Are all mattress protectors created equal?
You've bought your new mattress. Now, to get the full life out of your new mattress, protect your warranty, and prevent allergies due to dust mites, you need to protect it with a protective cover. But is every mattress protector on the market created equal? Here are the qualities that make for a great mattress protector, and in turn, a long-lasting mattress. Use this as a guide when deciding which mattress protector is best for you and your needs.
The average person can sweat 4 gallons a month. Our sweat is made up of water, minerals, and urea—the same chemical in urine. That may be gross, but it's only half the story. Our sweat is the main contributor to mattresses dipping a sagging. To put this in perspective, the high quality foams and fibers of modern mattresses could be compared to a cotton ball. Firm, plush, pillow top, and foam are all susceptible. And like a cotton ball, they can be smushed and smashed and still maintain the same shape and fluff over time. It's not until you add a drop of liquid to the cotton ball and press your thumb into it that it loses its fluff and holds the impression. Mattresses are no different from a cotton ball when sweat is added into the equation. Sure, it takes a longer period of time for the bed to gain that impression, but it will happen eventually unless you protect it with a waterproof cover. This will prevent sweat from penetrating into your mattress, turning it into a smushed cotton ball.
In the past, all waterproof mattress covers were plastic and were often no different than the plastic your bed came wrapped inside. Plastic mattress protectors trap heat and cause the person sleeping to get hot and sweaty. Since heat is one of the main preventers of getting a deep, restorative night’s rest, this can be a big problem. The best modern waterproof mattress protectors are made from woven polyurethane. This material keeps water out and allows airflow in and out of the bed, preventing heat from getting trapped and keeping you cool and comfy throughout the night.
Woven polyurethane allows for a safer and cleaner sleep environment because mattress protectors made from this material are both washable and dryable. The covers made from woven polyurethane are not only thin and don't change the feel of your mattress, they also provide superior breathability and waterproof protection. A good mattress protector will protect and uphold the life and comfort of your mattress prevent dust mite allergies associated with your mattress. Being able to wash and dry your mattress protector helps keep its woven polyurethane fresh, clean, and able to do its job.
In addition to preventing a body impression, a mattress protector will protect you and your family from one of the number one sources of allergies: dust mites and their feces. Dust mites feed off of the 40,000 skin cells we shed each and every minute of the night. We spend about 1/3 of our lives in bed, so they have plenty to chow down on in your mattress. A hypo-allergenic mattress protector will prevent the dust mites from moving in by preventing their food supply from entering your mattress: Our dead skin cells and the bacteria that feed on them in our beds. Otherwise dust mites live, eat, poop, mate, and die as we rest. They do so with such vigor that by the time your bed is ten years old they have left enough behind to double the weight of your mattress! If your mattress protector is hypo-allergenic, the leftovers these nasty bugs leave won’t take nearly the toll on your sinuses as they would if you were sleeping on an unprotected mattress.
If all of these hygiene and health-related reasons were not enough, a quality mattress cover has one last benefit: it protects the warranty on your mattress. Every major manufacturer will void your warranty if a stain appears on your bed. No matter the reason for the stain—your 5, 10, 15, or 25-year warranty is null and void should a mark appear on your mattress.
A mattress protector protects your warranty by being a protective barrier to these potentially warranty-voiding stains over time. If this is not enough to convince you to buy one, most modern covers have an insurance policy if they should fail, protecting your investment. One brand, Protect-A-Bed, will back-up your warranty for 10 years when bought with your mattress. If it fails to prevent a stain the company will clean and even replace your bed for up to 10 years. In short, there is no good reason NOT to buy a good mattress protector—from stains, to dust mites, to protecting your investment, mattress protectors can extend the life of your mattress and keep you sleeping comfortably years after you’ve purchased your bed.