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Why You Should Consider a Mattress Protector

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A Mattress Protector Protects You

A good mattress is one of the most important investments you can make in your life. You spend a third of your life sleeping and having a good mattress is essential for resting soundly and awaking ready for the next day. A great way to improve the longevity of your mattress is to cover it in a waterproof mattress protector.

A mattress protector may seem like a redundant item, but if you want to guarantee that your mattress warranty is sustained and any problems with your mattress are taken care of when you file a claim, a mattress protector is a must. Spills, surface stains, etc. can make a warranty claim invalid, and a mattress protector is the only way you'll be able to stop something from reaching the mattress should a spill or accident occur.

You've spent possibly thousands on your new mattress, why risk that investment when there is an easy yet effective way to guarantee that any warranty claim you file won't be denied for something you could have anticipated.

Plus, when any fluid gets into a memory foam mattress the integrity and feel can be destroyed, leaving you with a mattress that doesn’t perform the way it should. Keeping your mattress padding and foam dry and clean is imperative, and a mattress protector can do that.

What precisely does a mattress protector do for your mattress though?

  • Protects your mattress from stains or accidents with a waterproof barrier that covers the entire sleeping surface and sometimes encases your entire bed.
  • Naturally antibacterial & anti-microbial – Protect your mattress from odor-causing bacteria, and protect your health by sleeping on a much cleaner, more hygienic mattress.
  • Protect your mattress from dust mites – Keeping liquid and shed skin cells from reaching your mattress ensures that dust mites can’t live inside it.
  • Protect the longevity of your mattress – By keeping moisture and bacteria from the inside of your bed, you’ll lengthen the lifespan and comfort of your mattress.
  • A mattress protector is also great for a child's mattress, keeping the bed clean and safe and protecting their beds from accidental stains.

What is a Mattress Encasement Protector?

Mattress protection typically comes in two types and is usually a waterproof mattress cover that protects either the top layer of the bed as a mattress protector or encases the entire mattress for full protection. Either type works, however there may be some significant differences in how they function and feel.

Mattress Protectors

Most mattress protectors sit over your bed like a fitted sheet. They don’t cover the entire mattress, but do safeguard it against the majority of unintended spills, bacteria, and some allergens. Their water-resistant materials still allow for considerable airflow and breathability. There are also several made with cooling technology and Tencel fibers for a cool, soft sleeping environment. Plus, if you mattress is cooling, you'll still experience those benefits.

Choose a mattress protector if you:

  • Want protection against most spills and allergens, but don't want to feel much of it under your sheets.
  • Are on a tighter budget and need something less expensive.
  • Still plan to frequently clean your mattress to eliminate allergens
  • Want something that is a bit easier to take off, especially if you have limited mobility

Mattress Encasements

Mattress encasements are similar to protectors. They protect your mattress, but these are designed for maximum protection. Mattress encasements surround the entire mattress from top to bottom, delivering 360° coverage. They typically zipper around the entire mattress and are fantastic for keeping out things like bed bugs. You may be able to feel them a bit more through your sheets, though more modern models are designed to be soft and comforting. Removing them for laundering does take more effort than taking off a traditional mattress protector, so if you have trouble with your hands, standing, and don't have help, these might be difficult for you.

Choose a mattress encasement if you:

  • Want more complete protection against spills, allergens, and bed bugs
  • Are willing to spend a bit more for more comprehensive protection
  • Consider the mattress a “high-risk” area for accidents, including bodily fluids
  • Have very sensitive skin or allergies that require extensive protection

Tips to Find a Quality Mattress Protector or Encasement

There are several mattress protectors and encasements available on our site. Some offer simple stain protection while others also deliver protection against allergens and irritants like bed bugs, mold, dust mites, and dead skin. There are also some that provide cooling, quilted tops, and different fabric options such as terry. To find a quality protector or encasement, consider these tips:

Look at the Materials

Most protectors use moisture-resistant fabrics but still allow for some breathability. Terry cloth, polyester/Lycra, and even vinyl are popular materials that repel water with breathability maintained.

Consider Length of Protection

Mattress protectors of any quality should block out liquid immediately after contact, but only some can keep it out for an extended period of time. You'll want to ensure that it can keep liquid out for as long as you will potentially needed based on your circumstances. Long-lasting repelling can impact breathability so keep that in mind as well.

Your unique situation will determine the mattress protector you need, and there are several available that can serve you. Shop our mattress protectors and encasements here.