How To Freshen A Mattress That Has Been In Storage

how to freshen a mattress that has been in storage

Majority of the people spend one-third of their lives on a mattress. It is essential to have a right smelling and high-quality mattress to ensure that you get the sleep you have always wanted.

But for some reasons, you may have to store your mattress in for a long time. When you decided that it is the time to take it out and you need it, you see that it smells horrible and it is impossible to sleep on it. It could be even worse if it were stored without any covers.

During the storage time, dust, dirt, possibly moisture and yikes, mice have probably really enjoyed your mattress. I am sure that you would love a way to clean your lovable mattress.

You also might have thought of replacing your mattress with a new one, but it may not be possible because of the expenses involved or some other reasons.

It is completely fine, and I am here to help you transfer your old mattress in a new and fresh smelling one at home. Today I will show you how to freshen a mattress that has been in storage for a long time. 

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How To Freshen A Mattress That Has Been In Storage For A Long Time

1. Remove The Mattress From Storage

how to freshen a mattress that has been in storage

The first step for cleaning the mattress is to take it out from the storage area and place it in an open and ventilated space. If there are any coverings on the mattress, you should consider removing them.

The breeze will help to dry moisture from the mattress, and the sunshine will warm the mattress and kill the mold spores.

2. Vacuum The Mattress

how to freshen a mattress that has been in storage

The next thing to do is vacuum the mattress thoroughly with an upholstery brush. This will clean all the dirt and debris that was sitting on your mattress.

In an organized manner, go back-and-forth width-wise on the mattress and make sure to vacuum the whole thing. Also, do remember to clean both sides.

If you are not sure which vacuum cleaner would work the best for you, I would recommend using SharkNinja ION W1 Handheld Vacuum. This handheld vacuum has worked flawlessly for me and I was able to clean my mattress comfortably.

3. Deodorize The Mattress

how to freshen a mattress that has been in storage

The third step is to sprinkle baking soda all over your mattress. I would recommend leaving baking soda for 24 hours on the mattress. Keeping it for less time may result in your mattress retaining the bad smell and not getting properly cleaned. The longer your keep baking soda on your mattress, the more moisture and smell will be absorbed by it.

You can use a box or two of baking soda depending on the size of your mattress.  Alternatively, there are many mattress deodorizer products available in the market. You can choose one of them, but make sure to follow the instructions given on the box of the product.

It would be best if you could leave the mattress in sunlight. 

After you have allowed the baking soda or any other deodorizer to sit on the mattress for the required period, you will need to vacuum the mattress again.

Vacuuming the mattress again will remove all the baking soda from your mattress, and also, more importantly, it will remove small ruins and odor too.

4. Remove Dust Mites

how to freshen a mattress that has been in storage

Killing dust mites is very important because it may cause allergies, rashes, or asthma. The following mixture of essential oils will help you to eliminate dust mites:

  • Take 470ml of distilled water.
  • Essential oils (2 teaspoons). You can select from caraway, tea tree, rosemary, clove, or eucalyptus essential oils.
  • Now spray the mixture gently all over your mattress.
  • Let your mixture dry before proceeding to the next step.

5. Disinfect The Mattress

how to freshen a mattress that has been in storage

To eliminate the bacteria and other contaminants, you need to disinfect the mattress. You may use the following mixture to sanitize your mattress:

  • Mix 59 ml (2 ounces) of bleach with 3.8 L (1 gallon) of cold water.
  • Spray the mixture lightly on your mattress and then rub it down with microfiber cloth, or you can also use a clean rag.
  • When working with bleach, make sure to use all the safety equipment such as gloves, masks, and goggles.
  • You must be working in a well-ventilated area.
  • As an alternative, you can use other cleaning products like Lysol spray.

6. Cover The Mattress

how to freshen a mattress that has been in storage

Now that you have a thoroughly clean and disinfected mattress, you should consider protecting it by covering the mattress.

If you want to protect your mattress from moisture or any other liquids such as sweat or ruined, you need to cover it with a waterproof mattress protector. For this specific purpose, I love Utopia waterproof bamboo mattress protector.

That’s it; now you have got a new smelling mattress. Now you know how to freshen a mattress that has been in storage for a long time.

Just in case, if you are looking to buy a new mattress and not able to decide which one to buy, I would recommend having a look at Bedstory Gel-Infused Memory Foam Mattress

How To Store A Mattress Properly

If you are wondering how to store a mattress properly, then these tips are going to help you.

  1. Clean the mattress thoroughly before you store it.
  2. Wrap the mattress in a light and breathable cover.
  3. Lay the mattress horizontally on its base position. Don’t store the mattress in an upright position as it may damage your mattress.
  4. Don’t put any weight on the mattress. Make sure there are no heavy objects on the mattress while storing it.
  5. And of course, when you need to take out the mattress, follow all the steps mentioned above to clean the mattress.
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