Beds are difficult to store properly, because they can easily get moldy in storage, and they can take up a lot of room in your storage unit. If your spring cleaning involves putting a mattress in storage, these tips will help you store your furniture item without causing damage.
Clean, then Cover Your Mattress
Use the upholstery tool on your vacuum to clean your mattress. If you use cleaner to wash stains from your mattress, allow the mattress to dry for several days before putting it in a cover. You should be able to tell if the mattress is still wet by putting your hand on the material and feeling the temperature of the mattress. If the mattress feels cooler than the room around it, then it's still wet. You can also tell by pressing a paper towel into the mattress material. If the paper towel becomes damp, the mattress needs to dry longer. To be extra safe, dry the mattress for several days beyond the point when it feels dry to the touch. When putting a cover on the mattress, choose a breathable material that doesn't tear easily. Avoid plastic, because plastic can trap moisture in your mattress and promote mold growth later on.
Choose Climate Control in Humid Environments
If the area where you live is humid throughout the summer, store your mattress in a climate controlled unit. This will help prevent mold growth. If your unit is not climate controlled, use desiccants to control the humidity. Store cloth pouches filled with silica gel in your unit, or place several open containers of charcoal in the unit. If using charcoal to act as a desiccant in your storage unit, store the charcoal in buckets or containers that won't leak charcoal dust on your items.
Lay the Mattress Flat
Storing a mattress on its side for a long time could cause the coils to become warped. The best way to store your mattress is to lay it flat in the unit. Storing a mattress flat will take up a lot of space in your storage facility. Luckily, you can store your mattress on top of other pieces of furniture and boxes. Prepare a space for your mattress by stacking boxes to an even height at the back of your unit, or by stacking several bookcases of the same height together. Put the mattress on top of the boxes or furniture. Never place boxes or any heavy items on top of the mattress.
For more information about putting your mattress into storage, contact a storage facility like I-70 Self Storage. Your customer service representative may have smart tips or advice for mattress storage.Share
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