The sheets are crisp and cool, the pillows fluffed and fresh, the lights are dim or off. But if you haven’t covered your mattress with a protector, you’re not 100 percent in the healthy sleep zone.
Mattress protectors and covers are a win-win for both people and mattresses. It protects your investment from spills and stains, allowing for maximum mileage from the mattress; and it protects you and your family from breathing in allergens, dust mites and bacteria.
Just as there are different types of mattresses, there are different types of protectors. Some cover the mattress like a fitted sheet, others have zippers and seals to encase the entire mattress and box spring. All of them are washable and portable – a great option for traveling folks, college kids or anyone who is leery of sleeping on a mattress of unknown age and condition.
Spills and Stains
Spills and stains are a fact of life, but they don’t have to wreak havoc on your wallet. Covering mattresses with a protector will shield the material inside the mattress. Exposure to moisture, particularly if prolonged – and simply sweating at night falls within this category – accelerates mattress breakdown. That’s why the appearance of stains often voids mattress warranties. Mattress Firm recommends mattress protectors for this reason.
Purchasing a mattress protector with a polyurethane film helps to better protect mattresses, because the top surface is waterproof, non-permeable and air-vapor porous. It does not, however, change the feel of the mattress, look like plastic, or sound like the crinkly covers of yesteryear. Mattress Firm wants to help keep your mattress from becoming dirty over time.
Mattress protectors provide a barrier between you and dust mites. An estimated 50 million Americans suffer from allergies, and among the greatest causes are dust mites and their allergens. The bedroom also contains the greatest number of pet allergens, which makes mattress protection a key component of healthy sleep hygiene.
Due to the very nature of the name, people believe that bed bugs only live in beds, therefore an infestation means the problem can be solved by buying a new mattress. That’s not true.
Mattress Firm knows that bed bugs live in furniture, headboards, drapes and carpets. The reason they migrate toward the mattress is because that’s where people lay still the longest, allowing them a fantastic feeding opportunity.
Before buying a new mattress, call a pest control specialist to treat the entire house if you’ve had problems with bed bugs in your old mattress. Then shield your new mattress from future bugging with a pesticide-free encasement. Once bed bugs are gone, it’s time to visit a Mattress Firm location to shop for a new mattress.
Protect the Protector
With proper care, mattress protectors do not need to be replaced often. Look for one that has been test-washed up to 200 times, and if you follow the care instructions carefully, a protector can be washed as often as you wash your sheets. Some products come with a 10-year guarantee, although Mattress Firm still recommends mattress replacement every eight years.
Mattresses are an important investment – you’ll spend 1/3 of the next 8 years sleeping on it. It’s essential to protect this investment with a protector that will help you sleep better for the life of your mattress.
About The Author
Craig McAndrews Craig McAndrews is the former chief strategy officer for Mattress Firm. In his role, he led product development and merchandising strategy, both in-store and online. When he was a regular contributor to The Daily Doze, he shared insights on to how make the mattress buying process a little easier, and what is really important when it comes to selecting your sleep system. Craig’s career in the bedding industry initially began with Sealy’s Stearns & Foster, where he regularly worked with Mattress Firm, giving him the opportunity to witness the company’s special culture first hand. He soon joined the Mattress Firm team as a franchise owner, and played a part in the company’s expansion into Arizona. Later, Craig served in a variety of roles for Mattress Firm; and his passion for helping customers “Sleep Happy” and commitment to sharing his extensive industry knowledge with his teammates have garnered the respect and admiration of coworkers and peers alike. Craig graduated from Stephen F. Austin State University with a bachelor’s degree in marketing. He lives in Houston with his wife April and their two sons Ben and Nate. Best Night’s Sleep: His best nights’ sleep happen at home when he is with his family – and, of course, following a Cowboys win.