FloCare Fluid Hospital Mattress patented by: FloBeds

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Fluid Mattress for HealthCare

No Longer in Production

An Exploded View
of The Fluid Mattress

Your FloCare Water mattress will provide quality and pressure relief you can rest assured on.

pressure relief

  • Cover made of conforming supple healthcare fabric allows the body to be supported by fluid as intended. to clean, fluid proof and bacteria resistant with Easy Microban “B” bacteriostatic agent.
  • Fluid Mattress contoured to your body provides full pressure relief with patented fiber filled yielding waveless design. Anchor keeps mattress in place as head is raised. Water flows down to sacral area where needed when sitting up. Boot Liner provides extra protection when head of bed is raised.
  • Sacral Bladder provides extra support in the mid body area. Allows soft yielding flotation mattress with out danger of bottoming out.
  • Safety Liner covers entire foam basin. In the event of puncture, water will be captured.
  • Temperature Control System with digital control sets exact temperature desired…cool or warm. Correct skin temperature plays a role in the prevention and treatment of pressure ulcers.
  • Tri-Foam Basin made of 3 densities of foam. The base is super strong high density foam designed to support the fluid mattress on a conventional hospital base. High density firm but yielding side rails enable ease of entry and exit from bed. Soft comfortable foam inclines where you might come into contact with.

 

Latex Mattress FAQ

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Frequently Asked Questions About Latex Mattresses

We have compiled the most often questions we hear about the general topic of Latex Mattresses. For our latex mattress models and prices go Here: Natural Latex Mattresses.

  1. History of latex mattress?
  2. Shipping a Bed in a Box catches on.
  3. What is the best natural mattress?
  4. What is the best natural latex mattress?
  5. How to buy a natural mattress.
  6. How to choose a natural mattress.
  7. How to order/buy a natural mattress.
  8. Where to buy a latex mattress.
  9. Latex mattress – which brand is best?
  10. Which latex mattress should I buy?
  11. Which latex mattress is the best?
  12. Who makes the best latex mattress?
  13. What is a talalay latex mattress?
  14. What is an organic latex mattress?
  15. How firm is a latex mattress?
  16. How much does a latex mattress cost?
  17. How is a latex mattress is made?
  18. Are latex mattresses comfortable?
  19. Are latex mattresses better than spring?
  20. Are latex mattresses less toxic?
  21. Are latex mattresses good for back pain?
  22. Are latex mattresses hot?
    1. History of latex mattress.
      History of RubberIn the 1940’s and 1950’s latex was the popular good quality mattress material. With the advent of national brands developed through advertising on the three major networks, in combination with rising dominance of department stores, cost cutting became more important than quality. The “Big S’s” — Simmons, Sealy, Serta, Spring Air — replaced latex foam rubber with the cheaper polyurethane foam. The then largest purchaser of foam rubber, the auto industry, also switched due to cost and weight. Soon there was only one producer of latex foam rubber in the United States (Latex International, now known as Talalay Global). In the 1980’s and early 1990’s Englander Mattress Company was the only distributor of latex mattresses through-out the United States. Meanwhile, in Europe latex foam rubber remained the quality mattress material of choice. One reason was the difficulty of mass marketing in Europe where language and currency created smaller trade areas and rewarded quality over marketing.On the north coast of California in 1996, Dave Turner, a water bed entrepreneur was looking for the right materials to put into his on-line mattress project. Turner met Roger Coffee from Latex International at a trade show and saw the potential high quality latex in his unique Customizable Mattress sold directly to the consumer via his new website: FloBeds.com. At first FloBeds offered half-latex/half-water or half-latex/half-air or half-latex/half-firmer-latex shipped direct to the customer via UPS. It wasn’t long before Dave saw that the customer almost always preferred the latex side and the water and air were dropped from the system. FloBeds became the largest west coast distributor of latex. Thus began the modern online direct-to-consumer bed-in-a-box business. At first the traditional companies smiled and asked “who would want a mattress that had different firmnesses on each side?” FloBeds quietly grew by double digits each year. A few companies copied the design.
  1. Shipping a Bed in a Box catches on.
    In 2004 saw the entry of BedinaBox.com into the marketplace. A few others also started shipping via parcel post. Then along came Casper Mattress with its’ $15 million it raised from investors like Ashton Kutcher, Nas, and designer Steven Alan. “Keep It Simple Stupid” matched with great marketing proved to be a one-mattress-fits-all winner in the low-end mattress world But they only had 3/4″ of latex and 3/4″ of memory foam over… you guessed it: polyurethane. Watching their sales rocket to $20 million in the first year was like throwing one hundred dollar bills in a crowed New York intersection. Over 150 new startups mobbed the online mattress business.A few have latex. Most are sub $1,000 products with plain vanilla ingredients and a million dollar marketing effort. Here are some of bigger advertisers:

