What Should You Do With Old Mattresses? Read This First…

So we all know how exciting it is to get a brand new luxury mattress!  Maybe you’ve bought a new mattress online or have simply had enough of that old mattress that has had its day! 

But what should you do with an old mattress?

An old mattress can cause busy people a wealth of problems.

Will it get left to get rained on in your yard? Maybe it will just sit in your bedroom for weeks on end? Or will you find a new home or a new project for it?

In our helpful article, we will uncover all the important facts as to what you should do with an old mattress.

Let’s first start with the quick answer, so you can get started re-purposing, selling, or crafting your old mattress.

If mattresses are clean and in good condition, they can be taken back by your new mattress retailer. You can gift it or sell it. If a mattress is in poor condition, repurpose it in a craft project. Reliable recycling professionals will remove box springs and mattresses sometimes with a pick-up service option.

Ok so with the short answer in mind, let’s dive straight in with what you should do with an old mattress!

Can I dispose of my mattress with the trash?

Some people do try to cut up the mattress ( which believe me, is much harder than it sounds).

When we look at how mattresses are made ( which I will talk about later on) hacking through springs and other thick materials could be not only extremely difficult but could result in an accident.

Can I skip my old mattress?

Adding your mattress to a skip can also add to increasing landfill problems.

According to recent figures In 2018, the total generation of solid waste ( including mattresses) In the U.S. reached a whopping high of 292 million tons, which equated to 4.9 pounds per person per day.

Burning the individual components damages the environment and creates a fire hazard.

So what can you do with your old mattress if it’s in good clean condition?

Read on to find out.

Sell Old Mattress?

The first and most obvious way to safely dispose of an old mattress is to sell it. This, of course, only works if it’s fairly new and hasn’t become worn in any way. The likelihood of anyone buying an old stained mattress with springs poking through the cover is zero! Firstly make sure you have thoroughly cleaned and disinfected it.

Post some pictures on your local Facebook Marketplace or classifieds to find someone to collect locally.

“The first and most obvious way to safely dispose of an old mattress is to sell it.”

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Gift Old Mattress

Donating to a charity or others in need is a good use of an old mattress.

However, In the same way, as when you are selling one, it mustn’t have any serious wear and tear issues such as:

  • Rips
  • Tears
  • Stains
  • Mold
  • Holes
  • Bed bugs

For those of you wondering what you should do with an old mattress, it’s surprising to learn many thrift shops won’t take them.

Check with the store first

The Salvation Army, Furniture Bank, and other charities may accept the donation of your used mattress. Those that accept means a deduction in your income tax as an added perk.

Mattress must be stain-free for donating

This is not a sure bet for getting rid of your mattress, however, it must be free of stains to be accepted.

Additionally, many organizations such as Goodwill, won’t accept mattresses no matter how well they’ve been maintained.

However, if your mattress is in good shape, and a quality mattress, then it’s worth giving your local thrift store a call to find out.

If you’re lucky enough to find a center that accepts mattresses, be sure to ask them if they’ll pick it up from your home, as some offer free home pickup for larger items.

“It might surprise you to learn that many thrift shops won’t take old mattresses.”

New mattress company may  take it away

If you’ve had a new mattress delivered, the law requires that retailers offer the opportunity of removing the old mattress for their customers.

It’s worth noting that if there is a lot of wear or tear and damage then they are not obliged to offer that service.

This is because your old mattress could be seen as a health and safety risk.

No extra cost

This should be at no extra cost. However, with many purchasing new mattresses online these days, this doesn’t apply to distance sellers.

So we can understand a little more easily what you should do with an old mattress. Let’s explore how a mattress is made so you can see that it’s important to dispose of it carefully.

So if your mattress has seen better days? What can you do with it then?

Get crafty!

If your mattress has some serious wear issues, why not use it in your next craft project!

  • Garden trellis: Used springs make a great trellis for growing sweet peas or climbing veg.
  • DIY/craft organizer: Old box springs make a great backboard for your craft or DIY room. Just a can of spray paint you can transform them into a neat little organization station. Simply hang cups and buckets to hold all your craft or Small DIY supplies
  • Garden compost: Use a wood frame and any natural stuffings to create a compost corner in your yard
  • Birds nests: Repurposed bed springs make the cutest little bird nests! Fill with nesting material from a pet store and hang from a tree

So if you don’t have the time to start a craft project and are still wondering what you should do with an old mattress, read on!

Recycle it

By recycling your old mattress you are helping to reduce waste.

Recycling organizations such as The Mattress Recycling Council help to improve the recycling of old mattresses by developing important markets for mattress parts.

Since their inception, they have saved over 8.5 million cubic meters of landfill space.

Recycling your old mattress is one way of doing your bit to help the environment.

Whether an individual or a big organization such as universities or hotel chains, many companies can take away mattresses as part of an ongoing scheme.

Ok so now with some great ideas of what you should do with an old mattress, you might be wondering how to move it.

If you’ve had a brand new quality mattress delivered it’s out with the old!

Read on to find out!

How do I move a mattress?

So for anyone who is trying to move a mattress on their own, you will understand that mattresses can be tricky, to steer around confined areas such as bedrooms and stairwells.

Here are my best tips on how to move your old mattress safely.

Move mattresses in pairs where possible

  • I always recommend that it’s better to handle a mattress ( especially if it’s a larger king size) in pairs at least, if not as many hands as you can get!
  • You can hire professional mattress movers, but obviously, this is a costly process, especially if it’s just the mattress you need assistance with.

But if you do find yourself alone and needing to get rid of your old mattress, read on to find out our top tips.

Helpful equipment to get rid of a mattress

  • Straps or rope
  • Tape
  • Scissors
  • Bubble wrap
  • Mattress bag or cover
  • Dolly or cart
  • Moving blankets

And finally…

So I hope that’s given you lots of ideas of what you should do with an old mattress. Whether you get crafty, help out a local charity, or be greener with responsible recycling.

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