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How to Store A Mattress

A high-quality mattress typically lasts for 10 years or longer if it gains your careful attention. As a valuable item that could cost you money and time, it makes sense to store it carefully when it is not being slept on.

Whether you are trying to downsize your house or change the use of a room, knowing how to store a mattress properly can be important. Placing your extra mattress in your attic or garage seems like a good idea, but there certain factors we should take into consideration. Here are some easy steps to help you store your mattress in a proper way.


  • What You’ll Need
  • 1. Clean your mattress
  • 2. Wrap up the mattress
  • 3. Find the best place
  • 4. Transport the mattress
  • 5. Lay the mattress flat
  • 6. Keep items off the mattress
  • 7. Remove odor before sleeping
  • Considerations Depending on the Type of Mattress
  • Notes for Storing a Mattress
  • FAQs
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  • Can urine on a mattress cause mold?
  • How long can I store a mattress in a box?
  • Can you store mattresses stacked?
  • How to prevent bed bugs during mattress storage?
  • Do mattresses need to be stored in climate control?

What You Will Need

  • Vacuum cleaner
  • Baking soda
  • Good partners or moving workers
  • A large enough mattress storage bag or breathable plastic bag
  • Packing tape
  • Furniture dolly (optional)
  • Large sheets, blankets, or cloth
  • With everything ready, you can start the next step.

1. Clean your mattress

First of all, you should clean your mattress from top to bottom, even if you clean the mattress regularly. Countless mites, dirt and dead skin still accumulate over time, if you skip the cleaning step, storing a dirty mattress can result in the growth of mold and mildew. A thorough cleaning routine is necessary. The process is not as complicated as you may think. Here are a few simple steps for cleaning.

a few simple steps for cleaning

1.Remove all the bedding. Strip your bed before deep cleaning your mattress.

2.Sprinkle baking soda on the top layer. Allowing the baking soda to rest for a few hours helps it absorb odor and get rid of stains.

3.Vacuum your mattress. Thoroughly cleaning your mattress with the vacuum cleaner, we recommend using it in a small circular motion with an upholstery attachment, which helps you to clean the seams and crevices.

4.Ventilate the mattress. Make sure your mattress is 100% dry, and air out the mattress for several hours. Ideally, you can leave it under the sun (not applicable to latex mattresses), it should kill the remaining dust mites.

If there are some stubborn stains on your mattress, you can follow the detailed steps to spot-clean them. Ensuring your mattress is ready for the next step. 

Moving a mattress can be quite challenging even for the strongest of individuals. It calls for specific equipment and methods. You should check the best ways to move a mattress ahead so that it is fast, effective and injury free.

2. Wrap up the mattress

Drape your mattress in a mattress storage bag after your mattress is totally dry inside and outside. If you store it while it is wet the trapped moisture will lead to strange odors and mold. A mattress storage bag can help protect your mattress from dirt and moisture effectively. A plastic bag is also a good option if you don’t have a storage bag. However, a thick plastic cover should be avoided since it may unintentionally trap moisture and breed bacteria. A light and breathable plastic bag sealed with duct tape is also a good way to store a mattress.

3. Find the best place

Renting a storage unit with climate-controlled features is the best option

We are aware that mattresses take up a lot of room, make sure your storage space will accommodate your mattress in advance because, depending on the size of your bed, it may occupy as much as one-third of your 10 by 10 storage space. In addition, moisture and temperature variations are the main issues to be aware of when storing any type of furniture. These variables have the potential to seriously ruin a mattress. 

Renting a storage unit with climate-controlled features is the best option, you can protect your mattress from extreme temperature changes by ensuring that your storage space has heat in the winter and stays cool in the summer. Purchase a portable dehumidifier if you decide to store the mattress in a traditional storage unit, your basement or your garage. This device will decrease moisture and helps to maintain the quality of your mattress.

4. Transport the mattress

Transport the mattress

A covered moving truck can prevent your bed from dust, hail, snow and rain, as well as other possible hazards. Don’t tie your mattress directly to the roof of your car or a pickup truck. The worst situation is the mattress might fly off, hurting other people and getting damaged. If you fasten your bed super tight to reduce the risk on the road, your mattress may get a permanent bend or be in bad shape during the shipping process.

The easiest way is to rent a covered moving truck to the storage unit. Covering the mattress with old blankets or sheets can further shield your mattress. You can prop it on its side after loading it into the moving truck for a short time if you need some space for other furniture pieces.

5. Lay the mattress flat

The mattress can be stored upright for transportation only for a short period of time. If a mattress is stored in a upright position for long periods it could damage the internal structures of the mattress. Saving space by leaning your mattress against the wall is appealing, though it eventually leads to sagging or bending. Maintaining the mattress flat helps prevent unwanted changes to shape and damage.

To keep your bed in good condition, make sure your mattress always lies fully flat, either on the ground or on any other flat surface. If you leave enough room to store your mattress flat on the ground, make sure it’s not directly on the floor. Putting a tarp or other covering underneath it helps to resist moisture and potential stains.

If you don’t have enough space, piling your mattress on top of broad, solid and flat items is also a good idea, a painting or a board, for example. The structural integrity of the mattress can be affected if you rest it on items with sharp points such as chairs or sculpture ornaments. 

6. Keep items off the mattress

Avoid piling things on top of your mattress at all costs. If you do so, the internal structure of the mattress may bend over, making it unusable in the future.

Do not put anything on the mattress so that the mattress has even weight ditribution because if the mattress exerts pressure in a certain place for a long time, the mattress will certainly have a certain degree of wear and tear, and the life of the product will also be greatly reduced.

7. Remove odor before sleeping

keep ventilated

Long-term storage may make the mattress smell bad. When you want to use your mattress again, unwrap it from the storage bag and let it air out for 3 - 4 hours to get rid of any dusty smells.

After that, repeat the cleaning mattress steps. Using the same baking soda and vacuum method you used before storing can eliminate odors and filth effectively.

Considerations Depending on the Type of Mattress

Every mattress type has some distinctive features, and it is crucial to consider such traits when keeping the mattress.

How To Store a Spring Mattress

The reinforced inner coil units for a better shape. Always place the mattress in a flat position since it might flex or break through the bed.

How To Store a Memory Foam Mattress

Some articles will argue that memory foam mattresses can be leaned on their sides because they believe memory foam does not move much, even in long-term storage. We are skeptical of this idea as memory foam mattresses have no coils inside, and their soft exterior makes them easily contour to your body shape. Therefore, any uneven objects placed on memory foam mattresses or incorrect placement of mattresses can cause irreversible damage and changes to shape.

Also, avoid using upholstery cleaner or any liquid cleaner to clean memory foam mattresses. Mold and mildew can thrive in this excellent water-absorbent material. Hence a waterproof and moisture-proof storage bag is essential.

How To Store a Hybrid Mattress

A hybrid mattress consists of memory foam and innerspring, similar to the spring mattress and memory foam mattress, always keep it flat as well as avoid liquid cleaner.

How To Store a Latex Mattress

Storing latex mattresses has a unique set of challenges because they are heavier than other mattress types. The exterior and interior of the bed may sustain substantial damage if this mattress type is stored on its side. Therefore, it is wise always to lay the mattress flat.

Notes for Storing a Mattress

Notes for Storing a Mattress

How to Store A Mattress

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