    Leesa
    Yogabed
    Cocoon
    Eve
    Saatva’s Loom & Leaf division
    Dreambed
    Bedinabox
    Helix
    GhostBed
    Amerisleep
    Lul
    WinkBeds
    Nest bedding
    Layla
    Novosbed
    Brooklyn Bedding
    Intellibed
    Purple
    PlushBeds
    Alexander by Nest
    Zenhaven by Saatva
    Spindle Mattress
    Aviya
    Turf & Needle
    Bear Mattress
    Hyphen
    EzoBed
    Dream on One
    Nolah
    Eve
    Endy
    Brentwood Home
    Zinus
    Luxi
    SonnoBed
    Ameena
    myCloud
    WRiGHT
    Yogabed
    Organica Mattress
    Safavieh Dream
    and then there is FloBeds, most of whose customers come by word of mouth.

  2. What is the best natural mattress?
    There are several companies that make very good natural mattresses. One of the best is Royalpedic. OMI makes a very good organic mattress line, as does Savvyrest. FloBeds was the first to use natural wool as a fire barrier to pass the 2007 Federal Standard for the Flammability of Mattress Sets (Open Flame Test) — Consumer Product Safety Commission – 16 CFR Part 1633. The CPSC didn’t believe FloBeds could pass without using FR chemicals or artificial barriers. They sent two inspectors to the north coast of California and picked up two FloBeds Natural Latex Mattresses covered with Organic Cotton and Wool.
  3. What is the best natural latex mattress?
    There are three competitors for the best of class: OMI, Savvyrest and FloBeds.
  4. How to buy a natural mattress.
    The first thing is to consider your sleeping needs. Do you sleep on your back, side or stomach… or a combination of those? Do you have pain issues with shoulders or hips when you sleep on your side? How much do you weigh? Does your partner weight more or less than you? Do you generally like firmer or softer mattresses. Make sure you can change your firmness after you receive your new mattress. And if you can not get your firmness just right, make sure you can get your money back. Be sure each of you can have the firmness on your side correct for your body, your pressure points, your spine and your good night’s sleep. And then make sure you can adjust your mattress firmness for the life of the mattress, which should be at least 20 years.
  5. How to choose a natural mattress.
    Service: Look for a company with a reputation for taking care of its customers over the long haul. Not just a couple of years, but at least 10 years. Preferably for over 20, because you want them to be there when you need them… not just cashing in on a trend and then moving on or disbanding.Quality: Look for superior components like Natural Talalay Latex, Organic Cotton, American or European raised Organic Wool and FSC certified lumber.

    Value: Look for honest pricing, without the ever-lasting sale. Prices that are fair. Weigh quality and service combined with price.

  6. How to order a natural mattress How to buy a latex mattress.
    Order a mattress only after assuring yourself:
    –That your personal sleep demographics (age, weight, sleep position, sex, etc.) have been taken into account.
    –That you can change firmness, now and over the life of the mattress. (And that the company has a history of always having on hand the inventory you might need.)
    –That you can get your money back.
    –That it will be shipped to you within 1-3 days.
  7. Where to buy a latex mattress.
    Look for honesty, quality and service. Consider OMI, Savvyrest and FloBeds. 
  8. Latex mattress – which brand is best?
    OMI, Savvyrest and FloBeds.
  9. Which latex mattress should I buy?
    Consider your sleeping needs. See FAQ 6 and 7 above.
  10. Which latex mattress is the best? — What’s the best latex mattress on the market? — What’s the best latex mattress?
    The FloBeds vZone is made with the highest quality components and has the most versatility.
  11. Who makes the best latex mattress?
    OMI, Savvyrest and FloBeds.
  12. What is a talalay latex mattress?
    The undisputed superior latex is Talalay. It takes five times as long to make a Talalay latex core than a Dunlop latex core. Talaly is more consistent, supple and comfortable.
    *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.
  13. What is an organic latex mattress? What is a natural latex mattress?
    The undisputed superior latex is Talalay. It takes five times as long to make a Talalay latex core than a Dunlop latex core. Talaly is more consistant, supple and comfortable. Both come in a complete range of firmnesses (some companies make their latex mattresses with Dunlop on the bottom and Talalay on top, saying “you want firmer base”, but that does not make comfort sense. Firm Talalay on bottom will feel the same as Firm Dulnop on bottom: you just won’t be able to move the Dunlop up closer to your body without comprising the pressure relief gained from Talalay). So, taking the cleanest, best Natural Talalay Latex and surrounding it with Organic Cotton and Wool makes the best organic latex mattress.
  14. How firm is a latex mattress?
    Some companies make their latex mattress in one or two firmnesses. This means you are choosing a firmness for the convenience of the company, not what your body needs. For over 20 years FloBeds has been offering 5 firmness cores (Soft, Medium, Firm, Extra-Firm and SuperFirm) in up to 13 firmness combinations (S/S, S/M, M/S, M/M, M/F, F/M, F/F, F/XF, XF/F, XF/XF, XF/SF, SF/XF and SF/SF). Consider that 13 firmnesses was for the 2-core layer Select from the 1990’s, and that now that FloBeds has a vZone with changeable Zones and a 3-core layer Deluxe the combinations are in the hundreds. With a FloBed, you are guaranteed your firmness will be Just Right.
  15. How much does a latex mattress cost?
    Latex mattresses cost from $699 to $8,000. The OMI Duo king is $8,000. Savvyrest Unity Pillowtop king is $5,000. FloBeds vZone king is $3,000.
  16. How is a latex mattress is made? How are latex mattress 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 hypo-allergenic, anti-microbial 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.
  17. Are latex mattresses comfortable?
    No other mattress material conforms to your body’s nooks and crannies like Talalay latex. It pushes back in just the right places. It doesn’t break down and cause your back to sag.
  18. Are latex mattresses better than spring?
    Latex mattresses out-last and out-perform springs. It contours to your body and provides support where you need it. Because latex is a natural product (made from the milk of the rubber tree) it costs more than a twist of wire into a spring.
  19. Are latex mattresses less toxic?
    Mattresses companies over the last 50 years have created unhealthy sleep environments. The poly-foam has chemicals you don’t want to breathe. FR chemicals are even worse. Natural latex combined with a cover made with organic cotton and wool make the cleanest mattress possible.
  20. Are latex mattresses good for back pain?
    Latex mattresses that offer the ability to adjust your firmness are the answer to a lifetime of back pain. The right firmness of Talalay latex can align your spine and relieve pressure points. Side sleepers that suffer from back pain will want to look a zone layer that can be adjusted at each pressure point (like the FloBeds vZone).
  21. Are latex mattresses hot?
    Latex mattress made from Talalay latex have an open cell foam rubber structure, allow air to move and help you sleep cool. Surround the Talalay latex with Organic cotton & wool for maximum air circulation and you will sleep cool and comfortable. Add a slatted foundation to enhance air flow and you have covered all the bases.

