how to buy a used mattress safely

RE: Cleaning a Used Mattress Set Instead of buying the Goodwill mattress, could I make a suggestion? Try your local Rent-a-center type place and ask them about purchasing a mattress set.
RE: Cleaning a Used Mattress Set Our local Salvation Army sells new mattress sets.
I can think of all sorts of reasons I wouldn’t want a used mattress, the same reasons that make me bring my own pillow to a hotel room and two blankets (one to sleep on top of and one to have over me!).
Do you have a store near you that you could check out? Our bodies tend to "shape" our mattresses, kind of like shoes, not to mention having to worry about who had the mattress last.
Cleaning a mattress thoroughly of stains, germs, and odors may seem daunting.
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I just wondered what is the best way to "clean" this set when I get it? I plan on putting a mattress cover over the mattress once I clean it.
Any ideas would be greatly appreciated, Cookiepom RE: Cleaning a Used Mattress Set Please, if there is any way you could buy a new set, that is what I would do.
The reason for buying the display one was because it was a great deal, a $600 mattress for $335.
Can anyone tell me how to clean and disinfect a mattress given to me? Then I'll buy one of those mattress cases and mattress pad.
Oz on his tv show says to enclose your pillows and mattress with the zippered allergen covers which go all the way around! It traps the remaining mites inside.
I am going to buy a used mattress set from the local Goodwill store.
RE: Cleaning a Used Mattress Set I agree with laj.
This is a guide about cleaning a mattress.
I don't know about disinfecting a mattress but we have a vinyl allergy cover on our mattress and one on the box spring.
RE: Cleaning a Used Mattress Set Naw.

Last month we looked at some of the products you should always buy used – items like books, plates and video games, all of which cost a lot less on the secondhand market without any significant reduction in quality.
Some secondhand goods carry significant safety hazards, some wear down in quality after repeated use, and some are just plain gross.
If picturing a ring of Posturepedics around the planet isn’t enough to make you shudder, then maybe carcinogenic contamination will: Conventional mattresses contain toxic chemicals like flame retardants, formaldehyde, and phthalates, which can leach from the landfill into our drinking water.
So maybe your boyfriend’s impulse to save a mattress from a landfill death isn’t so loathsome, after all? As a friend who works in the hospitality industry recently pointed out, anyone who’s ever stayed a night in a hotel (whether it’s a Holiday Inn or the Four Seasons) has shared a bed with thousands of others before him.
Because they’re so insidious — surviving up to 18 months in the tiny cracks of wood furniture without so much as a morsel — many eradication experts recommend steering clear of secondhand furniture like upholstered chairs and wood dressers altogether, let alone used mattresses and box springs.
One company, Essentia, makes its petroleum- and VOC-free memory foam mattresses from natural latex, a renewable resource that comes from the rubber tree plant.
Then there’s the possibility of polluting our air with even more of these chemicals, since difficult-to-compress mattresses create flammable air pockets that can increase the risk of landfill fires.
If you do wind up with bed bugs and they spread to your other belongings, you’ll be sending more stuff to the landfill than just your mattress.
But when you consider that a conventional spring mattress needs to be replaced every five to seven years, you may decide that the long-term investment (for you and the planet) is worth it.
Brand-new mattresses can be expensive, and finding the right one for your comfort and style can require lots of research, such as price, quality, brand name and warranty information.
I’ve decided all this don’t use used mattresses makes about as much sense as buying a new mattress once a day.
The spotlight was the dangers of used mattresses as the titled stated, “Is It Safe To Use A Hand Me Down Mattress?” I was attempting to focus on used mattresses and whether or not they are safe to sleep in.
I hope you will research an old Dateline NBC expose’ on mattress recovering or (reupholstering old used mattresses and what happened to people that purchased them).
One big advantage for persons buying a used mattress is that they should have weathered the storm from potentially harmful VOC’s often found in new mattresses because they have had years to off gas.
After looking at a mattress under the microscope we think you would gracefully say no thank you to the free or cheap mattresses which can be so easily obtained.
However people are very much at risk when they sleep on other peoples used mattresses especially for people with the health issues I raised in my blog.
Landfills don’t want them, buyers of new mattresses don’t want them, and most people in general don’t want them yet people knowingly or unknowingly are taking the risk.
