Why Use a Mattress Protector?

Updated December 28, 2021

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Benefits of Mattress Protectors

Protecting Your Mattress and Your Health

A mattress protector is a fitted piece of bedding, usually waterproof, that serves to protect your mattress. It can also protect the sleeper, from allergens, bed bugs, etc. It's different from a mattress pad or mattress topper because it doesn't usually add padding for more comfort. Most protectors go on top of your mattress like a fitted sheet, but some are a full mattress encasement.

Mattress protectors are important for two major reasons: keeping your mattress free of stains and preventing exposure to dust mites, dead skin cells, microbes, and other potential allergens. While mattress protectors are beneficial in other areas, these are the two most important.

Keeping Your Mattress Free of Stains (and under warranty)

Did you know that even the smallest stain on your mattress will void your mattress warranty? A mark from a pen, a smudge of makeup, or a spilled soda stain will erase your valuable warranty. The manufacturer will not honor any claim on your stained mattress.

It's important to make sure your mattress protector is waterproof. Spills can cause stains, so if you don't purchase a waterproof mattress protector, your mattress won't receive full protection. Since the mattress protector keeps your bed clean, it can get pretty dirty itself, so make sure it's machine washable. Washing a mattress protector is significantly easier than cleaning a mattress.

Since mattresses are not cheap, a warranty can be very valuable. It is in every sleeper's interest to protect your investment as best as possible.

Mattress protectors can also extend the life of your mattress, providing a layer to take the brunt of normal wear and tear. It's an easy way to save money and prevent having to buy a new mattress too soon.

Healthy Sleeping

Mattress protectors can also help guard your mattress against bed bugs, which are a large nuisance to deal with. They can even cause you to have to discard your mattress and other expensive items.

Sleep plays an important role in your overall health. It's in your best interest to make your resting hours as healthy as possible. We spend a third of our lives sleeping, and mattress protectors can help to ensure that time is well spent.

Dust Mites and Mattresses

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Uninvited Roommates

mattress topperDust mites and other microbes may find your mattress a cozy place to live. Dead skin cells can provide enough organic material for these microscopic beings to sustain themselves, multiplying in your mattress over the years.

While dust mites aren't usually much of a problem, roughly 10% of the population has sensitivities to dust mites that can induce allergic reactions and asthma. For this reason, it is important to keep your mattress and bedding clean and protected.

Allergen Concerns

According to The American Lung Association (ALA), dust mites are one of the biggest indoor triggers for people with asthma and allergies. They also advise that "A dust mite allergy can range from mild to severe. A mild case may cause an occasional runny nose, watery eyes, and sneezing. In severe cases, the condition is ongoing, or chronic, resulting in persistent sneezing, cough, congestion, facial pressure, or severe asthma attack. People with asthma who are sensitive to mites face an increased risk of flare-ups or asthma attack."

Eliminating Dust Mites

While it's nearly impossible to completely eliminate dust mites from your home, there are some steps you can take to diminish their presence and protect yourself from potential allergic reactions:

  • Purchase a mattress pad or protector that is designed to prevent the growth of dust mites and other potentially harmful microbes.

  • Wash your bedding linens frequently in water at 130 ℉.

  • Thoroughly vacuum your mattress frequently.

  • Purchase a hypoallergenic pillow and mattress cover.

  • Reduce humidity levels to minimize the growth of dust mites.

  • Keep your room clear of dust and anything that collects dust such as flat surfaces, carpet, or drapes.

  • Dust mites can sustain themselves on the dead skin cells we all shed in bed at night. In order to reduce the number of dust mites, reduce their food source by keeping your mattress clean.

Preventing With Proper Care

Properly caring for your mattress can help it last longer and also improve your health. Typically, your mattress warranty will provide guidelines on proper mattress care.

Taking steps to ensure your mattress is clean will greatly diminish the growth and spread of dust mites and other microbes, but unfortunately, many people neglect their mattress and only focus on cleaning the bedding. While it is vitally important to clean and rotate your bedding linens, it is equally important to keep up the condition of the mattress itself.

If you are concerned about the buildup of dust mites in your mattress over time, then a good rule of thumb is to replace your mattress when the warranty runs out. By that time, the comfort materials of the mattress will likely have worn considerably, so you will probably feel like you need to replace your mattress anyway.

Even if you purchase a mattress and mattress protector that resist and prevent dust mites, the best defense against those pesky critters is a clean, well-maintained mattress. As mentioned above, lowering humidity levels are a great way to fight dust mites. According to the ALA absorb the moisture instead of drinking it. They cannot survive in dry environments.

Protecting Yourself While Sleeping

Protecting Your Health While Sleeping

With the pandemic of the Coronavirus or COVID-19, having a clean and healthy sleep environment is more important than ever before. We're here to help you to know how to properly protect yourself while in bed. These simple tips can help you with cleaning your bed and maintaining a clean sleep environment.

Keeping Your Mattress Free of Contaminants

According to reports from authorities, it's entirely possible for you to have had a mild case of COVID-19 without knowing. Exposure to the coronavirus, or any other pathogens, is highly possible. Cleansing your sleep environment to ensure you're protected is crucial. For information, check out our page on mattress cleaning. Try these things to help protect yourself while sleeping:

  • Fresh Sheets - Changing all of the linens and washing everything you had on there in hot water is a great start. In some cases, you might just want to replace your sheets with a new set.

  • Pillow Protectors are a Thing - Just like a mattress protector, a pillow protector, or encasement, can protect your pillows from damage.

  • Clean Your Mattress - Most experts, including this one, don't recommend that you clean your mattress with harsh chemicals. The general idea is to strip your bed bare and wipe down all surfaces with hot water and mild soap, and use the sun's UV light to sanitize the bed. For more information on the sanitizing process, you can read our article here.

  • Use a Comforter with a Duvet - A duvet is a removable (and typically a washable) cover for your comforter. This is a great benefit when you wash your bedding regularly.

  • Don't Cross-Contaminate Your Bed - You can avoid contaminating your bed in a few different ways. If you are sick, regularly change the sheets with fresh ones. Don't let dirty laundry lay on the bed, put it in a basket or hamper. If you have pets then you may want to keep them out of your bed for a while if you've been ill, or are sick now.

  • DUST! - Allergens are the worst, particularly for people with severe allergies. Believe it or not, dust can adversely affect all people, regardless of whether you have allergies or not. That's what it's a good idea to keep your bedroom cleaned up. Frequently dust all the surfaces in your bedroom, and vacuum if you have carpeting. If you have washable carpets then run those at least once a month.

  • Open the Curtains/Windows - The best way too can sanitize your bed is by using UV rays from the sun. Don't make your bed and let the sun hit it for as long as you can. This simple act can help ensure a cleaner environment better than most other actions.

Talk to Our Team

For more information, or to talk to a mattress expert for more assistance, feel free to call us at 800-455-1052. Our bedding experts can help you with all aspects of creating the safest and most protected sleep environment for good health!

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