Mattress toppers can be a great alternative to buying an entirely new mattress. They can increase the comfort and support of your existing mattress and are easier to handle.
However, no matter how small they may appear to be compared to your mattress, they are often heavy and complicated to store, especially memory foam mattress toppers.
Cleaning a Mattress Topper
Before you put your memory foam mattress topper away, you should clean it. Don’t store your mattress topper with dust or stains as this can cause the growth of mold and mildew, and with the accumulated dust and skin particles, who knows what might happen by the time you decide to use it again.
Roll Your Memory Foam Mattress Topper
The first thing you should do after you clean your mattress topper and let it dry is to roll it up. Avoid folding it because folding puts too much pressure on the creases, which will eventually damage a delicate memory foam structure of your mattress topper.
Once you roll it completely, place it in a plastic bag and vacuum seal it to make it easier to store.
Find Storage Bag
To store a mattress topper, you can one of the plastic bags for moving mattresses. They may be a bit bigger, but they can work perfectly well for mattress toppers as well.
You can also use one of those vacuum sealed bags. These bags are usually smaller than bags for mattresses, but if your memory foam mattress topper is of the smaller size such as Twin then you can use them.
In addition, memory foam mattress toppers usually arrive compressed in their own vacuum storage bag. So, if you can find the original bag, you can reuse it and store your mattress topper with the help of it.
Do not store you mattress topper unless it has some sort of a protective wrapping around it. Without it, dust, bugs and other things can reach your mattress topper and get trapped in it.
This is especially true if you store it in a basement, attic, storage unit, or even a closet. No matter how clean it may seem to be, it is never clean enough and that’s why you should not risk storing your mattress topper there without properly protecting it previously.
So, How to Store a Mattress Topper With the Help of a Plastic Bag?
Once you remove your memory foam mattress topper from the bed, roll it up and place it in the bag. You can also remove the mattress topper cover if it has one and if it is removable and store it in a separate bag.
Use ratchet straps or the tie down straps to secure the mattress topper after you roll it up. They are not expensive, and they can help you have something to grab on when you take the topper to place it in a bag.
They will ensure that everything will stay in its place even if the bag and vacuum seal job doesn’t hold up.
Also, if you decide to use a regular mattress bag instead of the special sealed vacuum bag, you can use a duct tape to seal it. Choose one that is sticky, but not too much. It has to be high-quality enough to hold, but it should not be too sticky as this will make unwrapping the topper impossible without damaging the plastic bag.
Attach the vacuum hose to the valve on the vacuum storage bag, if you decide to use special vacuum bags, or put the hose through the opening in a bag.
Once the vacuum cleaner sucks out all the air from the bag, remove the hose, quickly twist the bag and use some tape to seal it properly and prevent the air from getting back inside it again.
How Long Can You Store a Mattress Topper?
To prevent large plumps and crevices from developing, you should remove the memory foam mattress topper from its bag every 6-7 months and allow it to air out and inflate.
But, most memory foam toppers will be just fine even if they stay compressed for longer periods. They are designed to withstand the pressure, and even if the crevices form on your mattress topper while it is stored, they will disappear after some time after the topper is inflated.