But I have heard no news of some sort of contagious disease being caught although every writing about this topic seems to talk in a way that says you will die if you foolishly sleep on a used mattress.
i'm 63 and have only bought 2 mattress' in my life.always careful who had them before and if they looked good and clean and the people were clean then i spray with a disinfectant.never had a prob;lem.
Not safe, even though they "flipped it" dust mites and other germs and pests have also made it their bed inside and there is no way to clean and disinfect it properly.
I agree with Terry B somewhat keep the bed get rid of the mattress and box spring you can not reuse them they don't comply with the new federal fire safety standards and they would not work for a new mattress.
If the people are clean and there is no reason to suspect livestock then I'm sure its quite safe.
Vacuuming the mattress will lift dust mites and using a steamer will kill them.
Mattresses are sold in sets for a reason especially the one sided mattresses they need the right support under them for better sleep health.
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Consumer Reports says a good, basic upright can be purchased new for less than $100, and that the fancy features that push prices higher often aren’t worth the extra cost.
If you want an all-new mattress, the Federal Trade Commission recommends looking for a tag that promises "all-new materials" and requiring that the retailer write the word "new" on the receipt.
Exception: You’re buying a refurbished model that comes with a warranty.
Exception: You’re buying a refurbished unit that comes with a warranty.
Some people would find advice on how to find a used mattress on Craigslist useful, and don’t need to plow through the 90% of comments that don’t offer such advice.
Yeah, I bought a mattress off of Craigslist a year ago from a fellow college student who had just used it for a year and was only selling it because it wouldn’t fit in the space she was moving into.
Those who get all defensive about people who wouldn’t touch a used mattress (or couch or X) with a 10-foot pole are also being judgmental.
I actually bought my pillow top mattress and matching box spring from Craigslist when I first moved out.
I wouldn’t buy a used mattress and can afford not to have to BUT after 9/11, when I had to live in a short term rental, I bought a used futon from the Super for $25.
I don’t think all the people who are saying they’d risk getting bed bugs for a free or used mattress have ever dealt with bed bugs.
two, I live 400 miles from an IKEA store, so the drive alone, plus the cost of a rental truck would have bumped up even the cheapest IKEA mattress to the cost of what I spent on a name brand pillowtop, in town, that i could borrow a truck for a pick up same day.
I’m a total snob about a lot of things, and I never would’ve bought a mattress of Craigslist myself, but my boyfriend got one on there.
Before the dawn of bed bugs I think people would have been more open minded to the idea of a used mattress.
I sold a mattress set on Craigslist about 5 years ago to a college kid who just couldn’t afford to buy one anywhere else.
I bought a mattress for my guest room off Craigslist.
Good for you that you’re wealthy, are fortunate to have super-clean friends/relatives who are just ready to get rid of a hardly-used mattress, are willing to go into debt, live near IKEA, or are a germaphobe.
Another poster had a good idea – check with relatives and friends before getting an old mattress from a stranger.
Lord only knows the history of the mattresses in some of those places, yet we inspect the sheets, sniff the blanket(sometimes) and crawl in! My own mattress is 10 years old and needs replacing.
I now know the importance of owning a great mattress, but what if I can’t afford one? So, it’s time to look to Craigslist again.
I understand that for many people the thought of using a mattress someone else used is gross, but for many of us it’s the only option and I’m not embarrassed about that.
The point a lot of people were making is that instead of buying a used mattress, save for one that is new and guaranteed to be bedbug-free.
Go Craigslist mattress! I recently moved across the country, and decided not to bring along my one piece of furniture.
Goodwill! They legally cannot sell used mattresses, so they sell factory-made scrap mattresses – meaning the sides of the mattress don’t match the top of the mattress…both of which will be covered by two layers of sheets, a blanket, and a duvet.
IKEA mattresses are a few hundred dollars… they are comfortable on their own, even moreso with a mattress pad.
And some people can’t sleep on their old mattress while they save up for a new one because their income just covers their living expenses without allowing anything to be put aside.
BED BUGS, over a year later and having gotten rid of absolutely everything she owned, I’m of the thought process that a new mattress from a reputable dealer and even then using a bug bag are the best options.
Everything for $100… thinking I would buy a new top mattress in a couple years when I could afford a better one, 4 years later and I still don’t really have the extra cash… but this article is reminding me to put that closer to the top of my list.
the second mattress i purchased from craigslist, i actually DID have the means to purchase new from a store.
