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How to Store a Mattress


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If you find yourself in the middle of a move, downsizing or just needing to clear up some space, you might wonder what to do with your mattress. It’s not just about finding a temporary spot for it. There’s a right way to make sure it stays in good shape until you need it again, ensuring the importance of dreams and comfort. Storing a mattress isn’t rocket science, but there are some tips and tricks to keep it comfy and clean during its downtime, from cleaning it properly before storage to picking the perfect spot to rest it.

Preparing the Mattress for Storage

Before you tuck your mattress away into storage, you should clean it thoroughly so it’s dust-free and in pristine condition.


Start by vacuuming every inch, nook and cranny. Use the upholstery attachment for a gentle yet thorough clean. Next, gently spot-clean any stains with a mild detergent solution. For most mattresses, stick to a spray bottle to avoid soaking, while innerspring or hybrid types can handle a tad more moisture. After tackling stains, deodorize by sprinkling a bit of baking soda over the surface, let it sit for a few hours and then vacuum it off. This step ensures any lingering odors bid farewell.


Now, on to drying, which helps prevent any uninvited mold or mildew from infiltrating your mattress. If you’ve used liquids during cleaning, give your mattress ample time to air dry. A sunny spot does wonders, but ensure it’s thoroughly dry by feeling for any moisture. If indoors, a fan can speed up the process, keeping the air moving and moisture at bay.

Choosing the Right Storage Location

You might be tempted to just shove the mattress into the garage or attic, but let’s weigh your options first. Climate-controlled storage units are the VIP lounge for your mattress. They offer a stable environment free from humidity, temperature swings and pests. Sure, they cost a bit more, but they help keep your mattress in tip-top shape.

On the flip side, garage or attic storage might save you a few bucks, but it’s a bit of a gamble. These places can get hot, humid or even damp — the perfect breeding ground for mold and mildew. Plus, there’s always the chance of unexpected guests, like pests, dropping by uninvited. When it comes to storage beds, they need to be in a dark, cool and dry location. Finding a storage spot that ticks these boxes might take a bit of effort and possibly a few extra dollars, but it’s worth it to extend the life and comfort of your trusty mattress.

Proper Mattress Storage Techniques

There are a few techniques you should know about to help ensure your mattress remains in excellent condition.

Storing Flat vs. Standing Up

Ideally, you want to store your mattress lying flat, just as it lives on your bed frame. This position supports its structure, keeps the innards evenly distributed and ensures it remains as comfortable as the day you bought it. However, space isn’t always on your side. If you must store it standing up, make sure it’s leaning against a solid, stable surface and not squished between heavy items. This way, you avoid any potential warping or bending out of shape.

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Using Protective Covers

A high-quality protective mattress cover is like a suit of armor against the elements — dust, moisture and those pesky bed bugs. Choose one that’s breathable yet waterproof and dustproof. Slide your mattress into this cover and seal it up tight.

Preventing Damage

While your mattress is out of sight, it shouldn’t be out of mind. Avoid piling boxes or heavy items on top of it. Its delicate structure can be damaged under weight, leading to lumps and bumps in all the wrong places. Regular checks, even in storage, can prevent these mishaps and keep your mattress in great condition.

Maintenance During Storage

Scheduling a mattress check-up now and then is key. During these visits, give your mattress a little nudge or flip, especially if it’s stored upright. This keeps its shape consistent and prevents any long-term bending or sagging. Don’t forget the mattress’s protective cover. Over time, it might gather dust or absorb moisture, so take a moment to assess its condition. If the cover looks a bit worn, consider washing it or replacing it. Keeping up with these simple steps won’t take much of your time, but they’ll go a long way in ensuring that when the time comes to reunite with your mattress, it’ll be as inviting and comfortable as the day you stored it away.

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Preparing Your Mattress for Use Again

All right! The time has come to return your mattress from its little storage vacation. First off, carefully remove any protective coverings. Give it a good once-over, looking for any signs of wear or unwelcome guests that might have sneaked in. Even if it looks clean, a gentle vacuum and some time in a well-ventilated space or under a fan can do wonders. Don’t skip a thorough inspection, either. Check for any signs of damage or wear. It’s better to catch any issues now than after a night of sleep. With these steps, your mattress is ready to return to action and provide you with restful nights.

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Final Thoughts

No matter the reason or how long you’re storing your mattress, it deserves the best care to ensure it remains your nightly sanctuary. However, even with the best care, every mattress wears down after a while. Whether you’re noticing the signs that it’s time for an upgrade or simply inspired to experience the pinnacle of comfort, we’ve got you covered. At City Mattress, we don’t just sell mattresses. We’re passionate about helping you find the perfect foundation for well-rested sleep, whether it’s a high-quality firm mattress or a memory foam mattress to reduce pressure point problems.