I remember taking my first tour through the store as an official employee. When we got to the bed section, I took one look at all those mattresses and thought ‘nope.’ I couldn’t have been more wrong and I’ll never buy a brand new mattress or box spring ever again. Here’s why:
Every year approximately 15-20 million mattresses and box springs are discarded into our landfills. Each piece occupies at least 40 cubic feet of space and cannot be compacted due to the materials that make beds so wonderfully comfortable to sleep on. Just let that set in for a sec…
800. Million. Cubic. Feet. PER YEAR.
If the environmental impact isn’t enough to sway you from the brand new bagged and tagged variety, let’s get down to the nitty gritty and talk about the cleanliness. I’m no germophobe, I have two small children and there just isn’t time for that. That said, there’s no skirting the fact that every second hand mattress has been slept on by a stranger. Every state has its own set of regulations for the sanitation process a mattress must go through in order to be resold and it turns out here in North Carolina we (fortunately) have some of the more rigid standards out there. This particular regulation was set to law in our state in 1936 and ensures that each resell bed has been treated with dry heat without the use of chemicals. Each mattress you’ll find in our store has been essentially ‘cooked’ for 2 hours at 230 degrees which no living thing can survive down to the viral and bacterial level. We contract this task out, and when the beds arrive they have been properly treated, tagged with an official NC tag and bagged to keep that cleanliness intact.
So next time you’re on the hunt for a new bed consider buying second hand. You’ll be saving yourself a ton of cash and helping to keep waste to a minimum! We get regular deliveries of quality second hand mattresses and box springs here at TRS, come on in and browse our selection!