Old mattresses can be one of the most difficult items to get rid of. They’re large and awkward to deal with, to start, so getting rid of them isn’t quite as simple as trashing other items. Fortunately, you do have an option for mattress disposal in Katy, TX. Junk King handles mattresses, box springs, bedframes, and much, much more. If you’re looking for a full service junk removal team, we’re here for you. Here are a few things to consider when dealing with your old mattress.
Is Your Mattress Under Warranty?
Before you give us a call to dispose of your mattress, you may want to check to see if it’s still under warranty. Many Texas mattress makers in Katy do provide warranties. They can last anywhere from four or five years to ten or twelve. You may need to contact the manufacturer to find out the specifics.
If your mattress is damaged but still under warranty, it’s possible the manufacturer will handle everything. They may remove the old mattress and bring you a replacement at no cost to you. Some warranties only cover the replacement. If that’s the case, you’ll want to give Junk King a call and arrange to get rid of the mattress. If you’re looking for how to dispose of a futon mattress, the answers are often the same. Even though they’re usually smaller than a traditional mattress, they’re still usually treated the same.
Can You Sell a Used Mattress?
Selling used mattresses is an area of contention in many areas. Some states allow it, while others do not. Texas law does allow for the reselling of mattresses commercially. However, it’s not as simple as putting mattresses out on the showroom floor. Stores that sell used mattresses must have a permit to do so. The Texas Department of State Health Services has a number of regulations these businesses must follow in order to properly sell used mattresses.
First, the mattress must be cleaned using one of the different approved cleaning methods. These include chemical sprays and commercial laundering services. Businesses will have to pay for this, of course, and will add that cost to the price of the mattress. They can’t simply put a cover on the mattress to hide any stains, either. Covers must be removed.
You’re probably not starting a used mattress company, though, so can you sell your mattress online without doing any of this? You can but do be aware that many people may not want to buy a used mattress that has no guarantee. They will want to know that it comes from a clean home and is in good condition. You may be better off selling it to a business that resells mattresses. Be aware, though, that they may not offer much.
If your mattress is stained, old, or does not appear to be in good condition, they may also refuse to buy it. You may also need to have a way of taking it to the store. Some of these businesses do not offer pickup services.
Can You Recycle Your Mattress?
One question we often get is whether or not it’s possible to recycle a mattress. When some companies that handle junk removal in Katy TX pick up mattresses, they take them straight to the landfill just because it’s easy. Here at Junk King, however, we truly believe in recycling as much as possible. We do not want anything to go into the landfill unless there is absolutely no other option.
To that end, we are able to recycle some mattresses we collect. The full mattress isn’t recyclable as a unit, though. That’s why we work with recycling companies that disassemble old mattresses. They can take the stuffing, foam, and fabric from the mattress and recycle it. These companies can also break down box springs and recycle the wood and metal from them. There are many uses for these materials. The wood can be repurposed into mulch or particleboard. The springs can be melted down and transformed into just about any other metal component. Foam and fabric can be made into things such as stuffing or carpet underlay.
What About Donating Mattresses?
We also get asked about donating mattresses. Unfortunately, a number of charities and other organizations do not accept mattresses. This is because they do represent a health risk if they are not fully disinfected and cleaned. Some charities simply do not have the money to do so. Junk King does donate as much as possible to local organizations, but we often are not able to donate mattresses.
One reason why we often have to keep mattresses away from our other items marked for donation is due to bed bugs. Bed bugs are a major concern because once they get into a building, they can very quickly spread. They can live in other furniture, in carpet, and even get into the outlets and live in the walls. If you want to know how to dispose of a bed bug mattress, the only option is often to take it to the landfill. It’s often simply too difficult and risky to try to sterilize an infected mattress.
How to Find Bed Bugs During the Day
Bed bugs are one of the worst infestations you can have, and many Bellville, New Ulm, Chappell Hill, and Katy junk removal companies won’t deal with them. If you suspect you have bed bugs, you do need to determine if they are still there before you try to have your mattress donated or even picked up as garbage. Here are a few tips on how to find bed bugs during the day.
First, it’s important to realize that finding and dealing with the bed bugs you can see isn’t going to help. There are hundreds, if not thousands, of them. You’re likely going to need professional help, but if the infestation isn’t too bad, you may be able to use sprays or traps.
Now, take a look around your bed. You’re looking for brownish spots about the size of an apple seed. They are long, wide, and fairly flat with six legs and two little antennae. You won’t find many of them around in the daytime or when the lights are on, so you may need to turn off the lights for a few hours. Enter the room with a flashlight and look around. In addition to finding the bugs, you may see their eggs, which look like very, very small pieces of rice. They’re typically laid in batches, which does make it easier to find them.
Look around the edge of the mattress, under your bed, in little cracks in the floor or wall, and any other very small, dark places. Sometimes the bed bugs will believe they are hidden in these places, but parts of their bodies will stick out.
While they’re called bed bugs, these insects can actually live in just about anything. This includes your carpet, sofas, chairs, and other furniture. However, they do prefer beds because they feed on you when you’re sleeping. Still, if you often nap on the couch or fall asleep in your favorite recliner, some bed bugs may take up residence there.
What Do You Do with a Mattress that has Bed Bugs?
In most cases, people simply throw away the mattress. While it’s possible to kill bed bugs, many people find the idea of sleeping in a bed where bed bugs lived disgusting. They would rather toss the mattress and visit one of the many mattress stores in Katy, Hempstead, or Beasley to purchase a new bed. Recycling centers will not want to contaminate new items with bed bug debris, either. Typically, it’s best to just dispose of these mattresses.
Junk King is Here to Handle Your Junk Removal in Katy TX
Due to its size and shape, getting rid of a mattress on your own can be difficult. You may not have a truck large enough to haul it to the landfill or recycling center. While the city does pick up bulky trash once a month, you may not want to wait that long. This is especially true if your mattress is infested with bed bugs. You need it out immediately.
That’s where Junk King comes in. Our team of professionals is here to remove old mattresses and much more. We can help you dispose of furniture, appliances, yard waste, DIY remodel debris, and anything else as long as it isn’t classified as hazardous waste. Plus, you can also rent a dumpster to help haul away your unwanted items.
We Recycle and Donate as Much as Possible
Junk King Katy is dedicated to recycling or donating as much as we possibly can, including mattresses. We hate to see anything go to the landfill. To that end, we’re recycling or donating more than 90 percent of everything we pick up. With mattresses, those in good condition are donated, while those that have reached the end of their lifecycle are sent to recycling facilities.
If you have any questions about what Junk King can do for you or would like to book a free quote, call 1-888-888-JUNK or text us at 1-737-888-5865. Often, we can bring the big truck with us when we come to give you an estimate, so we can get to work right away.