Buying a used mattress is often a controversial issue. While some may choose to buy a gently used mattress to save money, others point to hygiene and health concerns as reasons to avoid used mattresses. Moreover, in some states it's illegal to sell a used mattress. In other states, you can sell a used mattress only if it's your personal property. Additionally, manufacturers that rebuild used mattresses have to follow stringent sanitation and safety regulations. If you choose to buy a used mattress, take precautions to get the best value for your money and minimize any health risks.
Section 1: Buying From a Private Owner
Look for stains, spots or water rings. Examine area along the piping on the edge of the mattress. Bugs tend to hide or lay eggs along the piping.
Lift the mattress and examine it on both sides. Lift the box springs or foundation as well, and examine it closely. A common problem on used foundations are broken spokes, the support pieces of wood that run across the foundation. If possible, lift a corner of the lining to if spokes are broken.
Use a flashlight. If the room is dark or you view a mattress at night, you will need to see the mattress' condition. Use particular caution if the mattress has a floral pattern, as stains are more difficult to identify.
Notice the room's condition. If the room or house does not appear clean, it is unlikely that the owner took care of the mattress. Preferably, look for a mattress that the owner always used a mattress cover and a mattress pad on it. If the owner claims to have used a cover and pad at all times, the condition of the mattress should reflect it. It should look clean and crisp.
Section 2: Buying From a Vendor
Look for a red and yellow tag. Each rebuilt mattress must have a red tag which shows the percentage of used material in the mattress. The yellow tag proves that you are buying a sanitized mattress. Rebuilt mattress manufacturers can sanitize a mattress with dry heat or with a chemical disinfectant. Find out from your vendor which method was used.
Make sure the mattress is stain free. Although state regulations may vary, generally, vendors can rebuild a mattress with either used or new filling. The fabric, however, should be clean and free of stains, soil or any filth. Otherwise, the fabric must be removed and the mattress recovered.
Find out if the rebuilt mattress meets flammability standards. Some rebuilt mattress manufacturers will attach a notice to the mattress that shows that the mattress is resistant to combustion from a smoldering cigarette. This is normally not a requirement, so be sure to ask the vendor.
Look for a license. Most states require that vendors display a license which shows that he is authorized to sell such mattresses and meets all requirements and regulations.
Overall, if you choose to purchase a used or rebuilt mattress, take precautions to make sure that you mattress you buy is clean and in good condition. Don't be afraid to ask questions, whether you're buying from a private owner or from a vendor.
Tips & Warnings
**It's a good idea to use a plastic mattress cover and a pad on all mattresses, but particularly on a used mattress.
**To learn about regulations dealing with rebuilt mattresses in your state, contact your state's Consumer Affairs Department.
Copyright © 2011 Ana Jackson. All Rights Reserved. Reproduction in whole or in part constitutes plagiarism, is illegal and strictly prohibited.