How To Remove Your Old Mattress

Posted by Brenan Okumu on

When a mattress has reached its limit, it’s time to cut ties and get a new one. Before getting a new mattress, the old mattress must be disposed of properly. Now mattress removal, no matter where you live, can be a bit of a hassle. To prevent this hassle, we’ll let you know the many different ways of disposing of an old mattress before you give yourself a headache. 

Now when it comes to getting rid of an old mattress, there are many options. Automatically, your immediate thought might be to throw out the mattress but that doesn’t need to happen nor is it always the best, especially for the environment. Each year, almost 18.2 million mattresses are thrown out and this isn’t beneficial for the environment. As stated before, there are other disposal options which are both environmentally friendly and time efficient. 

Time for a New Mattress 

Now maybe you think your mattress is fine and you don’t need to get a new mattress. Before you keep your current mattress, here are some signs that a change might need to occur. 

  • Does your Mattress have a foul order?
  • Is there a sag or lump in the mattress? 
  • Are there rips or tears in the mattress? 
  • Does the mattress make noise when it didn’t before?
  • Are you starting to wake up with stiffness or aches and pains? 
  • When changing your bed, are there visible stains? 

These are just a few examples and depending on the severity, it may be time to get a new mattress.

 1. State Recycling Program

When starting out disposing of the mattress, one of the first things you need to do is research your state’s recycling efforts. Each state has different recycling laws and programs when it comes to old mattresses. As we stated before, you can avoid a hassle by simply being informed on the programs offered by your state. 

For example, states like California, Rhode Island, and Connecticut have recycling laws and programs in place where not too much is required on your part. Again, check your state’s recycling laws and see what exactly is offered by your state and how your state laws can work in your favor. 


2. Warranty 

Before doing away with your old mattress, you need to remember that you’ll need something new to replace. Above we went over some of the reasons that might have you in line for a new mattress. If you have an issue with the mattress, one option that is always available to you is the warranty. The first thing you can do is check the warranty. Your issue might be covered under the warranty. 

Follow up with the brand that your mattress is sponsored by and verify if the issue is indeed covered under the warranty. If you enjoyed your mattress prior to the issue or early on when you first had it, you might be eligible for a replacement mattress under the warranty. Unless you want a completely different mattress, this is a great option. Also, keep in mind, companies normally will handle the removal of the current mattress as they ship out the replacement. 


3. Mattress Donation

Sometimes the mattress we are trying to get rid of is still in good shape and can be used by someone else. In this case, donating the mattress is a viable option. Maybe you might know a friend, a co-worker, or even a neighbor who is in need of a lightly used mattress. If so, try asking one of them if they would be willing to take a mattress off your hands. 

Now let's say after you tried them and still no luck. The next option is charities. Regional and local charities are sometimes in the market for lightly used mattresses. Here are some charities that more times than not accept mattress donations - 

  • Salvation Army
  • Habitat for Humanity 
  • Good Will 

Some of these charities do pickups, so you can schedule them to come out and pickup the mattress. Or if you like, you can drop off the mattress to them at a time that is convenient with your schedule.

Lastly, a similar option to a charity, is a nearby or local church. Local churches have been known to take donations of different kinds and this is no different. 


4. Junk Removal Service 


As we stated earlier, each year in the United States 18.2 million mattresses are thrown away in landfills. This isn’t good for the environment but sometimes it can't be avoided. So if you’ve exhausted all your efforts to dispose of the mattress in an eco-friendly way the next option is a junk removal service. 

Junk Removal Services are as they sound. These places will either come and haul away the mattress from your residence or you can drop off the mattress at these places as well. Some junk removal services include - 

  • 1-800-GOT-JUNK

Both of these services are national so depending on your area, you’ll be available to have service provided to you.


5. White Glove Services

Lastly, sometimes mattress companies will offer the option of White Glove Services. With this option, you can have a mattress and a bed base removed if you wanted. If you’ve gone through all the prior options and are still struggling with having a mattress, having a company assist in having your mattress removed can help speed up the process. 

Like we stated earlier, mattress disposal can be a hassle unless you know the options available to you. Any one of the options listed, can be a good way to get rid of the old mattress as one is making space for the new mattress.

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