Review of Technologies and Techniques Available for Cleaning Mattresses for Re-use

9th May 2016

A research project to understand the barriers to mattress re-use in the UK and to trial a range of cleaning techniques.

Key findings
Potential for small-scale cleaning and re-use operations to be developed within existing furniture re-use organisations in the community sector
Benefits of establishing or gearing up cleaning programmes are not clear cut, and differ between organisations

Overview

Overview

This project looked in depth at the options for organisations to take on more cleaning of second-hand mattresses with a view to stimulating higher levels of re-use.

It covered interviews with key stakeholders, trials and cost-benefit analysis.

The results displayed there is potential for small-scale cleaning and re-use operations to be developed within existing furniture re-use organisations in the community sector.

The economic benefit is marginal for increasing mattress cleaning in furniture re-use organisation because the costs of equipment and chemicals are high, the outcome of cleaning makes little difference to re-sale, and the retail value of a second-hand mattress is low.

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