A Guide to Buying Mattress Protectors
How important is a mattress protector?
As we sleep, we shed skin cells and hair. We also perspire, losing as much as 1 to 2 pints of fluid a night. This creates ideal conditions for allergens such as dust mites. Dust mites are invisible to the naked eye, yet they can thrive by the millions in an unprotected mattress.
A waterproof mattress protector will keep your mattress fresh, clean, and dry, plus it will prevent premature breakdown of foams and fibres from exposure to body oil and perspiration, thereby increasing mattress life. Could you imagine sleeping in the same pair of pajamas every night for 7-10 years without washing them?
Mattress manufacturers reserve the right to void warranty on stained or soiled mattresses. To ensure you've done your part to protect your mattress, the purchase of a protector at the same time is strongly recommended.
How does a mattress protector work?
Mattress protectors are waterproof. Since you can’t wash a mattress (excessive moisture can result in mould and mildew), the only way to keep it sanitary is to protect it with a removable, washable, waterproof mattress protector.
Mattress protectors also wick away moisture, creating a more comfortable sleep environment, and good quality mattress protectors are so thin they will not alter the feel or comfort of your mattress.
What's the science behind it?
As we turn or roll over during sleep, minute particles of dust mite enzymes become airborne. These airborne particles easily enter the eyes, nose, mouth, and lungs, and when breathed in they can become lodged in the bronchi, causing inflammation, wheezing, and the development of allergic asthma.
We believe the best way to protect your sleep environment is to use hypoallergenic mattress and pillow protectors that are designed to reduce or minimize the possibility of a reaction to allergen triggers such as dust mites, smoke, perfumes, deodorants, mold and pet dander.
How do I choose the right mattress protector?
Today’s mattress protectors come in a variety of materials that can improve your sleep environment. Silver ions are often imbedded into the top fabric, effectively killing bacteria. Some have temperature neutral fabrics like Tencel®, or fabrics such as Nylon or Frio® that can provide a cooler sleep environment.
To summarize, the best solution for keeping your mattress fresh and hygienic and to create a safe and healthy sleep environment, is by using a mattress protector and washing it along with your other bedding.