How to Store a Thermarest

A Thermarest mattress is a type of camping mattress pad.

The different versions of the mattress all have slightly different storage needs. To store the mattress properly, it is important to clean and dry it first to prevent deterioration. Once the mattress is clean, it is a simple process to store it in one of several different ways. Storing the mattress properly will extend its life.

Clean the mattress before storing. Close any air intake valves to prevent water from getting inside the mattress. Clean minor dirt and dust from the surface of the mattress with an all purpose cleaner and soft cloth. For stuck on dirt or mud, stick the mattress inside a bathtub. Use the shower to spray the entire mattress. Use a soft bristle brush to gently scrub both sides of the mattress.

Dry the exterior of the mattress with a towel. Try to soak up as much of the exterior water as possible with the towel.

Open the air intake valve. Hang the mattress upside down with the valve pointing toward the ground. Outside on a clothes line is best, but you can also hang the mattress from a shower rod. Hang the mattress for 24 to 48 hours or until it is completely dry. This also works for draining water out from inside the mattress.

Roll the mattress into a cylindrical shape. How tightly you roll the mattress depends on the kind of mattress that you own. If you have a Neo Air mattress, you can roll it as tightly as possible. Store a self-inflating mattress unrolled and flat. Store a closed cell mattress loosely coiled.

Slide the mattress into the storage sack. Place the mattress in a dry storage area where the temperatures do not rise above 80 degrees. For mattresses that you have to store flat, you can slide them under a bed and cover with a blanket to protect the surface of the mattress from dust.

Things You Will Need

  • Thermarest mattress
  • Clothesline or shower rod
  • All purpose cleaner
  • Soft cloths
  • Soft bristle brush
  • Towels
  • Storage sack
  • Old blankets

About the Author

Brenda Priddy has more than 10 years of crafting and design experience, as well as more than six years of professional writing experience. Her work appears in online publications such as Donna Rae at Home, Five Minutes for Going Green and Daily Mayo. Priddy also writes for Archstone Business Solutions and holds an Associate of Arts in English from McLennan Community College.