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What Should I Cover My Mattress With When Moving?

What Should I Cover My Mattress With When Moving?

Hello, I am an expert who has been in the mattress manufacturing industry for many years. Today, I'm going to share on the topic of how to properly protect your mattress during a move. This is an often overlooked but extremely important topic. Whether your mattress is a traditional innerspring mattress, a memory foam mattress, or one of the newest fads, Hybrid Mattresses, the right way to protect it is the key to making sure it stays safe and sound during your move.

1. Why Protecting Your Mattress is Important

Firstly, we need to understand why it is so important to protect your mattress during a move. A mattress is more than just a sleeping tool, it's about the quality of our sleep and our health. During the moving process, mattresses are susceptible to dust, moisture and even physical damage. A mattress that isn't properly protected is likely to fail to provide its original level of comfort and support in its new home. Therefore, investing the time and effort to properly pack and protect your mattress is well worth it.

2. Choosing the right mattress protection material

Now let's discuss how to choose the right mattress protection material. Different types of materials are suitable for different needs and budgets.

Plastic Covers

Plastic covers are an affordable and universally available option. Their main advantages are that they are waterproof and easy to carry. However, please note that as plastic covers are usually not breathable, prolonged use may result in a damp mattress. It is recommended to remove them as soon as possible after the move is over.

Fabric Covers

If you are more concerned about the breathability of your mattress, then cloth covers may be a better option. Although they are slightly more expensive, they can be reused and provide better airflow through the mattress. This is especially important for materials like memory foam mattress.

Specialised Moving Covers

Specialised moving covers are a premium option designed for moving. They are usually stronger, offer extra protection and are particularly suitable for higher value mattresses such as mattress in a box. Although they cost more, it's a worthwhile investment to make sure your mattress stays intact during the moving process.

Next, we'll discuss how to properly use these materials to pack your mattress. Make sure to keep reading to learn effective ways to protect your valuable mattress.


3. Step-by-Step Guide: How to Properly Cover Your Mattress

Covering your mattress properly is key to protecting it from damage. Let's take a step-by-step look at how to do this.

  • Clean the mattress: Before you start packing, make sure the mattress is clean and completely dry. This will prevent moisture and mould.
  • Choose the right size: Choose the right size cover for your mattress. A cover that is too large or too small will not provide adequate protection.
  • Packing Tips: First, place the mattress on a flat surface. Then, starting at one end of the mattress, smoothly slide the protector over the entire mattress. Make sure that the protector covers every corner of the mattress evenly and leaves no uncovered portion.

Covering the mattress properly is just the beginning of the protection process. Next, we'll explore more tips for mattress protection when moving to ensure your mattress stays in tip-top shape during your move. Read on for more useful moving tips.

4. Additional Mattress Moving Tips

In addition to covering your mattress correctly, there are a few additional tips that can help ensure your mattress is safe during the moving process.

The best way to move a mattress

  • Moving a mattress can be safer and easier with mattress moving straps. These straps help to distribute the weight of the mattress, reducing the risk of injury during the move.
  • Try to keep the mattress upright for handling. This reduces the amount of space it takes up while avoiding bending or warping the mattress.

Storing and placing the mattress

  • In the moving vehicle, place the mattress in the proper position to ensure it doesn't get crushed or bent by other items.
  • Upon arriving at your new home, the first thing you should do is place the mattress in its intended bedroom. Avoid leaning the mattress against a wall or placing it in a damp area.

Disposal of bedding

  • Remove and individually pack all bedding, such as sheets and bedding, prior to the move.
  • Consider using vacuum compression bags to store bedding. This not only saves space, but also protects them from dust and moisture.

Next, we'll answer some common questions about mattress protection when moving. These answers will help you better prepare for the moving process and ensure your mattress is safe and secure.

5. Frequently Asked Questions

Here are some common questions you may have about mattress protection during your move. Let us answer them one by one.

1. The best way to protect your mattress

My advice on how to best protect your mattress is to use specialised moving covers. They offer the best protection, especially for mattresses made of sensitive materials such as mattress in a box or memory foam mattress. These covers protect against scratches, dirt and other potential damage.

2. What to do with bedding

When moving, I recommend removing all bedding from the mattress and packing it separately. Using vacuum compression bags not only saves space, but also keeps your bedding clean and tidy.

3. Do movers offer mattress protection

Many movers do offer mattress protection, but this usually comes at an additional cost. I recommend that you enquire about such services in advance when choosing a moving company and consider preparing your own mattress protection to ensure maximum safety and protection.

We're coming to the end of our discussion, but before we do, I'd like to summarise the key points of our discussion and encourage you to share your own moving experiences and tips in the comments section. Read on for more useful information.



In this article, we've explored in detail how to properly protect your mattress when moving, from choosing the right protective material to practical packing and moving tips. We learnt that choosing the right protective material, whether it's a plastic cover, a cloth cover or a specialised moving cover, is vital to ensure that your mattress is protected from damage during the moving process. At the same time, we've highlighted the best practices you should follow when moving and storing your mattress.

With this article, you should be able to better understand and prepare for mattress protection during your move. I encourage each reader to share their own moving experiences and tips for protecting their mattresses in the comments section. Your experience may help make the moving process smoother for others.

Finally, if you're interested in topics such as mattress maintenance or choosing the right mattress, please visit our blog for more information. We are committed to providing you with valuable and useful content to help you enjoy a better night's sleep. Thank you for reading, and we hope your move is a safe and smooth one!


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Q1: What are the main risks to a mattress during a move? 

A1: The main risks include exposure to dust, moisture, and physical damage such as tears or deformation. Proper protection is essential to prevent these issues.

Q2: Is a plastic mattress cover the best option for moving? 

A2: Plastic covers are a good, cost-effective option as they provide waterproof protection. However, they are not breathable, so they should be removed soon after the move to prevent moisture buildup.

Q3: How do fabric mattress covers compare to plastic ones? 

A3: Fabric covers are more breathable than plastic, making them better for long-term storage and protection. They are reusable but generally more expensive and less waterproof.

Q4: What is a specialized moving cover, and is it worth the cost? 

A4: Specialized moving covers are designed specifically for moving mattresses. They offer robust protection and are ideal for high-value mattresses like "mattress in a box" types. While more expensive, they are often worth the investment for optimal protection.

Q5: How should I prepare my mattress before putting on the cover?

 A5: Clean and dry the mattress thoroughly to prevent mold and odors. Ensure it's completely dry before covering it.

Q6: Can I use regular household items to cover my mattress? 

A6: While you can use household items like sheets or tarps, they may not offer comprehensive protection against moisture and physical damage like specialized mattress covers do.

Q7: Should I keep my mattress horizontal or vertical during a move? 

A7: It's generally best to keep the mattress vertical during transport to save space and prevent bending or folding, which can damage the mattress.

Q8: How should I handle and store my bedding during the move? 

A8: Remove and pack all bedding separately, ideally in vacuum-sealed bags, to save space and protect them from dust and moisture.

Q9: Do moving companies typically provide mattress protection? 

A9: Some moving companies offer mattress protection services, but it might come at an additional cost. Always check with your moving company beforehand and consider preparing your own protective measures.

Q10: How soon should I remove the mattress cover after moving? 

A10: Remove the mattress cover as soon as possible, especially if it's plastic, to allow the mattress to breathe and prevent any moisture buildup.

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