Mattress Storage 101

Mattresses are an investment that with the proper maintenance, can last years. There are many reasons you might put your mattress in a self-storage unit, from downsizing your lifestyle to needing overflow space. You have a Space Savers climate-controlled self-storage unit in Irondale, AL and you’re wanting to store your mattress. You won’t have to worry about any outside elements or insects bothering your mattress, but we would recommend the following 4 steps before storing it with us.

Clean your mattress

You can do this by vacuuming, using cleaner, and air drying. Putting a dirty mattress into storage can result in buildup of all the yucky stuff. Plus you’ll want to retrieve an already clean mattress when it’s time. To avoid this problem altogether follow these steps:

  • Vacuum the mattress thoroughly.
  • Apply upholstery cleaner or baking soda.
  • Place the mattress outside to air out and dry.
  • Use a covered moving truck to transport to storage.

First, vacuum thoroughly. If you apply an upholstery cleaner, read the directions carefully and don’t soak the mattress to the point where it won’t dry. Always allow the mattress to dry completely. You can use floor fans and open windows to expedite the drying process, or put it out in the sun if possible.

A quicker and simpler solution– sprinkle baking soda over the mattress, let it settle to absorb odors, and vacuum it up. A steam cleaner is also a great alternative to applying upholstery cleaner by hand, as it kills all kinds of allergens. To clean your mattress, you’ll need a model with a handheld attachment. Again, be sure to avoid completely soaking the mattress.


Wrap your mattress in a mattress storage bag or plastic.

You won’t have to worry about protecting your mattress from moisture or the elements with a climate-controlled self-storage unit with Space Savers in Irondale, AL, but for the ultimate protection during moving and storage, use a storage bag. We offer moving supplies, so call us and ask about our inventory.


Store your mattress flat and clear of items to protect the springs.

If you choose one of our unit options that has space to store the mattress flat, manufacturers recommend this for keeping it in good shape. It may be more convenient to store your mattress standing, but when it’s stored upright, the coils and springs can shift and cause the mattress fabric to sag. Mattresses without springs or coils may be ok either way. Never store items on top of the mattress, because it’s not a steady surface, and some objects can damage the springs or cause cuts and permanent dents in the cushioning. Check out our previous blog on organizing your storage unit to maximize space.


Freshen up your mattress with baking soda and deodorizing spray.

To freshen up your mattress after getting it back out of storage, you can follow these steps:

  • Sprinkle baking soda on each side.
  • After 10 minutes, vacuum the entire mattress.
  • Spray the mattress with a natural deodorizing spray and allow it to air-dry completely.
  • To ensure it has time to air out, remove the mattress from storage at least 24 hours before you need to use it.


Mattress Storage from Space Savers

When you follow these best practices on how to store a mattress, you should be able to keep yours in good condition for the future.

Need reliable and secure storage space for your mattress or any other household items? Contact us for a climate-controlled self-storage unit in Irondale, AL. We have several options for your mattress storage and more.



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