Some people confuse the pillowtop mattress variety as having a built-in mattress protector. The extra layer you see floating on top of the mattress was designed to add comfort and extra softness. These toppers, although they may offer a unique feel and design from your traditional mattress surface, do not offer any added protection from sweat, germs and other allergens!
Mattress protectors form a barrier around your mattress, shielding it from allergens including dust mites which snack on dead skin cells, liquids creating mould, and a variety of stains. Available in a range of types and sizes, mattress protectors surely help protect your investment.
To check if you need a mattress protector, ask yourself these 5 questions.
1. Did you recently purchase a new mattress?
You will surely extend the years you will enjoy your mattress by adding a level of protection over your new purchase.
There are many varieties of protectors from a full zippered bag over your mattress to a simple top protector with elastic bands that slip over the corners.
Check our previous article to find out about all the mattress protector options.
2. Do you have a young child who loves to crawl into your bed with his sippy cup, or perhaps a nursing baby who spits up at every feeding?
The natural state of children is not clean and tidy but messy and sticky! Don’t discourage your children from jumping into your bed with food and drinks, just add a mattress protector with a plasticized backing which prevents any spills from touching the surface of the mattress.
Keeping extra sheets around for that quick change will restore your bed to being clean and fresh, just like mom and dad like it!
3. Do you suffer from allergies?
Did you know that there are around 10 million dust mites found in the average mattress and that a protector is the best defence?
People who suffer from allergies require taking extra precautions about what products they use, identifying air-borne irritants that linger in their home, and how sleeping on a mouldy surface can only exacerbate the problem.
Using a mattress protector designed specifically for allergy sufferers is essential if you want to get a good night’s sleep.
4. Do your pets love to snuggle up with you after who knows where they’ve been?
Pets are carriers of all kinds of insects, as well as mud, and shrubbery in abundance and they will joyfully share them all with you.
The longer your pet’s hair, the more they will hold and drop onto your bed so adding that extra level of protection will keep your mattress, clean and dry – although your sheets will probably need to be changed after your pet gets a bath!
5. Did you know that you perspire while sleeping and that some people sweat much more than others?
By using a polyurethane mattress protector, you will help avoid those large yellow stains on your mattress, keeping it clean and dry.
Washing your bed sheets and mattress protector more regularly will be helpful in keeping everything fresh and comfortable.
Protectors are easy to remove and wash along with your sheets on a weekly basis. A quick vacuum of the surface of your mattress while you wait for the protector to dry, and you will be sleeping in extreme freshness without much effort!
Gerry, Your Sleep Expert