This article has good tips on how to go about getting a good mattress deal if used is what you’re looking for.
It’s obvious from the article why she wouldn’t get the cheapest ikea mattress possible.
I think everyone is a little wary of buying something like a mattress of of Craigslist.
When I was just out of college and needed a mattress, I found a free one on Craigslist.
Our mattress was not from craigslist (though we totally would) but from a used furniture store.
Be wary of bed bugs: Check the mattress for tell-tale signs of bed bugs — small red or brown spots and other signs of the little critters.
In this economy, some (most?) people can’t just fork over $600+ dollars for a mattress.
I apologize for being "that person" but I think buying a used mattress from a stranger is really gross.
I find it interesting so many people will buy anything else used except a mattress.
And frankly, the defensiveness of many of those who don’t like reading (legitimate) opinions from those who wouldn’t buy a used mattress seem to indicate that they have some sort of inferiority complex.
I didn’t realize I was marked as such a poor person just by buying a used mattress.
They were just trying to get rid of their barely used, good quality spare bedroom mattress.
I got a brand new mattress on Craigslist for $75 and it was the best decision I’ve made.
We have been on the same one for 20 years (11 with my husband & 9 more growing up!), but we’re waiting until we move to a bigger space to splurge on a Tempurpedic or organic mattress.
I wouldn’t buy a used mattress but I sleep in hotel rooms all the time.
In my opinion, if you buy used, zip a mattress cover over it, throw on your own *BRAND NEW* sheets, maybe add a topper for extra cush if you wish, and enjoy youre new bed.
My first mattress when I moved out of my parents’ home was a freebie that someone was getting rid of.
Luckily I have compiled some tips for the terrifying task of finding a mattress on Craigslist.
She wasn’t ready to give it up til her moving date, but we went to "meet" our new mattress in advance, no pressure to buy on the first date.
I could afford a fancy new mattress, but I’m the sort of person who would sleep on hardwood if left to my own devices.
We spend such a huge part of our lives sleeping on our beds, it’s important that we get the best mattress possible, right? Sometimes it’s a bit hard to afford an amazing mattress.
Veto-ing the craigslist mattress advice.
It is amazingly nice, and a million times better than a cheap ikea mattress, and we still got to buy groceries and pay our rent.
In fact, we both work on our feet all day, so when we go home we want to lie down on a nice comfortable mattress.
I guess if you got a good mattress cover to enclose it, that would be fine but it would be a last resort.
PS: after reading the comments, I might actually print this out and keep in mind for future mattress buys.
I bought a king-sized mattress set from a rummage sale years ago for $50.
the one thing I would NEVER buy off craigslist is a used mattress.
I am just so paranoid about bedbugs (Vancouver has a huge problem) and probably was lucky enough to have friends who got rid of their mattress in time.
Not so different from buying a real mattress, I’d think, depending on who the sofabed came from (for all I know it was used as the primary bed beforehand, too).
At the end of the day, no one sees your mattress, so if its comfortable and its in great shape, then it doesn’t matter where you got it or how much you spent.
Want to know why? Those who can’t afford a mattress are not picky about taking one off the street in a nice neighborhood.
I imagine that if this article substituted the word "sofa," "chair," or "rug" for "mattress" there wouldn’t be such an uproar.
It seems wasteful to suggest buying a new just-for-now mattress since it seems from this thread that it might be hard to unload a used mattress later.
About a year ago I asked How Do I Make a Futon Work as a Bed? Hilariously enough, you all told me to never try and use a futon mattress over a regular mattress.
Look, I’ll be perfectly honest…we have a mattress from Craigslist.
Even renting a rug doctor and getting the mattress to your apartment is more of a painful experience than a mattress on sale w/ free delivery.
I once sold a mattress that was in my guest bedroom…which got minimum usage…the buyer said it was for his inlaws who are staying with him while they are renovating the house.
We ended up paying 60 bucks for a nice, comfy double pillow top mattress and box spring.
It was $20 for the mattress, box spring (also great, clean condition), and wheeled frame.
I wouldn’t buy a mattress on CL now, because I make enough money to go out and buy a new one if needed.
Maybe if someone is really broke they could buy a (new) memory foam pad and sleep on the floor or couch until they save up enough to get a new mattress.
