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An Interview With Our Mattress Pro
Dewey Turner has worked at FloBeds for over 10 years selling original blended and all-natural latex mattresses. He has walked countless customers through the process of mattress shopping, so I interviewed Dewey to see if I could gather some mattress shopping information.
Things You Should Know When Mattress Shopping
If I am looking for a blended or all-natural latex mattress where should I start?
If you have decided you want to go with a latex mattress, I can say your on the right track! Whether you purchase a bed from us or anyone else, I would highly recommend all latex. Latex is more durable than anything used in the bedding industry, and here at FloBeds we can make sure you get the proper support needed for your body, without compromising comfort. I would determine if you want blended or natural, that will narrow down your field, and leads us right into the next question. If your curious on what firmness level might be best for you, check out this page people use to customize the mattress of there dreams every day! http://www.flobeds.com/build-bed/
How do I know if I want a blended or an all-natural latex mattress?
I would first ask you, what kind of milk do you buy? If your answer was organic, likely your living that type of lifestyle. We are a very honest company, and honestly, the difference between the blended talalay vs the 100% natural talalay are not found in performance, durability, of feel. I say to customers every day, “as far as look, touch, feel, performance and warranty go, the two are the same.” It comes down to a personal preference, the blended is 30%natural and 70% synthetic, the synthetic components are Styrene butadiene rubber. The natural is 100% natural. The biggest difference is, in 20 -30 years from now, if your latex mattress finds its way to a landfill, the natural will biodegrade on its own, while the blended will not. You pay an additional $300 dollars for the chemical free sleeping environment. And I can’t tell you one is better than the other, the choice is yours.
When determining which is right for you, keep in mind that the most recent Latex International testing demonstrates a modest 2.6% increase in natural latex softening, and a less than 1% increase in height loss of natural latex vs. blended over 10 years. 100% Natural Latex is the best choice for thise looking for a chemical free bed, although we have found that off gassing is not an issue with Blended Latex. We use Blended Talalay from Latex International in Connecticut and Natural Talalay from Radium in the Netherlands.
What is an ILD?
ILD stand for Indentation Load Deflection and is a standard for measuring foam firmness. This is the universal scale in which the firmness of latex is labeled throughout the bedding industry. Below is a list of the ILD’s for each of our firmness levels, as well as a more scientific description of ILD.
|Soft Blended||19 ILD|
|Soft Natural||22 ILD|
|Medium (Natural and Blended)||28 ILD|
|Firm (Natural and Blended)||32 ILD|
|Extra Firm (Natural and Blended)||36 ILD|
|Super Firm (Natural and Blended)||44 ILD|
ILD is a firmness measurement that is a standard for measuring firmness. It is also called IFD, or Indention Force Deflection. It is a measure of load bearing capacity or firmness. IFD is measured on the surface as 25% IFD. For example to deteermine 25% IFD, a four-inch thick latex sample is compressed to three-inch thickness. The number of pounds required to achieve compression is the 25% IFD value. The higher the IFD the firmer the surface feel.
What is the difference between Talalay and Dunlop?
For years we carried Natural Dunlop processed latex for our natural customers, because before the year 2005 Natural Talalay was not available. During the years that we were carrying Natural Dunlop, we ran into many issues. We are selling a product 90% of the time to customers over the phone or off our website, we are selling sight unseen. Often, a customer may be rather skeptical when the mattress they just ordered arrives in pieces. During the installation our customers tend to look at each piece rather closely, touching, feeling, and even smelling the foam rubber going into the bed they plan to spend the next 20 years on. With the Dunlop Latex customers would notice that one firm Dunlop core felt different than the next, eye brows began to raise, and customers looked even closer and noticed that the firmness was not even consistent in the head and foot of one piece. We are really micro tuning mattresses for folks here, and the inconsistency’s our customers found in the Dunlop processed latex made our job a bit more difficult. The Talalay process just produces a more consistent, durable product, a product we are happy to stamp our name on.
For more information: on Talalay vs Dunlop, or latex in general check out this page on our website: http://www.flobeds.com/information/latex/about-latex-links.htm#TalalayVsDunlop
Why do you suggest a customized bed?
With a conventional mattress made by say, one of the major “S” brands, a very large couple may walk into a showroom and be told one mattress will be good for them. Lets say he weighs 300lbs, while she is 275lbs. Later that afternoon it would not be uncommon for that very same mattress to be sold to another couple weighing half as much. What I’m getting at here is, people are built differently, their mattresses should be too. Here’s a link to more information on that topic: http://www.flobeds.com/information/latex/changeable-firmness.htm
What kind of warranty questions should I ask?
Most mattress company’s have warranties, often overstated, and over claimed. The question is will the company your thinking of going with stand behind there warranty? Many will not, we will: http://www.bbb.org/greater-san-francisco/business-reviews/mattresses/flobeds-in-fort-bragg-ca-15241 and have been since the 70’s.
Derived from the rubber tree, natural latex has qualities that simply make it the PERFECT ORGANIC MATTRESS MATERIAL.
Organic Cotton where it counts most…next to your body. You spend all day in a harsh world. Retreat to a natural bed covered with organic cotton for a true safe haven.
Nature’s best bedding fiber, Plein-Air Wool® is the term used for wool that comes from… well, happy sheep that live outside all year round and aren’t exposed to pesticides or herbicides. Not surprisingly, wool from sheep raised in this humane manner is superior in resilience, bounce & loft.
The longest day… the shortest night. The Sun is at its highest point over the North Pole. Summer is officially upon us. Enjoy the day… and get a good night’s sleep on your FloBed, no matter how long the sun stays down.
The mattress that is good for you… and good for the whole world.
It rained again today. What a blessing.
We have had 3 years of very dry weather. The thought of mandatory water rationing is not pleasant, but was on the horizon before these last two storms.
