If you have a long distance move scheduled this summer, then you may want to prepare for the move early so you are more than ready for your moving date. You probably understand that this means packing things up correctly and making sure that boxes are ready to go with bubble wrap and other types of cushioning materials.
As you prepare, you may dismantle your bed. However, many people fail to actually get their mattresses ready for the move. This is a mistake that can lead to mattress damage. Keep reading to learn about some tips that will help you prepare your mattress properly.
Clean the Mattress
You may know that your mattress is far from clean. However, you may know very little about the types of debris that may be lurking in your mattress. In general, your mattress contains skin cells, sweat, skin oils, and hundreds of dust mites. These things are held in almost every mattress and are relatively harmless. However, your mattress may also be infiltrated with hundreds of thousands of mold spores.
Mold spores are present in the air at all times and they will congest on the various surfaces of your home. When it comes to your mattress, the spores congest on the surface and also work their way into the deeper recesses of the fabric. Since mold spores feed on organic compounds, they can find a ready food source in the skin cells in the mattress.
The oils and the sweat provide the spores with the dampness they need to thrive. However, mold cannot form under normal circumstances because your body will disrupt the spores. During a long distance move, the mattress will remain undisturbed for some time and mold will finally have the opportunity to grow. Also, light levels will be fairly low.
To prevent the mold, you should try to kill as many of mold spores as possible. Start by using a vacuum cleaner with a HEPA filter to collect some of the spores. Attach the brush or hose attachment to the vacuum and use it across the entirety of the mattress. Afterwards, place one-half cup of isopropyl alcohol in a spray bottle with one-half cup water. Spritz your mattress lightly and then use a steam cleaner across the surface of the bed. The alcohol and the steam will both kill the mold spores.
Slip a solid cover over the mattress at this time to prevent new spores from clinging to your bed. An airtight allergy relief mattress cover is a good choice.
Box the Mattress
Once you have the mattress cleaned and protected with an appropriate cover, you will need to place your bed in a box. If you decide to pack and move your mattress without placing it in a box, then the mattress will bend. This can create permanent creases and dips in the surface of the bed. To avoid these sorts of things, purchase a mattress box and place the mattress inside.
Mattress boxes are typically telescopic cardboard boxes that can be adjusted to fit snug around the bed. You simply need to slip the two sides of the box over the mattress. This creates a seam in the middle that can be sealed with the assistance of packing tape.
Most mattress boxes are fairly sturdy, but you should make sure that you buy a box that has thick corrugated edges. Double corrugated sides are best if your mattress is a large queen or queen sized variety. This prevents the cardboard from collapsing under the weight of the mattress.
Once the box is packed, it should be placed in the moving truck so the long side of the mattress sits horizontally against the floor of the truck. The mattress should be secured against heavy pieces of furniture on all sides as well to keep the mattress from falling or bending while in transit. Also, make sure the mattress is removed from the back of the truck soon after reaching your destination and lay it flat on the floor of your new home. This will help to re-position the mattress filling material that may have shifted during the move.
To learn more moving or packing tips, contact companies like Midwest Moving & Storage, Inc.