Walking Out a McRoskey MattressRobin Azevedo @ 2017-01-11 16:48:56 -0800
Jumping on your bed. As a kid you loved jumping on your bed (although your parents probably wagged a finger and said, "No more monkeys jumping on the bed!") What if you could do it as a grown-up and make a living at it?
At the McRoskey mattress factory jumping on the mattresses is part of the process! It is in the job description of our mattress filler, Rueben Reynosa. We call it "walking out" the mattress. This unusual but very necessary step happens after a mattress is filled with layers and layers of cotton, polyester or wool batting but before it is tufted.
Walking out a mattress in a checkerboard pattern - up and down the length of the mattress and back and forth across its width - is the initial effort in compressing all those layers of our very responsive filling materials.
Unlike childhood bed-jumping fun, walking out a mattress at the factory is strenuous work. Mattress filler Rueben notes that the process is like "walking in sand" - and if you've ever taken part in a beach workout, you know how difficult that can be. He spends about five minutes walking out one side of the mattress before flipping it over and walking out the other side.