I hope the rain continues.
The sheep need it too!
Spring lambs are frolicking. They will be making future FloBeds wool and live to an old age. Are sheep-years like dog-years? One thing is certain: our customers don’t count sheep!
Maybe you should consider a natural latex mattress made with 100% pure milk of the rubber tree foam rubber cores surrounded by organic cotton and organic wool (the wool is our way of making a fire-safe mattress that meets US Open Flame Mattress Standards). No more counting sheep… just enjoy the great qualities of latex and wool in a chemical free bed of your dreams!
Good for you…
Good for the whole world!
Your body will thank you for the natural rest and recovery you get from 100% Natural FloBeds. You put 100% into your day, get it back each night our unparalleled line of human support systems.
Natural before it was “Green”.
At FloBeds, we construct our natural latex mattresses with what folks now-a-days call Green materials, like natural rubber, organic cotton and Plein-Air Wool, not because we are jumping on the green bandwagon to sell our wares, but because it is the right thing to do. And because, that’s how we have always done it.
Read how we use wool to meet the Federal mattress flame resistant laws
Good for you…
Good for the whole world!
Wow… we didn’t make it to Cyber Monday… didn’t count on so many of our customers jumping on our clearance… The warehouse is back in order. Thank you FloBed owners!
Seconds? Latex cores and toppers that are not first quality. A manufacturing mistake (maybe a rough surface) , truck or forklift damage or a core made up of 3 or 4 smaller pieces laminated. We have been providing the best quality latex available anywhere. Others put their latex in a cover and sew it up… you never see it. We let you manipulate your latex cores to make the mattress firmness just right! And you get to see every piece… touch it, squeeze it and appreciate it. So of course we make sure only the best latex goes to our customers.
It only goes to follow we have to set some pieces aside. Some pieces becomes more pieces and soon we start taking up serious warehouse space. So what to do? We decided to have a “Seconds Sale” and offer our beds at a big discount. Save this Thanksgiving weekend. We couldn’t decide whether to call it a Black Friday Sale, Cyber Monday or Clearance Sale. So we went with all three. Welcome to the Black-Friday Cyber-Monday Clearance Sale this Thanksgiving weekend. All our designs: Save! Every one with a new “First” quality FloBeds cover made of organic cotton stretch knit quilted to organic wool. Inside will be “Second” quality FloBeds Talalay latex components. These beds will sleep the same: just as comfortable, just as adjustable (you even get the Golidlocks Guarantee where you can buy 2 additional firmness cores for $75 for 5 years) and just as durable.
Sage sleep advice from FloBeds founder, Dave Turner, who also happens to be the Mayor of our fair city of Fort Bragg, California… Really, he’s our founder and our Mayor! We had to give him his own “column”.
Life is too short for a cheap mattress. OK, something original… Quality is important. As my kids say: “Huge”. We don’t cut corners when it comes to the quality of our components. And because of our manufacturer-direct-to-you model, our prices are still reasonable. But right up there with quality and our attention to detail is our attention to YOU. We’re real good at getting your mattress Just Right for your body. And when we don’t, were the best at making it right. We can tune our beds to you. If we can’t… we give your money back. It’s not complicated, but it takes a lot of attention. We promise to give you our attention. I hope you enjoy our new improved look. Thanks Eve.
People who care about the environment and live a green lifestyle want their bed to be all-natural too.
Purchasing a mattress is a significant investment, so here are some tips to help you get the best value when you buy green.
First, know what materials to look for. You’ll avoid mattresses made of environmentally unfriendly materials if you look for organic cotton, untreated wool, natural latex and sustainably harvested pine.
The organic cotton should be where it counts most… next to your body. Organic cotton is the original sustainable fabric, grown and processed with out chemicals.
Mattress covers should include natural wool. Wool is naturally fire and pest resistant, so a blend of wool and cotton is better than cotton-only. Organic wool allows air-flow around your body, and naturally wicks away moisture. You’ll not only sleep cool and dry, but sleep with peace of mind, knowing the wool is the finest wool gathered in the most sheep-friendly way. Organic wool is free of pollutants and harmful substances with zero chemicals used during the growing and processing. There should be wool on all six sides of the mattress.
When you look inside of a green mattress, expect to find certified natural latex. Not foam, not metal springs, just layers of 100% natural latex. 100% natural means there are no petro-chemicals, just natural rubber harvested sustainably from the rubber tree. 100% natural latex is a great green choice as it’s biodegradable and Oekotex Certified.
The wood foundation should be all natural too. Look for foundations made from FSC certified pine sustainably harvested from Ponderosa Pine forests in the western United States and Birch Forests in Western Europe.
Next, learn about the maker of the mattress; this is easy since very few companies specialize in building green mattresses.
Visit their web site to see what they have to say, and ask around to see what their customers say about their products and service. Then call the company and see how much they know about green products and what they’re like to work with.
Once you find a mattress made of quality organic materials, produced by a company with a good reputation for quality and service, find out where to purchase their bed. Most retail mattress stores do not offer all-natural mattresses so the best place to find a green mattress is online. Buying on-line direct from the manufacturer works because you get to really sleep on the bed so you know how your body feels in the morning. Just make certain they have a money back guarantee and will work with you to get ‘just right’.
Buying on-line can also be good for the environment. Ask if the company uses Smart Packaging to save on resources. A king size mattress and foundation can be shipped in just 4 small cartons which saves fuel and trees. And buying direct from the factory saves fuel and distribution costs.
Finally, you can rest easy if you know your green mattress can be recycled at the end of it’s life. Every part of a green sleep system should be 100% recyclable and biodegradable.
FloBeds was the first mattress company to use wool (and no chemicals) to pass the new Federal FR standards.