Since mattresses are expensive, it is important to properly handle them and store them properly during a move. Want to move or store your mattress? You need a mattress cover or cling film, packing tape, scissors, large pieces of thick cardboard (optional), a tape measure, a furniture trolley, string, or straps (possible).
How to move a mattress
Not every mattress has a standard size. First, use a tape measure to determine the most direct route, correct mattress cover size, and storage space required. Then, measure the mattress’s width, length, and depth (thickness).
Clear the way
Before lifting the mattress from the bed, make sure you have a clear motion path. Mattresses are bulky, and accidents can happen if you trip over lamp cords, furniture, or boxes. Also, make sure there are no framed pictures or decorative accents on the walls that could be damaged when hit by a large mattress.
Use a mattress cover
Mattress covers or mattress storage bags are heavy-duty plastic to protect your mattress from dust and dirt while you move. If you have a very thick mattress, buy a larger size to ensure the mattress will fit. Then, put the cover on the mattress and secure it with packing tape.
Don’t do it alone
Except for crib mattresses, you need an extra pair of hands to move the mattress. Attempting to do this alone could damage the walls or a torn mattress.
Position the mattress correctly
Since most mattresses won’t fit through a doorway, turn the mattress on its side with the cover on.
If you have a furniture cart, use string or tie-down straps to secure the mattress to the cart. You can also use a large sheet of thick cardboard under your mattress to slide over carpeted floors and stairs. If you’re walking on wood floors, don’t drag the mattress across the floor, or you’ll leave marks.
If the relocation is mere across town, the position of the mattresses in the van will not affect them. However, if the move will be long or the mattress will be stored for more than a week, follow these basic mattress placement guidelines:
- Foam mattress: Lay horizontally on a flat surface, do not place anything on top.
- Spring mattress: can be laid on its side or horizontally. Avoid putting anything on top of the mattress.
- Always secure the mattress securely with ropes or straps. Never place boxes or heavy furniture on top of a mattress.
How to store a mattress
Regardless of the storage location, use the following guidelines:
Clean the mattress before storing
Mattresses contain dead skin cells and dust mites and absorb sweat every night. These secretions can go rancid and create stubborn odors if left on a mattress or exposed to high temperatures for long periods. Clean the mattress yourself or professionally before storage. Dry thoroughly before storage. Check your mattress for bed bugs.
Avoid high temperatures and humidity
When choosing a place to store mattresses, avoid damp basements, hot attics, or any space where the temperature is not controlled, or there is no air. Check your mattress frequently for signs of mold damage.
Store your mattress in covers
Never store a mattress uncovered. If you did not use the cover during the move to the storage location, then be sure to pack the mattress for storage. Make sure the cover is sealed with packing tape to keep dust and insects out of the mattress.
Position the mattress correctly in the warehouse
Mattresses should be stored horizontally with nothing on top. Never store the mattress on its side for an extended time. The mattress is designed to lie flat, and storing it on its side can damage the integrity of the internal structure. This rule applies to foam, hybrid, gel, or spring mattresses. If you have no choice but to store your mattress on its side, turn it to the other side every 30 days.
Storage of mattress covers
Mattress covers can be rolled up and stored in a plastic bag or box during transit. For long-term storage, unroll them, so they lie on the mattress and cover with plastic wrap or a sheet.
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