When it’s time to get rid of your old mattress, there is a right way to do it. Mattress removal doesn’t have to be a #fail.
No one ever said disposing of a mattress was easy. Mattresses begin their lives as heavy and cumbersome objects, and they only get heavier over the years. In this article, we’ll explore six things you should avoid when it comes time to get rid of one. Your mattress may have served you well, but once it has outlived its usefulness, you’ll want to think carefully about how to dispose of it.
Improper disposal of a mattress can harm the environment or even other people. Not everyone is a good candidate to receive your used possessions. While your old mattress may be annoying, it is still important that disposal is handled in a responsible fashion.
Check out our mattress disposal guide for all the right ways to dispose of your mattress.
#1–Expecting to “Cash In” on a Sale
You may think that you can pick up a little extra cash by selling your mattress. It’s a great idea on paper. But as many people have discovered, selling a mattress can be tough.
Think about the Practicalities
People don’t want to go and pick up a used mattress, lug it across town and then up several flights of stairs into their homes. Usually taking someone’s “free” mattress isn’t so free after all because it involves renting a truck and finding another person to help carry.
Instead of choosing a quality mattress that is used, most people will simply opt for a cheaper mattress that is new but comes with free delivery. In short, you’re not likely to recoup much of your mattress’s purchase price, but check out these tips to earn money by recycling.
#2–Relying on a Free Sign
Just as selling your mattress can be difficult, the same holds true for giving a used mattress away. Even a Free sign sitting next to a mattress in your yard is no guarantee that your mattress will disappear. It probably will mean that you’ll just have to lug it back inside.
Don’t Make More Problems for Yourself
Keep in mind that once you put your used mattress outdoors, it is exposed to animals, insects, dirt, trash, a wide variety of allergens, and the weather. If you think your old mattress is unpleasant now, just wait until it has been outside for a few days! Find out what really happens when you leave an old mattress by the curb.
Putting your mattress outside with a Free sign is risky. If no one takes your free mattress, then you may be stuck with a very dirty (and even wet) mattress that still has to be disposed of in some fashion.
#3–Giving Your Mattress to a Friend or Relative Without a Truck
Transporting a mattress is not easy. If you give your mattress to a friend or relative without a truck, then that party will have to rent a truck or go through the hassle of finding someone with a truck to assist.
Mattresses are Heavy!
Mattresses actually get heavier the longer you use them. The reason for this is that they collect everything from dead skin cells, body oils, and secretions to insects and mites. Old mattresses can be nothing short of gross. Mattresses don’t get better with age. Instead they only get heavier!
In short, it might sound like a great idea to give your mattress away to a friend or relative, but it is often more trouble than it is worth. Keep in mind that if there are problems with your mattress or they injure themselves trying to move it, you could actually damage your relationship with the person who receives your used mattress.
#4–Dumping Your Mattress
While it is true that many recycling services won’t take mattresses, this is not an excuse to just drop one off at the landfill. Sadly, every day hundreds of mattresses can be dropped off in just one landfill, and this leads to an overwhelming amount of waste. Don’t contribute to this growing problem for our environment.
The people who operate landfills hate mattresses because it is difficult to compact them with the rest of the trash. Mattress springs can even damage and break their compacting equipment.
Many mattresses are loaded with metals and may contain compounds that can harm the environment. Dumping a mattress is irresponsible and should be avoided. There are many other options for getting rid of your mattress, so don’t embrace this socially irresponsible path!
#5–Burning a Mattress
We hope you’ve never even considered getting rid of your mattress by burning it! If that idea has ever crossed your mind, definitely try to erase that concept from your memory immediately.
Think About Your Safety
Most mattresses contain, or are even made from, an array of chemicals. Flame retardant chemicals are in almost all mattresses sold in the United States. If you were to set that mattress on fire, it would mean that those chemicals would be released into the air.
Once in the air, the chemicals found inside a mattress don’t magically disappear. Instead, they will likely come down in rainfall and eventually make their way into the water supply and even the food we eat. Burning a mattress releases toxic fumes that can harm you, your lungs, and those around you.
If that’s not enough to convince you, remember that any fire can quickly get out of control. A burning mattress would cause rather large flames that could spread to the rest of your house. Avoid burning a mattress at all costs!
#6–Giving Away a Mattress with Problems
Just as it is unethical to dump a mattress in a landfill, it is also unethical to “dump” a mattress on a person or charity when you know the mattress has serious problems, such as bed bugs, gross stains, or strong odors.
Charities Can’t Use Gross Mattresses
Charities can’t use damaged mattresses, so don’t try to get rid of a mattress by giving it to a charity unless you know it is in good shape and free of problems.
A charity will have to evaluate your mattress and then potentially get rid of it at a future date. Going through this process will actually sap valuable time and reduce the effectiveness of the charity to help others.
If you have a mattress with known problems, such as bed bugs or odors from smoking, then passing that problem to someone else will just pass along that headache. The last thing you want is for your used mattress to cause other people discomfort or even harm. Keep in mind that used mattresses frequently go to those without the funds to buy a new mattress on their own.
Mattress with Odors
If there is a smoker in your family, then your used mattress very well might smell like cigarettes. Memory foam mattresses, in particular, tend to absorb odors because they are so porous.
You could try covering the mattress with baking soda and letting it sit for a day or two. Sometimes this process can help make cigarette odors disappear. But even if the smells begin to dissipate, it is important to be transparent and share that the mattress once belonged to a smoker.
Also, remember that you shouldn’t give your used mattress away to individuals with serious allergies or medical problems. Your mattress should become a source of comfort, not pain, for someone else.
Getting Rid of Your Mattress the Right Way
One of the best options for disposing of a mattress is to work with LoadUp, the on-demand junk removal company. LoadUp comes directly to your home, and we properly dispose of every mattress we receive.
You’ll know that your mattress has been recycled and that the harmful compounds contained within it have not been released into the environment. When handled incorrectly, a mattress is potentially a source of environmental contamination. Dispose of your mattress properly, and give yourself a pat on the back for doing the right thing.
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