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Moving your house? Don’t want to hire U-Haul or another moving company to transport your memory foam mattress?
We have a comprehensive guide to compressing a memory foam mattress at home. The idea of compressing the mattress can seem like a monumental undertaking. You will be surprised to know that it is an easy DIY project.
Many mattresses are sold online rather than in traditional brick-and-mortar stores. The manufacturer came up with the concept of a “bed in a box” mattress.
A bed-in-a-box mattress is compressed in the production facility for easy and safe transport to customers. They squeeze the air out of the mattress, rolled up and packed in a box.
We will use the same method without expensive equipment.
Here is the list of things you need to compress a mattress at home.
- Mattress vacuum bag.
- Vacuum cleaner.
- Ratchet tires.
- Adhesive tape.
- Person to help you.
- Silica Packets (~100g) – Optional.
- Small plastic bag for flap for normal plastic mattress bag – Optional.
Steps to Deflate Memory Foam Mattress
Remove your Bedding:
Prepare your mattress for compression by removing all bedding, including pillows, sheets, comforters, blankets, and mattress protectors, except the mattress protector. It provides extra safety for your mattress.
Put the Mattress in Mattress Vacuum Bag:
There are two types of plastic vacuum bags for mattresses available. The most common ones are cheaper without a vacuum valve. These are storage bags for mattresses and can be used with a few adjustments to deflate the mattress.
Amazon has suitable vacuum bags for heavy mattresses with valves to squeeze the air out with a household vacuum cleaner. These are relatively more expensive ($20-$30) but save a lot of time and hassle. Mattress vacuum bags are available in all standard mattress sizes, so choose the right size mattress bag.
Place the mattress in a plastic bag with silica gel and seal it if it has a built-in seal. It is advisable to have the help of another person. To strengthen the seal, stick the seals together. Silica gel is optional and helps control the moisture in the bag.
Attaching the Valve:
You can skip this step if you purchased a valved mattress dust bag as mentioned in the previous step.
Carefully remove the valve from the small plastic vacuum bag. Cut the valve and attach the valve to the mattress bag by cutting the hole. Fix the hole with the valve by taping it well. Make sure it is completely airtight.
Vacuum Seal The Mattress Bag:
Time to suck all the air out of the mattress bag. Lay the mattress on the floor. Connect the suction hose of the vacuum cleaner or vacuum cleaner to the valve and start drawing in the air. As the sucking takes place, walk on the mattress to help expel the air.
Roll up and Strap the Mattress:
Within minutes, the memory foam mattress is compressed and ready to roll. This is a crucial step and ensures that your mattress remains compressed during transport.
Start rolling up the mattress from both angles with the help of another person. Once the mattress is rolled up, tie it down with tension straps.
Secure it properly.
Don’t just secure it with tape. Duct tape tends to lose its grip and the mattress may begin to unzip. Always remember that we compress the mattress at home and do not use industrial equipment to compress it. Ratchet straps are the best way to secure a rolled mattress