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PostPosted: Tue May 15, 2018 10:16 pm 
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Sunday evening down the pub with a few friends the conversation went , as they do , from one topic to another. I mentioned that a customer had called me to ask how to cut 8" off a mattress . She wanted to be able to fit it in a van and not surprisingly I saiid to her that it might not be the best y friends thought the same , "get an air bed " one said . Good idea I said , better than ruining a nearly new mattress. She could even sell it to pay towards the air bed I added. Now at this point another friend thought the idea of a second hand mattress truly disgusting and really turned her nose up at the idea . But , I pointed out , she's happy to sleep on a hotel mattress that's probably been fornicated on by the world and his wife ( or mistress ) which left her a bit puzzled.
Question is has anyone on here brought or used a second hand mattress or would you be completely against the concept?


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Wouldn't buy second-hand unless I was desperate... You never know what has happened during its life.

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That seems to be the general feeling of those I've spoken to. Yet people are perfectly happy to buy a second hand house or second hand car in which anything could have gone on. Vintage or retro clothing , essentially second hand , or clothes from a charity shop all sell and people have no qualms about those . Cutlery and dinnerware is another , in a restaurant used by hundreds off diffferrent people.
Funnily enough it did lead on in the conversation to other things. Sex toys for instance . Again we find the oddity of people not even entertaining the idea of second hand sex toys even though they could be washed in neat bleach yet will happily jump into bed with a number of sexual partners.


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After my parents death I gave the king size bed away to the samaritans it cost £3200 20 years previously it was a VIspring and was like new someone will have got a bargain.

Have you seen the price of top end mattresses?
https://www.johnlewis.com/browse/furnit ... =priceHigh

Savvy BTL'ers, tennants and FTB'ers snap them up from my local charity shops some are obviously very expensive mattresses but you have to be quick to get them

I wouldn't buy a cheap, bed or mattress from a charity shop but the top brands are a bargain especially if you have space for the king sizes I would check both sizes for wear/stains etc, they also have new mattresses given by the shops because they are marked. Then clean, sanitize and air prior to use

You could always make your own mattress with straw
http://www.theyearofmud.com/2009/09/11/ ... -mattress/

Given the numbers of injuries from falling out of bed especially the young and old I don't know why we don't sleep on the floor more, like the Japanese do
http://metro.co.uk/2011/06/14/20000-peo ... ear-43780/


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Given the numbers of injuries from falling out of bed especially the young and old I don't know why we don't sleep on the floor more, like the Japanese do
http://metro.co.uk/2011/06/14/20000-peo ... ear-43780/


In my case, because I am severely arthritic, I would be unable to get back up off the floor!

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i would say if it looks clean :lol:

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big-all wrote:
i would say if it looks clean :lol:



Out with the blue light and glasses

I have just replaced a mira coil 3 mattress, I was sent a big green sealable bag to put the old one in, elf, safety and all that jazz


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i would say if it looks clean :lol:



Out with the blue light and glasses

I have just replaced a mira coil 3 mattress, I was sent a big green sealable bag to put the old one in, elf, safety and all that jazz

we have to work on the principal that a used mattress is not optional in hotels on holiday or staying with friends
but in your own home you have a choice
indeed would the mattress in your spare bedroom be any different to one offered as a spare :dunno:

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I wouldn't buy a cheap, bed or mattress from a charity shop but the top brands are a bargain especially if you have space for the king sizes I would check both sizes for wear/stains etc, they also have new mattresses given by the shops because they are marked. Then clean, sanitize and air prior to use

You could always make your own mattress with straw
http://www.theyearofmud.com/2009/09/11/ ... -mattress/


Funny how these things go . On a job today and a guy turns up and says he's been clearing the show home on the new estate just down the road and has a new memory foam mattress if we are interested. Didn't take him up on it as we reckoned it was nicked but a funny coincidence not the less.
As to the straw mattress , I've slept on one before and they're fine . I've also made a couple of mattresses which I use for camping and re-enactment and these are made from 3 or 4 layers of felt carpet underlay in a calico cover . Maybe not as soft as some but certainly good for sleeping on the ground in sub zero temperatures.


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Funny how these things go . On a job today and a guy turns up and says he's been clearing the show home on the new estate just down the road and has a new memory foam mattress if we are interested.


Scam, and not a new one either. Old mattress with a new cover, I think BBC's Watchdog did an expose on the scam about 5 years ago. (how do you do that little thingamybob over the last "e" in expos e) :dunno:

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Glad we didn't fall for it then. It seemed dodgy at the time even without knowing about the scam , random bloke , unmarked white van . Actually thinking about it I can't see why a show home would even have an expensive mattress in the first place , it's not as if anyone sleeps there .


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Show homes use non standard size furniture to make the pigeon holes look larger, 50-150mm make a huge difference :lol:


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On the BBC website today, previously hidden (under gummed brown paper) pages of Ann Frank's diary have been analysed. They contained a thirteen year old girl's 'dirty' joke from 1943:

"Do you know why the German Wehrmacht girls are in the Netherlands? As mattresses for the soldiers."


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If you ever read Sven Hassel ( fiction but alledgly based on wartime experiences) he makes references to helferinnen ( female auxiliaries) as "officers mattresses" .


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