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Too embarrassed by mattress to throw it out!

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WingsOnMyBoots Sat 13-Jan-18 09:31:33

We've only had our mattress for a bout three years but we really need to replace it. We can either take to the tip of pay the council to collect it. I don't really mind which way but my dilemma is I am so ashamed of it I daren't throw it out! For the past three years I've been having extremely heavy periods and often while I sleep it's leaked onto the mattress. I'm fairly certain that any methods to remove blood stains won't remove them entirely but if anyone knows how I can get rid of these or somehow cover them up I would be very grateful. Sorry if this has grossed anyone out.

DragonsAndCakes Sat 13-Jan-18 09:32:59

I had similar issues before I put a waterproof protector on ours. When we got rid of it I stapled two sheets onto it.

Neverender Sat 13-Jan-18 09:33:12

Pay the council to collect and only put it out the night before in the dark? It'll be gone by lunchtime at the latest.

messofajess Sat 13-Jan-18 09:33:40

If you're throwing it out why don't you cover them up? You could splash black India ink all over them?

BreakfastAtSquiffanys Sat 13-Jan-18 09:34:19

Buy a couple of cheap mattress covers and wrap mattress in them.

Buy a waterproof cover for your new one

Twoevils Sat 13-Jan-18 09:34:24

Cut out the stain?

MerryShitmas Sat 13-Jan-18 09:35:04

Get a cheap mattress protector - the kind that zip around the whole thing. Not the plastic sheet kind.
About £15 I reckon.
It'll look brand new, my only worry would be someone pinching it thinking it is brand new blush

GetYourRocksOff Sat 13-Jan-18 09:35:24

I know what you mean, my last mattress looked like a murder scene! We took it to the dump ourselves and flung it in top down.

Yay for being a woman. Mattress disposal is another thing for us to be embarrassed about.

mumonashoestring Sat 13-Jan-18 09:35:25

We had to get rid of one that had taken the brunt of post-partum bleeding, night sweats, baby (and toddler) vomit and all sorts. Put it into a king-size duvet cover, stitch the end shut in a few places, then either take it to the tip or call the Council to collect. I guarantee you they'll have seen worse!

Crumbs1 Sat 13-Jan-18 09:36:06

Yes hurl something that will stain it badly all over it. Ink is a good idea or try a bottle of bleach. Then take to tip yourself as nobody else will handle it or even notice it. Invest in a mattress topper for the new mattress.

AllRoadsLeadBackToRadley Sat 13-Jan-18 09:36:20

I had the same! DH ripped off all the material and put it in the trash, then we got the scrap man to take away the springy bit.

They'll have seen worse though.

FlouncyDoves Sat 13-Jan-18 09:37:59

Just stick it out. The notion of covering it up in perfectly usable bedding etc is so wasteful and harmful to the environment.

It’s just a bit of blood.

On another note, it’s high time tampon ads etc used red liquid rather than blue. We all fucking bleed.

ShoesHaveSouls Sat 13-Jan-18 09:40:43

You can get a fitted sheet for £6.49 on Amazon:

www.amazon.co.uk/GlampTex-SHEETS-FITTED-BEDDING-Pillowcase/dp/B013556QUY/ref=sr_1_16?keywords=double%2Bfitted%2Bsheet&th=1&tag=mumsnetforum-21&ie=UTF8&qid=1515836343&sr=8-16

Cover it with that.

Yay for being a woman. Mattress disposal is another thing for us to be embarrassed about.

Yes, quite!

ParadiseCity Sat 13-Jan-18 09:42:20

Maybe you could sign it with a Sharpie and sell it as art. Once step up from Tracey Emin.

Isn't it shit how women feel we should hide the realities of life.

Redglitter Sat 13-Jan-18 09:42:27

When I got my new mattress the company offered an uplift service for £20

They sent me a massive big mattress size bag which I had to wrap it in. That might be an option when you're buying a new one

herethereandeverywhere Sat 13-Jan-18 09:45:22

'Spill' paint on it?

lynmilne65 Sat 13-Jan-18 09:46:01

Feel the pain, Dd had very very fast delivery in hers !!'

TrinitySquirrel Sat 13-Jan-18 09:48:19

Put a cheap fitted sheet on it when you put it out.

berwickswan Sat 13-Jan-18 09:50:06

I moved quite recently and had to downsize, and yes, I bought a zipped mattress cover for my now redundant mattress before I put it in my skip. The thought of new neighbours seeing it before the skip was collected was just too much. blush

ArgyMcBargy Sat 13-Jan-18 09:51:02

We dismantled our mattresses - there are YouTube videos to show you best methods - though the better quality the longer it takes to take apart. You can then put stained fabric in bin, ok fabric and wadding in fabric recycling and scrap-merchant or tip for the metal springs.

Royalcoronation Sat 13-Jan-18 09:51:18

I just roll them up, duct tape then a black bag taped round the middle/over each end. Simple. Then take it to the tip.

user1493413286 Sat 13-Jan-18 09:51:41

Spill something on it I say, paint or similar

Sn0tnose Sat 13-Jan-18 09:51:50

You could chuck paint on it. Or get a strong black bag, a chunky pair of scissors and cut all the fabric and padding out. You could probably recycle the metal springs that way.

WeAllHaveWings Sat 13-Jan-18 09:56:58

I’d ask dh to load into the van at night and take to the tip so no one saw it near our house/me, he wouldn’t bat an eyelid.

SoupDragon Sat 13-Jan-18 09:57:05

Take it to the dump. No one will be paying any attention.

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