Memory foam is a common mattress material used in homes and hotels. But should you really shred it at home? Here are some things to consider before deciding to do so.
What are the advantages of a shredded down mattress?
They’re cheaper! In most cases, you can find a brand new foam or latex mattress for only $800-1000. However, many brands have gone to using memory foam these days (see below) instead of traditional supportive mattresses.
What are the disadvantages of shredded down mattresses?
They tend to have a firmer feel – even when they’re brand new. In other words, they don’t conform as well to your sleeping form so it may not be suitable for users that sleep on their sides or stomachs (more on this below). Shredded foam beds can also sag over time and require an addition base layer which cramps your cost savings if you choose to do it yourself.
How to shred memory foam at home?
If you decide to shred your memory foam mattress at home, there are a few things you’ll need:
-A lawnmower or an electric trimming blade
– Depending on the size of your mattress, this will do the job quickly and easily. Make sure to use protective gear when doing so (see below).
-A vacuum cleaner with a hose attachment – This is necessary in order to remove all of the shredded foam pieces from your mattress.
-Tools for cutting non-shredded foam inserts
– These include scissors and straight edge knives .
-A top quality mattress protector
After you’ve read the following section on measures to take, choose what steps are right for your situation and have fun shredding! It really is an environmentally smart thing to do as using memory foam eliminates at least one trip back and forth from a landfill disposal center (where crushed up foam particles go when thrown away). In fact, many sources state that shredded mattresses can last up to 19 years and require no special care (see below) once they’re shredded.
The trick is also shaving down your mattress so that it’s equivalent in density/thickness to the highest quality memory foam you can get, which will make for an overall better performing bed.
How do you clean the blades when they get dirty from cutting through memory foam?
If the blades get dirty, it’s best towasher them in hot water and detergent. Make sure to keep the blade guard on the machine when washing it so that you don’t cut yourself.
Shredding memory foam at home is a lot easier than you might think. This video shows you how to shred memory foam at home, so you can save money on your energy bill and make your mattress last longer.