If I ever decide to sell it, I will be sure to post proof of my mattress protector, as well! Really helps put fears to rest.
For all the New Yorkers afraid of bed bugs, don’t you have a bed bug cover on your mattress anyway? I would rather buy a mattress from someone who will let you into their home and look you in the eye than a Sleepy’s salesman.
He met the couple who was selling their one year old mattress…they were a young couple like us, and she just hated how stiff it was.
I don’t know… We’ve even had bed bug problems in the past, but I just don’t feel like a new mattress is worth all of that trouble and waste of getting rid of an old one.
It’s much nicer and more comfortable than any new $99 Ikea mattress.
His posting included picture proof of the super high-quality mattress protector that had been on it since day one.
I’ll admit, I never once regretted spending $600 (when I was in college too!) on the mattress, but knew I could make it happen in CA without it.
I don’t think there is anything wrong with buying a 2nd hand mattress, if you know what to watch out for.
But all that goes out the window when you start buying mattresses over Craigslist.
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In some states, used mattresses can only be resold if they’ve been disinfected and covered in new ticking (fabric).
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They wear out in peculiar ways, they can be infested with bed bugs or other vermin, and fluids from other people may have seeped through.
It’s not a pretty website, but it has effectively replaced newspaper classified ad sections as the clearinghouse for swapping goods amongst—at least ostensibly—private parties.
Now if it was from my own family I might think about it if I was really hard up for a mattress, but I am not sleeping on some stranger’s dead dust mites, dust mite poop, and dead skin cells that the dustmites didn’t eat.
Dead skin cells? What, do you sleep directly on the mattress? Everyone should have a mattress cover on their mattress that keeps it clean, and that is washed periodically, and of course sheets.
I currently sleep on a "used" mattress in the house where I live, my best friend’s house, since the room I rent was formerly his guest room.
It is a terrible waste to throw out a used mattress that is in good shape, especially as much as mattresses cost.
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Bedbugs are not very quick, so a fresh sheet offers temporary resistance, and any newly attached eggs will be destroyed.
Reason #2: You may chase the bedbugs into other rooms and deeper into furniture and wall voids.
If you move your pillow, blanket, or stuffed toy to another room to sleep, whether in another bed or a couch, you risk spreading the problem.
We offer these tips so you don’t inadvertently cause harm; however, do not let the temporary lessening of bites lull you into thinking the bedbugs are gone.
Not only will you still have your bedbugs, but the expense of replacing the furniture and paying for treatment as well.
Alcohol kills on contact, but it does not remain on the surfaces to continue killing bedbugs.
You risk dropping bedbugs and eggs with every step you take with them, AND it will not get rid of the problem.
Although there are some pests that homeowners can tackle on their own, bedbugs are one pest that should be handled by professionals, and in a timely manner.
It’s time to throw away things you will probably never use again, but remember, anything removed should be inside plastic bags before they leave the infested room.
These are no substitute, but they may reduce the number of bites and confine the spread of bedbugs.
The decisions you make while researching your treatment options or preparing your home for treatment can make a dramatic difference in keeping the bedbug infestation from getting worse, so consider the following before you act.
When removing the sheet, roll it down instead of pulling it off, put it in a plastic bag to transport to the laundry room, and wash in hot water right away.
Car seats not only expire but also are unusable once they have been in a car accident where injuries occurred, the air bags deployed, the vehicle door nearest the seat was damaged or the car was unable to be driven away from the scene according to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration.
Safety related recalls of baby gear happen often and reusing recalled items pose a danger to your new baby.
Baby mattresses are also subject to recalls and have been improved to better fit in cribs that reflect newer safety standards.
Buying new and verifying that the items you purchased meet or exceed current safety regulations can help reduce the risk to your baby.
Many cribs have been recalled due to a wide variety of problems all of which can cause injury to your new baby.
The Consumer Product Safety Commission has issued 11 recalls that affected 7 million different cribs as of May 2010 according to the Digital Journal.
Buyers can find a used double mattress that has plenty of life left in it and offers the proper level of support.
To make sure buyers are purchasing a good quality used double mattress, there are a number of features that need to be look for.
Buyers can search for a double mattress from the eBay homepage and then narrow down their search results using the filters that are available.
