NORWALK — On Saturday, April 1, the City of Norwalk will be accepting mattresses and box springs for free. The free collection program will recycle the mattresses and box springs through the ’s Connecticut “Bye Bye Mattress Program.”
Check the sheets, mattress and box spring for any signs of bed bugs. Look for dark, rust colored spots and exoskeletons - the casings the bugs leave behind. Don't forget to look at the head of the bed and in, around and behind the headboard, too.
The box spring was so universally used up until recently that the term “box spring” won’t die, even though the technology virtually has. Like “hanging up” the phone, the term has survived even though it is no longer relevant in the literal sense. Although a small minority of companies still produce or refurbish legitimate box springs, mattress and bed technology has largely evolved past the need for them. Most foam, latex, and no-flip innerspring mattresses are now designed with an all-inclusive design that requires only a stable, flat surface beneath it. This can be a foundation, a platform bed, or even the floor! Box springs were designed as part of a team, to work with two-sided inner spring mattress to provide a firm, bottom layer of springs that would work and move with the softer, more responsive springs of the mattress. But modern mattress combine a firm, supportive core with a softer, conforming top layer to achieve the same effect in a single, contained unit. This has made mattresses thicker, and also eliminated the need to flip them since they are built differently from the bottom up than the top down. It has also eliminated the purpose of a separate box spring unit, being replaced by a foundation or platform bed design which usually uses wooden slats directly beneath the mattress. The primary function of a foundation, which is essentially a solid box of wood with metal supports, is to mimic the size and shape of a box spring without the actual springs. The purpose of this it to retain the height of a bed-box spring-mattress setup instead of just using a bed-mattress setup that will likely be significantly lower to the floor. Replace the old mattress and box spring with a new mattress and foundation for a comparable height.