Moving is a stressful time for anyone, and having to figure out how to safely store large items like your mattress can heighten your stress level unnecessarily. Whether you are deploying for a year, or need to store the mattress for a short period of time, there are a few simply steps you should take prior to moving the mattress into your unit.
A dirty mattress put into the unit will be, at the least, a dirty mattress when you retrieve it. Taking the time to prep the mattress prior to storage, will lessen the time needed to freshen it up when you are ready to sleep on it again. Clean the mattress by vacuuming it thoroughly then lightly apply upholstery cleaner, following the directions taking extra care not to over saturate the mattress. Access to a steam cleaner with a handheld attachment aids in the removal of allergens and replaces the need to use upholstery cleaner. Allow the mattress to completely dry by placing it in the sun, by opening a window or using a fan to increase air flow and assist in a faster drying time.
Store your mattress in a plastic mattress bag, making sure it is completely dry to avoid sealing in moisture, which can cause mold and mildew. AAA Self Storage in Lansing offers plastic mattress bags in all sizes to fit your mattress and box springs. These special bags protect the mattress and box springs not only during the travel time to the unit, but also while stored in the unit.
An important added layer of protection for your mattress is the use of a climate control unit rather than a non-climate control unit, shed, garage, or damp basement. A climate control unit is similar to your bedroom; heated in the cold months and cooled in the hot months.
Resist the urge to stand your mattress upright in your unit to save space, as doing so compromises the integrity of the mattress. Follow the manufacture’s suggestion of storing it flat to avoid the mattress from sagging or a shift in the inner coils. Either lay the mattress flat on the floor, lay down a plastic tarp first, or store it flat on top of boxes. If space is an issue, store it perpendicular on its side rather than on its end. Whatever you do, don’t store items on top of the mattress as they will dent the surface and place constant pressure on the overall structure. Climate control storage units at AAA Self Storage of Lansing are spacious and offer the perfect square footage for optimum storage needs.
It’s time to take the mattress home and put it to use, but give yourself 24 hours before you need to use it. To freshen up the mattress, sprinkle baking soda on both sides, wait 20 minutes and then vacuum it thoroughly. Spraying a natural deodorizing spray and allowing it to dry completely, will remove any stubborn stale odors. Just like before, use the sun, open windows or use fans to aid in the drying time.
Storing your mattress can seem like a challenge, but don’t let it add to the stress of your deployment or move. Invest in an AAA Self Storage of Lansing unit today, and remove some stress from your move. Visit AAA Self Storage of Lansing today!