We’ve all heard the statistic that we spend nearly a third of our lives sleeping. Therefore, having a quality bed, bed springs and mattress are an investment that should last a long time. A good bed set can cost you thousands of dollars, so it is wise to protect your investment when the time comes to store your mattress in a self storage unit.
When stored properly, your bed set (headboard, bed springs, and mattress) can last well over a decade. You’ve learned how to prepare your stuff for storage and how to pack clothes for storage, now follow our tips below to learn how to properly store your mattress and preserve its quality for years to come.
1. Clean the Mattress Thoroughly
Cleaning a mattress can be accomplished a number of ways, but the easiest way is to vacuum both sides of the mattress. After vacuuming the mattress, use an upholster cleaner (similar to what you’d use on a couch) to preserve the mattress prior to storage. Be sure to let the mattress air out for a few hours before proceeding to the next step.
2. Wrap the Mattress in Plastic
After cleaning the mattress and letting it air out, securely wrap the mattress in a plastic wrap and seal it with packing tape. Plastic mattress covers protect your mattress from air, dust, moisture, bugs, rodents, and dirt. Keep in mind when sealing the plastic wrap, try to make it as tight as possible and cover any holes or tears in the wrap to prevent moisture from entering the wrap.
3. Lay the Mattress Flat in the Storage Unit
It will be tempting to store the mattress upright, on its side to save space in your storage unit. Doing so, however, can damage the coils, springs, and cause the cushion of the mattress to deteriorate. By laying the mattress flat, the mattress will be protected and the coils, springs, and cushion won’t fade over time.
4. Don’t Store Anything on Top of the Mattress
Avoid storing items on top of the mattress! Items stored on top of, especially heavier items, a mattress can also damage your mattress while in storage. To make the best of your storage unit space, place the mattress flat on the top of other objects.
5. Find the Best Self Storage Unit to Store the Mattress
When you’re ready to retrieve your mattress from storage, you want it to be in the same great condition as it was when you initially stored it. Following the above tips are a great start, but storing your mattress in a temperature controlled storage unit is the best solution to help ensure your mattress will be protected. Climate controlled storage units ensure that your mattress will be protected during the freezing temperature of winters and the sweltering heat of summer.
Storing a Mattress in a Storage Unit
If you find yourself needing to store a mattress, whether short term or long term, the best way to protect your mattress is to use a trusted, quality self storage provider. Moishe’s Self Storage has two convenient self storage locations for you.Our storage units in The Bronx and storage units in Queens are temperature controlled, secured 24/7 by state-of-the-art security and has served New York City residents for nearly 40 years.