Buying the best waterproof mattress protector
When we think about buying a waterproof mattress protector, it is often in response to members of our household having accidents during the night. However, did you know that a waterproof mattress protector can do a lot more than save your mattress from fluid damage? They have several other benefits that are worth investing in, some of which might surprise you.
What else do they do?
Ease allergic reactions
If you’re an allergy or asthma sufferer, buying a waterproof mattress protector can help prevent flare-ups. The sneezing, shortening of breath and runny noses we suffer as a result of dust mites living in our mattresses are greatly reduced when using a mattress protector – especially a protector that’s waterproof.
Increases the life of your mattress
When you use a waterproof mattress protector, you’re preventing wear and tear by creating a barrier between you and your mattress, which helps it reach the upper end of its life expectancy. You can also easily clean a mattress protector by putting it in the wash if there are any accidents, spills, oil or sweat stains.
Prevents bed bugs
Bed bugs are notoriously difficult to get rid of, but using a mattress protector goes a long way in preventing them breeding and spreading, allowing you enough time to eradicate them before an infestation occurs.
Studies have shown that up to 1 million microscopic mites can live in your bed at any given time. These mites can cause or worsen skin ailments such as eczema. Our bodies can also fluctuate between 1 – 2 degrees Celsius while we sleep, with some adults losing up to 1 litre of water each night. This can cause bacteria and mould to grow – key elements for dust mites to thrive. So, maintaining a hygienic sleeping environment is essential to keeping your skin and respiratory system healthy, and using a waterproof mattress is highly recommended.
Aren’t they uncomfortable?
In the past, waterproof mattress protectors were considered noisy, hot and uncomfortable. But, as the market has evolved, so have the mattress protectors. Nowadays, most waterproof mattress toppers are noiseless, breathable and will snugly protect your mattress without changing the feel of it. Our best seller does exactly that, which you can buy via our website here.
What should I check before I buy?
There a few key considerations when deciding which mattress protector to buy, all of which depend on the type, quality and material you’re looking for.
When you buy a mattress, you’re making an investment that should last you between 7 – 10 years. Buying a mattress protector should be no different. After all, a good mattress protector will not only protect your mattress, but your investment too. The cost will differ depending on the specifications, but as a general rule: the better the investment, the better the reward.
Many fabric mattress protectors are waterproof, so it’s worth checking out their individual specifications before you invest in one. However, polyester and vinyl blends are materials that are commonly used, often cited as the best for durability, waterproofing, and mould and mildew prevention.
When considering comfort, look for additional support and padding options, including a pore size of 8 microns or less. The breathability of the mattress protector should also be considered, especially when choosing a waterproof protector, as one that doesn’t breathe will be hot and uncomfortable.
If you’re worried about allergies, look for a hypoallergenic mattress protector, which can come in several varieties.
Choosing the type of waterproof mattress protector depends entirely on the risk involved. A fitted mattress protector will slide over the corners of your mattress, protecting against most spills and stains. An elastic strap protector will fit over the four corners of the bed, which is good for the more risk adverse buyer.
Depending on whether you’re buying a waterproof mattress to protect from stains and dust mites, or one to protect against accidents in the night, take into account the absorbency, which will be indicated by the amount of litres it claims to be able to soak up. A standard amount for most buyers will be between 2 and 4 litres.
Lastly, be sure to check whether you can put your mattress protector in the wash. Washable mattress protectors or ones that can be easily wiped down will increase their life expectancy, cleanliness and durability.
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