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Why Mattress Cover Protectors are a Necessity

by Bill Welles

A mattress cover protector is one of the most important accessories to include alongside your mattress; however, not everyone is aware of its benefits. Mattress covers aren’t just for your children’s beds to prevent against accidents in the middle of the night, they protect any kind of mattress from every type of oil, bacteria, or fluid that the body produces. But that’s only the beginning. If you want to know why mattress covers are a necessity, first we need to get tucked into bed and discuss what these protectors do.

A mattress protector sits below your sheets on the surface of your mattress. It acts somewhat like an additional fitted sheet to cover your mattress. They are commonly made from standard bedding materials such as cotton, polyester, or other fabrics that are designed to help repel liquid and prevent dust, dirt, and other allergens from finding their way into your mattress. A mattress cover serves many purposes, but for most, they are used to resist against liquids. If you were to spill a drink in bed, have pets that sleep in the bed with you, or you frequently suffer from night-sweats, a mattress protector will help ensure your bed stays fresh and unsoiled.

Beyond that, human bodies are inherently unhygienic. Whether we feel it or not, we all perspire during the night, our skin constantly produces natural oils, some of us forget to remove our makeup before bed, and our skin cells shed each night. All these things can soak through your bedding and into your mattress. Once there is an initial stain of any kind on your mattress, it’s an almost impossible feat to get it out. A mattress cover will pick up any remnants that are left behind and can be easily stripped and thrown in the wash.

But what else will a mattress protector accomplish?

A mattress cover will retain that “like new” feeling you experience when you first buy a mattress. Any sweat or spilled drinks will wear down the foam material inside the mattress, shortening the comfort life of your bed. Think of it like using an ordinary kitchen sponge—after too many uses it starts to break down, so you replace it with a fresh sponge. Just a little bit of moisture adds up as the years go on, which can cause you to replace your mattress more quickly if you do not have a protector.  

Especially important during the spring and summer months, mattress cover protectors prevent dust mite allergies from acting up. These are very common allergies that can lead to constant sneezing, a runny nose, wheezing, and difficulty breathing. These dust mites eat away and dead skin cells, so having a cover protects these skin particles from becoming trapped in the fibers of your mattress. 

Now, some of you out there may already have a mattress pad or mattress topper, but a mattress protector is much different. A mattress pad will add a level of cushion or padding to the mattress but isn’t waterproof. A topper is a similar concept, but it is even thicker than the mattress pad. A waterproof mattress protector is a much thinner layer of fabric that won’t alter the feel of your mattress. If you buy the mattress that correctly fits your comfort needs, you won’t need the extra padding on your bed, and you can explore getting a mattress cover protector in its place.

The best types of mattress protectors will include a performance fabric on top of the cover to wick away heat and moisture. If you’re a restless sleeper who gets a little sweaty at night, it’s a great option because of the breathable feel. Regular protectors will still be waterproof and offer a cooling feel but will only include the regular fabric material from the cover. If cost is an issue, there are also mattress cover protectors that have somewhat of a plastic feel. They are less durable and don’t breathe quite as well, but it’s a cheaper option if you need something to cover your mattress. 

Everyone should have a quality mattress protector on their bed. It’s like leaving an expensive phone without a case or having a fancy car and parking it outside instead of in the garage. If you need help shopping for mattresses or any kind of sleep accessory, give us a call or stop by our store today. We’re happy to answer any questions you might have and help you find the right product to fit your sleep and comfort needs.  

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