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Everything you never knew you needed to know about mattress protectors and why you need one - March 18, 2020

You’re at the mattress store, ready to buy your new set, and the sales person asks if you would like to add a mattress protector to your order. You pause. A what? A mattress pad? No. A mattress protector. You might then wonder why you need such a thing. Let me explain.

At the most basic level, a mattress protector provides a barrier between you and your mattress that keeps the mattress from absorbing excess moisture, dirt, and oil. It also provides a barrier against dust mites, bacteria, mold, mildew, and other nasty things that can be absorbed into your mattress.

The average person loses approximately two pints of body moisture (sweat) per day. We also lose somewhere near 100 hairs a day and shed 40,000 dead skin cells per MINUTE. EWWWWW. Unprotected mattresses (and pillows, BTW) absorb body moisture and other liquids; causing premature breakdown of the comfort layers (foam is particularly sensitive to this). The comfort layers of a mattress are the components that create the overall feel of the mattress (i.e. firm or plush). Comfort layers are sponge like, consisting of absorbent foams and fibers. When moisture is combined with body weight, compression begins, causing dips, sags, and diminished comfort. An unprotected mattress can also become a perfect breeding ground for bacteria, mold, and mildew when moisture seeps into the layers of the mattress. Mattresses that have withstood damage from moisture are virtually impossible to clean and can continue to produce mold and mildew long after they are dry to the touch.

Accumulation of hair and dead skin cells provide not only a breeding ground for dust mites, but also a proverbial smorgasbord of high protein food. According to the American Lung Association, dust mites do not bite or carry known diseases, it is their fecal matter and carcasses that create harmful allergens. SO GROSS. Dust mites are a major cause of asthma and allergies; especially in vulnerable individuals, such as childrenand the elderly. According to the American College of Asthma, Allergy and Immunology, approximately 10 percent of Americans exhibit allergic sensitivity to dust mites. Dust mites have also been linked to eczema, rhinitis, cough, nasal and facial pressure, frequent awakening (especially in infants), and even dark under eye circles! Bottom line: unprotected mattresses harbor allergens and bacteria that can create an unsanitary sleep environment.

Premature breakdowns and unsanitary sleep environments lead to early replacement of mattresses. Considering the cost commitment of a high quality mattress, this is a preferably avoidable situation. The good news is that it IS an avoidable situation when you invest in a mattress protector!

Protect-A-Bed Another reason to purchase a mattress protector at the time you purchase your mattress is to protect your warranty. An excerpt from Serta’s warranty explains that they, “reserve the right to refuse service and invalidate the warranty when the sleep set, even if defective, is in an unsanitary condition (due to blood or bodily fluid stains or soiling, infestation or other abuse), when the sleep set has evidence of damage from liquid penetration, cleaning or the use of cleaning fluids.” It is therefore critical to keep the mattress as clean and stain free as possible. As an additional incentive, some mattress protectors come with a warranty that also includes an additional warranty for the mattress itself in the event that liquids penetrate the mattress protector. This provides an added layer of security for you as a buyer in the event that a warranty issue should arise.

At MurMaid Mattress we carry Protect•A•Bed mattress protector products. Protect•A•Bed is the original mattress protection company that has been available at MurMaid Mattress for at least 20 years. You can choose from protectors that not only protect your investment, but also ones that can help you sleep cooler at night with cool to the touch fabric surfaces. Adding these protectors to your purchase also allows you to qualify for our 365 night comfort guarantees that allow you to exchange your mattress for one that better suits your comfort needs for up to 1 full year.

Choosing the perfect mattress for your sleeping position - Oct 17, 2019

Stomach Sleeper

Stomach sleepers usually prefer a medium to firm feel. They require more body contouring and a tiny bit of sinkage to accommodate the fact that their belly is underneath the main weight being applied to the mattress. Very soft or very firm mattresses may not provide the correct spinal support and contouring a stomach sleeper needs. Stomach sleepers frequently report sleeping hot. A temperature regulating fabric can help alleviate this problem.

Staff picks for stomach sleepers:

Back Sleeper

Back sleepers generally choose a firm mattress. They can sleep well on a firm mattress as it will make them feel more supported than a softer mattress. Back sleepers tend to be more concerned with relieving stiffness and aching and less concerned with pressure point relief. A quality pocketed coil spring system or a core of super high-density firm foam can provide back sleepers superior support.

Staff picks for back sleepers:

Side Sleeper

Side sleepers tend to prefer the softest mattresses. Side sleepers experience superior pressure relief in a softer or plusher mattress as the pressure is channeled more to one side and concentrated across a smaller surface than someone who sleeps on their back or stomach. Pressure points on the shoulders and hips are common complaints with side sleepers. Gel memory foam is a must have consideration for side sleepers as it contours and cradles the body to relieve pressure.

Staff picks for side sleepers:

When choosing the right mattress, it is important to keep in mind that a softer feeling mattress can be just as supportive as a firmer feeling one. Manufacturers using lower-quality materials, for instance, might offer a firm product that fails to deliver the necessary support. With new technologies such as memory foam and micro springs, mattresses can now meet the needs of sleepers in all positions without sacrificing comfort.