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The day has finally arrived – your youngest child has moved away to college, and you are officially an empty nester. Like most parents, you are probably feeling a wide range of emotions, including indecision as to what you will turn your college-aged child’s former room into. Whether you choose a yoga studio, craft space, or man cave, one thing is certain – you will want to put the furniture and quality mattress into storage.
Sure, you could throw away the mattress and call it a day, but there is no reason to waste a perfectly usable piece of furniture. Chances are, you will either need the mattress yourself for an extra guestroom one day, your child may want it when he or she moves into their first apartment, or you might even have to put that mattress right back where it was when your kid moves back home upon graduation. Whatever the case may be, you will want to ensure that the mattress is stored correctly and carefully for the years of storage ahead.
A dirty mattress put into the unit will be, at the least, a dirty mattress when you retrieve it. Taking the time to prep the mattress prior to storage, will lessen the time needed to freshen it up when you are ready to sleep on it again. Clean the mattress by vacuuming it thoroughly, then lightly apply upholstery cleaner, following the directions taking extra care not to over saturate the mattress. Access to a steam cleaner with a handheld attachment aids in the removal of allergens and replaces the need to use upholstery cleaner. Allow the mattress to completely dry by placing it in the sun, by opening a window, or using a fan to increase air flow and assist in a faster drying time.
Store your mattress in a plastic mattress bag, making sure it is completely dry, to avoid sealing moisture in which can cause mold and mildew. AAA Self Storage of Topeka offers plastic mattress bags in all sizes to fit your mattress and box springs which protects them not only during the travel time to and from the unit, but also while stored in the unit.
Decide on the best location to store your mattress. Yes, you could throw the mattress into the damp basement or outside shed and forget about it, but the best option would be to invest in a climate control storage unit like one at AAA Self Storage of Topeka. These spacious and accommodating units are secure and give you the convenience of not having your old furniture consume space at home. Not to mention, the units are big enough to allow for you to store all of the other things your child so kindly left behind after the big college move like books, dressers, and desks.
Resist the urge to stand your mattress upright in your unit to save space, as doing so compromises the integrity of the mattress. Following the manufacture’s suggestion of storing it flat to avoid the mattress from sagging or a shift in the inner coils. Either lay the mattress flat on the floor, laying down a plastic tarp first, or store it flat on top of boxes. If space is an issue, store it perpendicular on its side rather than on its end. Whatever you do, don’t store items on top of the mattress as they will dent the surface and place constant pressure on the overall structure.
It’s time to take the mattress home and put it to use, but give yourself 24 hours before you lay down on it. To freshen up the mattress, sprinkle baking soda on both sides, wait for 20 minutes, then vacuum it thoroughly. Spraying a natural deodorizing spray and allowing it to completely dry will remove any stubborn stale odors. Just like before, use the sun, open windows, or use fans to aid in the drying time.
When you store your mattress at any of our AAA Self Storage of Topeka locations like Overbrook, Rossville, or Wakarusa, you have the freedom of extra space in your house, the comfort of knowing your item is in the best possible location, and it will be ready for you when you pick it up for life’s next chapter. Visit AAA Self Storage of Topeka today!