What is Latex
Latex is the comfort material used for building and personalizing our Natural Latex Mattresses. 100% Talalay Latex Foam Rubber is both supportive and comfortable at the same time. Making you sleep aligned and relieving your body from any pressure points. In addition, natural talalay latex is highly breathable. This helps to direct moisture and warmth away from the body.
Latex is the world’s best material for mattresses. Talalay is the best natural Latex Foam Rubber in the world. FloBeds has sourced out natural Talalay latex foam rubber from two suppliers. Talalay Global out of Connecticut and Radium Foam/Vita Talalay in The Netherlands. Both are made with the Talalay process invented by Joseph Talalay.
Natural Latex Foam Rubber is hypoallergenic and anti-microbial (bacteria, mold and mildew resistant). Dust mites do not thrive in natural latex. Natural Latex is 3 times more resistant to dust mites than a traditional mattress, creating the perfect sleeping environment for folks who suffer from allergies. Breath clean, fresh-air every night.
Talalay natural latex is the most hygienic choice for your organic natural latex bed. Because of excellent breathability and insulation, talalay sleeps cool in summer and warm in winter. The natural latex helps you to sleep deeper and wake up more refreshed. Because you sleep on a talalay natural latex bed, it is easy for you to turn in your sleep and at the same time avoid tossing and turning.
Produced using no fillers, petrochemicals or shortcuts, our 100% Natural Latex components are always made using the Talalay process.
FloBeds 100% Natural Latex is biodegradable and Oeko-tex Certified (Europe’s highest environmental consumer product standard) to be free of harmful substances or chemicals.
What is Latex and how is it made?
Latex is a milky white liquid composed of rubber particles dispersed in water. This material is whipped with air to form a foam, which is heated to produce foam rubber, or latex. The soft, supple products of a real foam rubber are what make our products superior. Latex is inherently hypoallergenic, antimicrobial and dust-mite resistant. Latex is not a plastic foam, like polyurethane or furniture foam. It is a denser product made of rubber to last a lifetime. Unlike urethane, latex will feel as good years from now as it does the day it is produced.
Unlike some competing products, our Talalay products contain no fillers or extenders. Only the components needed to convert the material from a liquid to a solid that lasts are added: soap, ammonia, zinc oxide and sulfur. The ammonia evaporates and the soap and zinc oxide are washed out. The sulfur is needed to cure the product so that it bounces back after you sleep on it.
Most recent Latex International test data on our standard and 100% natural mattress products:
To test Softening over time a machine is used that conducts what we call our Impact test: 24,000 cycles over a 24hr period with a 30 lb weight being dropped onto a 17″x17″x6″ block of foam. The test is similar to the first 24,000 cycles of the Cornell test where the vast majority of product softening occurs. We believe that our Impact test is more stringent.
How Talalay Latex is Made
TheTalalay process features natural, biodegradable ingredients that come from renewable resources and water-based raw materials: natural latex(milk from the rubber tree), air and water.
Talalay Process Steps
Liquid rubber whipped into a foam and poured into a mold.
When closed the mold has rods that go through the foamed rubber.
A vacuum is placed on the mold, which removes air bubbles/pockets and distributes the liquid rubber evenly through the mold.
CO2 is run through the rods, freezing the foamed rubber and locking in the consistency.
Heat is sent through the rods, providing even temperature and yielding a consistent latex cores without air pockets or uneven firmnesses.
The Talalay Process takes more expensive equipment and takes 5 times as long to make than the Dunlop process, making the Talalay more expensive… but vastly superior.
To test Height Loss we conduct an ASTM latex foam compression set test of 50% compression at 158 F for 22 hours with height loss measured on a 6″ thick block of foam. We tested both blended and 100% natural latex.
|Blended Talalay||100% Natural||Difference|
|SOFTENING||14.8% impact loss||17.4% impact loss||2.6%|
Talalay vs Dunlop Latex
Every Talalay Core takes almost 5 hours to make, compared to only 1 hour for a Dunlop processed core… but the Talalay latex is so much better, well worth the wait! Why settle for second best?
Natural vs. Blended
FloBeds offers 100% Natural Latex Mattresses. We used to also offer Blended 30% Natural + 70% Synthetic Latex. Both processed using the Talalay method and will last 10 years with only 5% to 6% softening.
As more and more of our customers decided on the all natural latex, we found we were buying a volume that made the price difference between Natural and Blended less than 10% and at that price Natural out-sold Blended by an ever increasing margin.
The appearance, touch, feel and performance are virtually the same, which is why FloBeds always offered a 20 Year Warranty whether a Blended or Natural Latex mattresses.
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 versus blended over 10 years.
Dave inspects Talalay latex core in production
Firmness Spectrum of Natural Latex
|Firmness||(ILD= Indentation Load Deflection)||Natural Density|
|Soft Natural||22 ILD||4.05 (Lb/ft3)|
|Medium (Natural)||28 ILD||4.59 (Lb/ft3)|
|Firm (Natural)||32 ILD||4.86 (Lb/ft3)|
|Extra Firm (Natural)||36 ILD||5.49 (Lb/ft3)|
|Super Firm (Natural)||44 ILD||6.40 (Lb/ft3)|
|Convolute (Natural)||28 ILD convoluted to 16 ILD||n/a|
Hardness range measurements based on ASTM D-1055. (ILDs are production specification and may vary ± 2 ILD)
ILD is a firmness measurement (ILD= Indentation Load Deflection) and is a standard for measuring foam 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 determine 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.
|Product||Nominal Dimensions||FloBeds Finished Dimensions||Width Min/Max||Length Min/Max|
|Twin||39 X 75||38 X 75||37½ to 38½||74¼ to 75 ¾|
|Twin XL||39 X 80||38 X 80||37½ to 38½||79¼ to 80 ¾|
|Full||54 X 75||54 X 75||53½ to 54½||74¼ to 75 ¾|
|Full XL||54 X 80||54 X 80||53½ to 54½||79¼ to 80 ¾|
|Queen||60 X 80||60 X 80||59½ to 60½||79¼ to 80 ¾|
|King||76 X 80||76 to 80||75½ to 76½||79¼ to 80 ¾|
|Cal King||72 X 84||72 X 84||71½ to 72½||83¼ to 84 ¾|
All dimensions based on nominal dimensions and tolerances given in ANSI Standard Z357.1 – 1981