Many people struggle to know what to do with older items found throughout their home. Mattresses are one of the most commonly found items in landfills across the country, simply because many homeowners don’t know what else they can do with their old one. Our team at Mattressville have helped many clients find ways to repurpose their old mattresses and in this latest post, we’ll explore a few alternative uses for mattress products.
Donate to a Local Charity
One great option for those looking to repurpose their old mattress is to donate it to a local charity. Charities such as the Salvation Army now take old mattresses and can use them to help those less fortunate find a comfortable mattress for their home. Before donating the mattress, make sure that it has been professionally cleaned and ready for use by others.
Give it to a Recycling Center
Recycling is now one of the most effective ways of returning natural materials back into the manufacturing industry. You can take your old mattress to the recycling center for it to be reused in the future. The good news is that up to 90% of the material in all mattresses is recyclable, so one mattress can provide a lot of material.
Give the Mattress to a Homeless Shelter
If you’re wondering how best to make space for your new mattress, you might consider donating the old one to a homeless shelter. Homeless shelters across the country are desperate for beds for their guests, and so it’s important that you consider this option carefully when evaluating how to use your old mattress.
Donate it to an Animal Shelter
Another option could be to donate your old mattress to an animal shelter. Animals appreciate being comfortable just as much as we do, and you can make their stay in a shelter a little more comfortable with your mattress. Make sure you call animal shelters in your area to find out whether they could use a mattress for their facility.
Use it to Protect the Kids
With your kids likely to go exploring and venture up trees and over climbing frames, you could make effective use of the mattress as a safety tool. Simply place your old mattress below the high climbing point popular among your children and rest assured that if they do happen to fall, they’ll have a comfortable landing. Remember to check the mattress every few weeks for signs of insects or mold, as this could become a safety hazard over time.
Create a Compost Pile
You might also consider using the old mattress to create a compost area in your backyard with both the wood frame of the bed and the stuffing inside the mattress. The wood frame can be used to create the bin for the compost. Then, once the compost is placed, you can use the foam padding or the cotton stuffing within the mattress to cover and protect the compost from the elements. This keeps the pile warm and helps to accelerate the composting process. You may even use the stuffing from the fabric as a way to keep weeds out of the garden, offering the ideal addition to your garden space.
Tips for Maintaining Your New Mattress
Now that you have removed your old mattress from the home, it’s important you take good care of your new one. Our team can help guide you with the maintenance process. Let’s look at a few tips for maintaining your mattress.
Keep the Mattress Dry
Your mattress will stay in the ideal condition longer if you can keep it dry. This means protecting the mattress from sweat and making sure the surface of the mattress is separated from your body at all times. Try to use a mattress cover when possible in order to protect the mattress and ensure that it isn’t impacted by moisture. If you do find your mattress becomes damp over time, ensure you turn the fan on in your room in order to help cool the material and mitigate the potential damage.
Remove Stains When They Happen
Staining can happen at any time and so it’s important that you remove the stain the moment it occurs. Food stains from breakfast in bed can be a particular problem if you don’t remove the stain immediately.
Vacuum the Mattress
Vacuum the mattress every few weeks to ensure the surface is clean. The process will remove much of the dust and other elements from the surface of the mattress and allow you to rest comfortably. Remember to focus your energies on the cracks and crevices around the seam of the mattress. This is where you’re likely to find the dust that has settled over months of use.
Consider Using Essential Oils
Essential oils can be a great way to keep your mattress smelling its best over time. For example, lavender essential oil has been known to help calm the mind and help you to sleep peacefully and soundly. Simply dissolve 6 to 10 drops of lavender oil in an atomizer and spray a small amount on your mattress. You’ll find the smell makes an immediate difference to your sleep quality. Remember to check the essential oil product you use for allergens.
Protect the Mattress from Excitable Children
Your kids would love to be able to bounce on the mattress anytime they want. But unfortunately, this can cause a number of issues and possibly damage the structure of your bed. Tell children to use a trampoline or an old mattress outside rather than the new mattress for their bouncy castle.
Make Sure the Bed Frame Includes Center Supports
Over time, your mattress will begin to sink and lose its structural integrity if you don’t have center supports. Ensure the frame of your bed is built with a support structure in the center to mitigate potential damage to the frame and to the mattress over time.