The mattress industry has been entirely dominated by memory foam mattresses. There’s no denying that. This is because they are strong, have high densities, and can keep their shape while relieving pressure on the shoulders and spine.
With those characteristics comes the question of how to compress one for moving or storage if you’re a traveller.
Mattress companies do it all the time. That’s how they could have quickly delivered it to you. But how do you replicate this at home?
Doing this wrongly can compromise the integrity of your mattress and weaken its ability to reduce pressure on your shoulders and spine.
In this article, you’ll learn how to compress and store your memory mattress in a specific way.
Should you compress your memory mattress?
Before we start compressing your memory foam, it’s essential to understand whether it needs to be compressed or dressed in a heavy-duty mattress bag and transported via truck if you’re travelling.
If you have a seven-year-old mattress that sags, has cracks or tears, and causes back pain, that’s a red flag. It’s best not to compress it, as doing so will weaken it further.
Materials you need to compress your Memory mattress
An extra friend or two. Trust me; you’d have difficulty doing it alone if it’s a large mattress.
Plastic mattress bag. Choose one that is a perfect fit for the dimensions of your mattress.
Ratchet straps. Use about four (or more for more oversized mattresses).
Duct tape. This packing tape will help keep other materials in place after compression.
Vacuum bag. Get one that fits the hose you are using it for. You can add a small vacuum cleaner to it.
How to compress your mattress
Set up the Mattress
Take off all the bedding, from the bed sheets to the toppers and protectors. This will make compressing your memory mattress easier, so you can put the extras elsewhere.
Bag the Mattress
Put the memory foam mattress in the fitted mattress bag. You’ll start at one end and put it in the bag with the help of another person.
Seal the bag properly with duct or packing tape.
Attach the Valve and Seal
Get rid of the vacuum bag valve opening by cutting it off with scissors or any other tool. Since you still have to tape it, leave just enough plastic to tape it tightly. Make a valve-sized hole in the mattress bag. After inserting and pulling the valve through the bag, tape the valve tightly from the vacuum bag onto the regular plastic to make vacuuming easier.
Vacuum out the Air
This is where your vacuum bag or cleaner will come in handy. To ensure even compression, place your memory mattress on the floor.
Attach the vacuum hose to the valve and gently suction the air out of the memory foam. You can speed up the process by exerting some pressure on the mattress from your end.
Roll the Mattress Into a Ball
Once the mattress has been pressed down to its original shape, roll it from one end to the other. As the mattress is rolled up, the vacuum (which should still be left on) will pick up any leftover air and prevent any air from returning.
If you have an extra person, they can help you with the rolling, especially if the mattress is big.
Once the mattress has been rolled up, use the racket ropes to tie it, so it doesn’t unroll while transporting it. You can also use the extra duct tape to keep the straps in place.
Don’t stand the mattress up; keep it flat, so you don’t compromise it.
Storing your Memory Mattress
If you’re going on vacation or a business trip, it’s best to keep your mattress compressed. Compressing your memory mattress for storage is just as essential as compressing it for moving. It’s important not to keep it compressed for too long, so it doesn’t get damaged.
The most crucial factor, however, is to keep it properly stored.
How to store your memory mattress
It is critical to clean your mattress before compressing and storing it. There’s a good chance it’ll collect dust or moisture while it’s in storage, so it’s good to keep it clean. Remember that the less work you have to do when you get back or are ready to use it again depends on how clean you leave it.
Disinfect the surface:
It’s not enough to clean your mattress; you also need to get rid of any germs or bacteria by disinfecting and air drying it.
Compress and tie it.
Follow the steps outlined above to compress your mattress, and remove all the air. After you are done, tie it with a racket rope without folding it.
After you’re done, lay it flat in a room with good ventilation. Avoid these common mistakes when storing:
I am leaving it upright. It will develop a hunched shape if you leave it like this for too long.
Placing heavy objects on it. Since it’ll be there for a while, it may take the shape of such an object and retain the depression after inflating.
Leaving it in a very hot room. Extreme heat causes mattresses to sag and buckle.
Folding. While folding is optimal for transporting, since it won’t be folded for too long, it’s not advisable to fold your memory mattress for several days or weeks while storing, as you don’t want to compromise its shape’s integrity.
These steps guarantee your memory mattress’s safe compression and storage when judiciously followed.
With this, your memory mattress stands a chance to serve you for a long time.
Remember, as soon as you start to see a sag in your mattress, especially when it’s lasted over seven years; it’s time for a change.