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Make Your Mattress Survive Moving Day

When moving, we go to great lengths to make sure our belongings arrive in one piece. We individually wrap glasses and plates, we meticulously encase electronics in their original packaging, and we label boxes “fragile” until our Sharpies run out of ink.

But two of our most important belongings often go unprotected, and in the process, it arguably incurs the most damage.

We’re of course talking about our mattresses and box springs.

Since these are sturdy items that are unlikely to break if handled roughly, we don’t always think about protecting them. But in reality, moving an unprotected mattress or box spring is inviting all sorts of damage. Here are some examples:

Bed Bugs: Ever ask “how do bed bugs spread?” Unintentionally moving with bed bugs is one of the most common ways. While moving truck companies take measures to keep their trucks clean, bed bugs from a previous mover can still find their way into an unprotected mattress. Then they can hitch a ride into your new home, multiply, and wreak havoc on you, your family, and your pets.

Pollen: In the process of moving your mattress and box spring outdoors, it’s exposed to a higher amount of pollen than normal. If you have a pollen allergy, this can be a big problem since a mattress acts like a magnet for these sorts of particles. Then once you’re moved in, you’re sleeping with a concentration of allergens inches from your face.

Dust: As with pollen, a mattress and box spring moved outdoors and into a truck is exposed to a higher-than-normal concentration of dust. Dust allergy sufferers beware, as this can negatively impact your sleep.

Mold: Murphy’s Law, says it will be raining on moving day. And if your mattress gets rained on, or the moving guy spills his Mountain Dew on it, you’re inviting the chance for moisture to seep into the mattress fibers where mold can form. Mold spores are often powerful allergens and can be very difficult to remove from a mattress.

Dirt: In the course of a move, your mattress is likely to sit on the carpet, the ground, and the floor of the moving truck (which has been walked on countless times). Enough said.

Odors: Over its lifetime, a moving truck is likely to transport thousands of shoes, haphazardly washed cookware, old couches, and basket after basket of dirty laundry. Lock these things up in a hot box all day, and a truck can get smelly. You definitely don’t want these odors getting into your mattress.

Use a Mattress Cover for Moving

Plastic mattress bags are inexpensive, easy to install, and likely to withstand many of the bumps and spills that go along with a move. In our opinion, they are a moving must.

But for the ultimate in protection, we’d first suggest installing a 6-sided waterproof mattress protector and box spring cover…and then slide the plastic mattress bags over the top.

Why? Compared to plastic mattress bags, which often close with a flap and are ventilated with small holes, a mattress encasement offers a sealed zipper enclosure that completely blocks out bed bugs, water, and allergens. It practically guarantees that your mattress will arrive in the exact same condition it left.

The Ultimate Mattress Cover for Moving: Whether you’re moving or not, the following Protect-A-Bed products keep your bedding in top shape.

We hope this information is helpful for your next move!


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