Refurbished mattresses are those that undergo repair before resale. These mattresses, donated or discarded by consumers or mattress retailers, typically receive new coverings, frames and filler material to comply with specific state sanitation and fire safety regulations.
Some states require special mattress tags to differentiate refurbished mattresses from new mattresses. Refurbished mattresses must undergo a heat or chemical sanitation process to destroy bacteria and eliminate insects such as dust mites and bed bugs. Before buying a refurbished mattress, a consumer should make sure the mattress retailer practices state-approved restoration and sanitation methods and carefully inspect the mattress to ensure the absence of stains, unusual odors and insects.