Five Steps For Proper Bed Storage
Putting a bed into storage takes some preparation if you want to be assured that no damage occurs.
1. Save the Hardware
When disassembling the bed frame, place all of the hardware in a heavy-duty zip-top bag. Label the bag with which bed frame the hardware belongs to so if it becomes separate from the bed, you can easily determine what it is for. For complicated frames, take pictures before and during disassembling so that you can review them when it is time to put your bed back together again. You can store these photos digitally or print them off and place them in the hardware bag.
2. Clean Thoroughly
Never store a dirty mattress, as any soil in the mattress can attract pests. Plus, odors and stains can develop from body oils trapped in the mattress. Begin by vacuuming both sides of the mattress and box spring thoroughly. Then, use a mattress or upholstery cleaner to clean the surface of the mattress. Allow the mattress to dry thoroughly before attempting to store it.
3. Cover Properly
A mattress cover provides another layer of protection during storage. The right cover keeps moisture out, so mildew and mold won't be an issue. It also guards the mattress against pests and dirt. You can use a plastic or fabric zippable cover, such as those available for bed bug prevention, or you can purchase special plastic bags from a moving supply and packing service. Cover both the mattress and the box spring prior to storage.
4. Protect the Frame
If you have a wooden frame or headboard, wipe it down with a wood cleaner and then treat it with a polish or conditioner. This will help prevent the wood from drying out or cracking during storage. The frame and headboard should then be covered with a white sheet or a painter's drop cloth once it is in the storage unit. The cover protects the wood from dust as well as from scratches or other small damage.
5. Store Safely
The storage unit you choose is also beneficial to the bed. Generally, a climate-controlled unit is preferred. These units feature consistent temperatures, which is good for wood components of the frame. They are also typically humidity controlled, which protects both frame and the mattress set. Once in the unit, lay the mattress and box spring flat, instead of standing them on end, to prevent them from warping.
Contact a self-storage facility in your area for more help with storing your mattress safely.