“Oops! What now?” Steps in Fixing Tears and Rips on your Mattress

June 16, 2014

Sewing Materials

In this fallen world, nothing is meant to last anymore. Once upon a time, anything that was made to last forever can endure lifetimes. But now, when we say that something “lasts,” there’s always a number. There’s always a limit. Everything now has an expiration date.

Not to be exceedingly philosophic in a how-to web article, the principle still applies in something as simple your average, everyday bed mattress. Surprisingly, even the most heavy duty orthopedic innerspring mattress can get torn easily due to rough handling. Heck, even ordinary use spread over the right amount of time, whether just a few years to a couple decades, can lead to those ugly, unwanted tears.

But eventually, it will reach its expiration. But when that happens, what do you do? Here are different ways in fixing tears and rips on your mattress.

Secure the tear shut

Well it’s only proper and logical to fix the tear, but in what way? Securing the tear so it doesn’t stay open to let the springs out and cause discomfort is the only valuable choice. But what’s the specific method of keeping it shut? With a curved needle, which is the only kind of needle that can allow you to sew effectively while having access to only one surface.

Once you have acquired that needle, get the proper kind of thread – right color and right strength. Not too thin and not too thick that will make the sewing process too difficult. If you have that too, make small but numerous stitches up and down the tear to make sure it’s secured. If you did it right, the tear should be gone for good.

For a quick fix, use duct tape

Duct tape has so many practical uses, that the list of application can go as far as the human imagination. Everything from actual ducts to mechanical robots to mattresses, you can use their fixing potential to repair, maintain, and secure. If that doesn’t work, use more duct tape. There’s an old saying that goes “If you’re using duct tape and it’s not yet fixed, you’re not using enough duct tape.”

But what do we do with duct tape and a torn mattress? It’s pretty obvious. It doesn’t require as much effort as sewing, although the long-term results are not as satisfying.

Sew a patch on it

Sometimes, a rip turns into a bigger tear, and a tear increases in size and ends up becoming a much larger hole. It’s not a linear tear anymore, and you can’t secure the tear shut by only using thread. You might have to resort to using a patch of cloth. It’s sort of like the duct tape solution, but with better long-term results

So how do you accomplish this method? Simple. Get a relatively thick piece of cloth compared to the fabric cover of your bed mattress. Make sure that it’s not too thick or too thin. You want it to be firm so that you only have to fix it once. Once you have that, sew it onto the hole with numerous stitches around the edges to make it secure. With this solution done properly, you don’t have a tear to worry about anymore.

In conclusion, it takes quite a bit of fixing to repair a ripped mattress. But wouldn’t it be better if you didn’t have to worry about it? If you have a foam mattress, then you don’t have to worry about any ripping at all. It’s more resilient, and there’s no fabric casing needed unlike an innerspring mattress. But as long as you have a good night’s sleep, you’re free to enjoy your slumbers. Have a nice night!