If you have a mattress protector in your home and don’t know how to care for it here is our guide on how to clean it.
If you live somewhere humid like Australia, you’ll probably find yourself waking up damp each day. This could mean your mattress needs protection. Most people don’t realise how much moisture gets trapped inside their mattress until they start sleeping on an unprotected one. Moisture causes mould growth, so keeping your mattress dry means less mold growing underneath your body.
How do Mattress Protectors work?
A good mattress protector is designed to be breathable yet waterproof. It should also have some kind of barrier between it and your skin or clothes. The most common type used by Australians is made from polyester with cotton lining. They come as a single layer or double-layered protector. Some mattresses may require two layers. A few companies offer triple-layer protection where a top sheet, middle liner, and bottom cover are all sewn together.
What are the benefits of using a mattress protector?
The main benefit of having a mattress protector on your bedding is that you can sleep more comfortably at night without worrying about getting wet when you get up in the morning. You will not need to worry about stains appearing on your sheets either because they won’t! If you’re worried about dust mites, then this product will help keep them away too.
How do you choose which mattress protector is suitable for you?
There are three main factors when choosing a mattress cover; size, style and price. The first thing to look at is how big it is – if you’re looking for something small enough to fit under your existing pillow, then there are plenty of options around this size. If you want something more extensive than this, you’ll need to decide whether you prefer a complete length design or just one side. Full-length plans usually cost slightly more but provide better coverage over both sides of the mattress. One-sided covers tend to be cheaper but only protect half the bed.
Next, consider what style suits your bedroom best. There’s no point in buying a mattress protector that doesn’t match your room decor. For example, if you’ve got dark wood furniture, then you might want to go for a black colour option. Or maybe you’d instead stick with white or cream colours. Choose wisely here.
Finally, think about the price. Do you need to spend $100+ on a new mattress protector? Many retailers sell high-quality products well below this amount. Look out for deals and discounts online.
Which type of mattress protector should you buy?
There are three main categories of mattress protectors – an all-in-one, encase and zip up. All-in-ones are simply a single layer of material that wraps around the entire mattress. They’re usually made from cotton or microfiber materials, and they tend to be more affordable than their encase counterparts. Encases are similar to all-ins, except there is another layer inside the protector, which helps keep moisture away from your body while still allowing airflow through. Zip ups are basically like an all-in-one. Instead of being wrapped around the whole mattress, they open up into individual panels so you can easily remove each panel individually. This makes zips much easier to use compared to all-in-ones.
All-In-One Mattress Protectors
These types of mattress protectors are great value for money and easy to clean. However, they don’t always give adequate protection against spills and leaks. Also, these types of mattress protectors aren’t suitable for people who suffer from allergies.
Encased Mattress Protector
This type of mattress protector provides excellent protection against spills and leaks whilst keeping allergens such as dust mites free. These types of mattress protectors often feature anti-microbial properties to prevent bacteria growth. They are generally thicker than all-in-ones and therefore heavier.
Zip Up Mattress Protectors
Zipped mattress protectors are ideal for allergy sufferers. They allow you to quickly access any part of the mattress protector without removing the whole thing. Zippers make cleaning quick and straightforward. Most manufacturers recommend washing these types of mattress protectors separately from other items in your laundry basket.
Are our mattress protectors safe for children’s beds?
Yes, these products are suitable for use on any child’s bed, including toddler beds. However, if you want extra peace of mind, we recommend purchasing one tested against harmful chemicals such as flame retardants. These types of mattresses tend to cost slightly more but are worth every cent.
Mattresses aren’t cheap, especially if you want them customised to suit your needs. However, there are ways to ensure that you get value for money when buying a mattress protector. By choosing wisely, you’ll ensure that you have a comfortable, safe and secure place to lay down each evening.
We recommend the cotton mattress protector for individuals looking for a combination of breathability and maximum comfort. It comes in a variety of sizes, ranging from single beds to king and queen beds.
The waterproof mattress protector, which combines a cotton top with a waterproof backing without sacrificing the antibacterial benefits of other alternatives, is recommended for individuals seeking protection from accidental spills.