For those on a budget it is ideal, allowing them to buy a double mattress that offers the correct level of comfort and support.
An affordable alternative is to buy the cheapest new double mattress that can be found, but this may not offer the best level of support.
After purchase, buyers are advised to give their used double mattress a thorough clean before use.
When cleaning a used double mattress, it is important not to let it get too wet, as mattresses take a very long time to dry.
Buying a used double mattress is a great way to purchase a high quality mattress without spending a small fortune.
Other people find that soft mattresses make them uncomfortable, so they require a firmer mattress.
Some people rest better on a soft mattress that they sink into; that cradles the body gently and offers minimal rigidity and support.
There are a number of aspects of the used mattress that should be examined to make sure that it is of good quality, such as signs of wear and tear, stains, and bed bugs.
Many people who purchase a used double mattress choose to clean it before they use it for reasons of hygiene.
If any springs can be felt when sitting or laying on the mattress, then it is near the end of its life and should be avoided: a mattress with springs poking through and digging into the sleeper is likely to cause discomfort and a poor night’s sleep.
Although they last for a long time, they do not offer as much support as other types of mattress.
If the buyer has any questions about delivery options or any features of the mattress, such as the size or type, then they can contact the seller using the "Ask a question" link.
I know there is a place on the internet to check what the current crib safety standards are (b/c I looked at it when considering this crib), but I can’t remember what is is… I know some of the standards were that the slats should be very secure and should be no more than 2 3/8" apart (you shouldn’t be able to put a soda can between them), they shouldn’t have any posts that stick up that the baby could get caught on (when standing) and they need to have at least 2 positions, so you can lower it when the baby is standing.
Check the crib and replace any missing parts, such as screws, bolts or mattress support hangers, before placing your child in it.
To reduce the risk of Sudden Infant Death Syndrome (SIDS) and prevent suffocation, put your baby to sleep on his/her back in a crib on a firm, flat mattress.
Use a crib that meets Federal safety regulations and industry voluntary standards (ASTM) and make sure it has a tight fitting mattress.
After a crib is moved, be sure all mattress support hangers are secure.
Granted I’m a little disappointed in the quality of the mattress since it started cracking so soon (and DD is not an active sleeper or a crib jumper) however, I was very impressed with their warranty and customer service.
Hi, everyone! We have a 6 year old Delta Luv crib and Kolcraft coil spring mattress.
Make sure that you remove crib gyms and mobiles from the crib when your baby is 5 months old or begins to push up on hands and knees.
This is really helpful, thank you! Our newly acquired Pack ‘n Play has been passed down by quite a few friends in our community, and I don’t imagine it’s ever been washed so I look forward to getting started on the cleaning! I did have a question, though: what are the active ingredients of Basic G & H? I couldn’t find it listed on the website.
That is why it is so handy to have Basic G, because it is a color-safe germicide … so you can kill germs and still have a pretty pack ‘n play.
Thanks for the share! I have been researching ways on How To Kill Bedbugs and it seems the most effective way is to steam clean the infected area.
Putting clothing in a dryer on high heat may kill bedbugs depending on duration and heat level, but that isn’t a guarantee (and of course doesn’t work with all clothing).
I have been shopping in thrift stores and buying upholstered furniture and rugs from them since before most slog commenters were born, and I have never had a problem with bed bugs.
The article makes it sound like bedbugs are this super easy thing to deal with, but there’s a reason people freak out about them: They are NOT an easy thing to deal with, not in the slightest.
Leave the furniture in the garage for a few days? For what? To make yourself feel better? Bedbugs aren’t that easy, chief.
I’ve been a thrift shopper for my entire adult life, and I’ve learned enough to know that if you follow certain rules—wash the shit you buy before you wear it, people!—you’ll be fine.
Thanks for the plug, Paul! Clarity to people who think we think we’re pest control experts or whatever: in light of bedbugs, these are general tips for not fucking your shit up.
You don’t have to wash things first (in fact, it’s probably better if you don’t, because the heat won’t be wasted evaporating the water), and many thing that you would normally dry clean (or that you wouldn’t wash in hot water) can go directly in the dryer.
@6: While there are obvious signs of infestation a trained eye can spot in some furniture, the absence of such does not mean the furniture is free of bedbugs.
There is _NO_ safe way to visually inspect furniture and tell it is free of bedbugs.

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