What Is a Mattress Protector?
Often confused with a mattress pad or topper, which add a thick, soft layer of material for cushioning, a mattress protector (AKA mattress cover) prevents stains, odors, bacteria and microbes from damaging the mattress. It provides a barrier to liquid, leaks, sweat, dirt and allergens.
On top of that, a good quality mattress cover can offer cooling comfort and breathability, as well as prolong the life of the mattress. No wonder it’s considered an essential bedding accessory.
Why Buy a Mattress Protector?
A mattress protector allows you to sleep easy knowing if your child wets the bed, something is there to absorb the moisture and prevent it from damaging the mattress.
Some protectors are made of moisture-wicking material that keep you more comfortable if you sweat during the night.
A mattress protector is easy to clean. A mattress is not.
A majority of mattress warranties only cover manufacturer’s defects and not improper use, normal wear and tear, liquid stains or spills, all of which void the warranty. For this reason, most mattress brands encourage purchasing a mattress protector to prevent such damage.
Types of Mattress Protectors
Fitted sheet style: Slides on snugly to cover the top and sides of the mattress. It’s less likely to move around or bunch up.
Elastic bands: This lies atop the mattress, held firmly in place by stretch elastic straps on all four corners. The sides are not covered.
Encased/zippered: Provides complete coverage to block dust mites, bed bugs and allergens from getting into your mattress.
Cooling: Often made from superconductive materials or gel that draws heat and moisture away from the body. They’re excellent at regulating temperature.
Crib/toddler: Sized specifically to fit child-size beds, they’re usually lined with a waterproof material for obvious reasons.
Mattress Protector Features
Mattress protectors come with different characteristics. When choosing, consider you and your family’s needs. Here are some of the most common mattress cover features.
A must for children and those who sweat excessively. A waterproof cover is laminated on the mattress side with a water-resistant or waterproof membrane that absorbs or prevents liquid from soaking through.
Organic fabrics like eucalyptus-based Tencel are naturally antibacterial and hypoallergenic. Quilted or fleece-lined covers can add a little thickness, and organic cotton is naturally moisture wicking.
Given the cost of mattresses, a good mattress cover can effectively preserve your investment.
How To Clean a Mattress Protector
Most mattress protectors on the market are machine washable, but check the maintenance instructions before purchasing.
Machine wash a mattress protector on warm or hot, according to care instructions, before the first use and launder each month after that. “In summer and springtime, dry mattress covers on a clothesline outdoors for a beautiful natural result.
How Long Should a Mattress Protector Last?
A well-made, well-cared-for mattress protector should last two to three years.
Post time: Oct-14-2022