notch condition, it's crucial to regularly inspect and maintain it, ensuring it stays clean, dry, and free from pests. This isn't a daunting task, and if done right, it can prolong the life of your mattress.

First off, always keep the storage area clean. This reduces the risk of dust mites and other pests. You can do this by vacuuming the area regularly. Also, ensure the area is well-ventilated to prevent moisture build-up.

Next, periodically check your mattress for signs of mold or mildew. If you spot any, clean it promptly using a mild detergent and let it dry completely before storing it again.

When it comes to maintenance, consider rotating your mattress every few months even in storage. This helps to maintain its shape and prevents sagging. Lastly, don't forget to inspect the protective cover for any tears or holes that may expose the mattress to dust or pests.


So, that's how you store a mattress properly. Remember, clean it thoroughly, use a breathable cover, and choose a well-ventilated, temperate storage space.

Keep it flat or rotated if stored on its side. Don't forget a protective storage bag and regular check-ups to maintain its condition.

By following these steps, you'll ensure your mattress stays fresh, clean, and ready for use whenever you need it again. Good luck and happy storing!

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