If you are relocating to a new area and will need to put your belongings in storage while you look for a place to live, you may wonder what you can do to ensure that your mattresses stay clean and dry until you need them again. If so, use the following tips to prepare your mattresses for storage.
1. Clean the Mattress with Baking Soda and a Vacuum Cleaner
The first thing you should do before putting your mattresses in storage is clean them. If dust, food particles, or odor-causing residue is left on them, the mattresses could mold or develop an odor that is difficult to remove after being enclosed and stored away.
To clean the mattresses, sprinkle baking soda on one side of each, scrub the powder into the fabric, and let the soda stay on for a few hours. The baking soda will help absorb odors and film, while scrubbing the fabric will help loosen any dirt or dust.
After thoroughly vacuuming the surface, flip the mattresses over, and repeat the process for the other sides. Then, rub the baking soda into the sides, and vacuum them as well. Once you have cleaned the mattresses, allow them to fully air out overnight.
2. Seal the Mattress Using a Plastic Cover and Packaging Tape
After cleaning and airing out the mattresses, it is time to cover them with plastic. You can either use a cover that is specifically designed for mattresses, or you can wrap them with a sheet of thick plastic that you can purchase at a hardware or home improvement store.
No matter which type of cover you use, make sure that the mattresses are completely covered with the plastic, and use plastic packaging tape to seal up all of the seams and holes. If you leave any openings, bugs, moisture, mold spores, and other contaminants could come into contact with the mattresses.
Before you seal up the covers, sprinkle a little bit of baking soda on the mattresses to help absorb moisture. This can also help keep the mattresses from developing a musty smell from not being used for a while.
Once you have cleaned and wrapped your mattresses, make sure you store them in the unit lying flat on the ground with only light items on top to keep them from losing their shape. For more tips on how to store specific items, speak with a representative at the storage unit for personalized assistance.