If you need to store one of your mattresses inside of a storage unit, you need to take some specific steps to ensure that your mattress makes it through its storage experience fresh and ready to be used again.
Choose Your Unit Wisely
The best type of storage unit to place your mattress in would be a climate controlled storage unit. A climate controlled storage unit will allow you to keep the temperature constant and warm, which will help prevent bacteria and mildew from making your mattress their new home.
Although you can put your box spring and mattress in a non-climate controlled unit, you increase the risk that your mattress could be damaged due to the changing temperature and humidity levels inside of your unit. If you do go this way, see if you can set up a dehumidifier in the unit to at least control the humidity levels.
Have Your Mattress & Box Spring Professionally Cleaned
The first thing you should do is contact a professional bed cleaning company, and arrange to have your bed cleaned. Every night when you sleep in your bed, you sweat and shed skin particles and dander onto your mattresses. When put inside of a dark and potentially moist storage unit, mildew as well as bacteria can start to grow on your mattress, which is why having it professionally cleaned before you store it is a must.
Place A Cover Over Your Mattress & Box Spring
The next thing you need to do is put a cover on your mattress and box spring. You can purchase these covers from your local moving supply store or from your local mattress store.
Once you have the cover in place, seal up the opening using tape. Check all around the cover for any holes or tears that may have occurred when you were putting on the cover. If there are holes or tears, you can patch them up with some tape. You don't want any moisture to get into the bag.
Storing Your Mattress
When you bring your mattress to your unit, make sure you have the room arranged so that you can lay it down flat. Try to not rest your mattress and box spring directly on the floor either; the floor can retain moisture. Instead, lay your mattress and box spring on top of some pallets or other boxes that are all stacked to the same height.
You should not store your mattress vertically. If you store your mattress vertically, the padding inside of your mattress may shift downward. When this happens, your mattress is essentially ruined.
If you follow the steps above, your mattress should be able to make it through its time in storage without sustaining any damage. If you are storing your mattress for an extended period of time, check on it occasionally to make sure the cover bags are secure and your box spring and mattress are dry. Contact a storage facility, like Ventu Storage Center, for more help.