Most Americans enjoy their beauty sleep and get an average of nine hours of sleep each night. This is probably why most people don't mind splurging on a comfortable mattress in order to get a good night's sleep. Surprisingly, mattresses are much more fragile and delicate than what they may seem. They are easy to damage. If the internal mechanisms are affected, the damages are usually irreversible. When moving to another home, it's important to take extra precautions to pack your mattress properly for the move – especially if it's a long distance move.
Always Put a Cover On It
The surface of the mattress is vulnerable to tears. Once a mattress is torn, it's easy for the fluff inside to come pouring out. Even if you manage to stuff everything back in and repair the tear, the structural integrity of the mattress will be negatively impacted, and you might never get the same quality of sleep again. You also want to avoid accidentally spilling any liquids that may easily penetrate deep inside.
To prevent damages from accidents, always put a plastic cover overtop the mattress when you are moving it. Look for something that is waterproof and can be easily washed. The cover also protects your mattress from bed bugs, dust mites and other pests that may want to take advantage of the moving process and get onboard your mattress.
Lay the Mattress Flat and on an Even Surface
You might be tempted to simply toss the mattress into the moving truck without a second thought; however, this can actually damage the inner mechanisms of the mattress and how well it molds to your body. To prevent the inner springs from getting damaged, lay the mattress flat and on an even surface. If you stand the mattress upright, the paddings and coils inside may settle out of place causing your mattress to never feel the same again.
Avoid placing a lot of heavy items on top of the mattress as well since the pressure could also damage the springs. Most experts recommend placing the mattress on a huge piece of ply board, so that it lays flat on an even surface, and strapping it down on top of everything else. Make sure the mattress is secure, so it doesn't end up getting tossed around in the moving truck.
Never Fold the Mattress When Loading and Unloading It
Do your research ahead of time before you move. Get the exact measurements of the mattress and measure the doors and windows to see where you can fit the mattress through without having to fold it. Folding the mattress can alter its shape and structural integrity, and will almost always cause serious and irreparable damage that affects the sleeping surface negatively. The more you fold the mattress, the worse the damages become. In addition, these damages may not be covered under warranty because the defect is not due to the design of the mattress, but rather due to improper handling.
At times, the best way to move a mattress may be to hoist it through a large window. Make sure you are prepared and have notified the local movers regarding whether any special equipment or tools may be needed.
Don't risk ruining a good mattress – especially if you have enjoyed plenty of sleep on it already. Call an experienced local mover to help you with the move in order to reduce the risk of damaging anything. The professional movers can offer recommendations on what the best ways for moving the mattress may be based on the architectural styling of your home and the size of the mattress.