More Frequently Asked Questions about Latex

Mendocino Coast Inns and B&Bs with FloBeds

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bed & breakfast inns Fort Bragg and on the mendocino coast

Putting the “Bed” inn Bed & Breakfast

The Alegria Inn

Alegria InnA popular ocean front inn with cottages, Alegria is located in the beautiful town of Mendocino, California. The Alegria Inn has not 1, not 2, but 3 FloBeds for guests to enjoy! Our mattresses can be found in the Pacific Suite, Cove Cottage, and the Tree House rooms.

So what are you waiting for? Come up to the Mendocino coast and stay at the Alegria Inn for a relaxing vacation on a FloBed.

Alegria Inn Bed and Breakfast

Pacific Suite with FloBed Latex Mattress Pacific Suite (Photo Credits Alegria Inn website)

Whether you are exploring the garden or unwinding in the hot tube with an ocean view, you are sure to experience a relaxing vacation. On the Alegria Inn Facebook customer Edu Montenegro Susperreguygave the inn 5 stars. He said, “We had such a great time there 2 weekends ago. We stayed in the best room, the cove cottage. It felt as if we were all alone in paradise, but with a wonderful breakfast waiting for us every morning, cookies every afternoon, hot tub in the evening, and a ready made fire at night. We cant wait to go back.”

Harbor Lite Lodge

Harbor Lite Lodge

Sitting atop Noyo Harbor, the Harbor Lite Lodge boasts location and views.

Choose from 14 rooms with FloBeds!

Here on the Mendocino Coast, the Harbor Lite offers you the comforts of home. From fresh pancake, biscuits and gravy breakfast to /FloBeds and private balconies, you will enjoy your rest.

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Andiron Seaside Inn and Cabins on the Mendociono Coast with FloBeds Andiron Inn Little River

We are 11 one and two room cabins perfectly situated on five acres of meadow and woods on Highway 1 in Little River. Minutes away fromeverything– beaches, wineries, diving, hikes, Mendocino, breweries, good food – but quiet, relaxing, and fun, our housekeeping cabins and rooms are each entirely unique and reflect our love of everything vintage, salvaged, rehabbed, and recycled. Add super-comfy beds, a sweet hot tub, and weekend happy hours, and you’ve got a mighty fine getaway. Plus, we think your pets are swell, so bring ’em along.

Andiron Seaside Inn and Cabins on Mendocino Coast with FloBed
Cabin 11 Curious (photo credits Andrion Inn website)CURIOUS features all sorts of ways to indulge your curiosity about the world around us. We’ve put a couple old telescopes and guides to the night sky, fantastic-old-but-working binoculars, field guides to local flora and fauna, science kits, and Audubon prints and a bird whistle. We’ve filled our forties-era maple cabinet with smarty-pants games and an eclectic mix of books and activities. Finally, there’s also a sweet mural of the moon and stars. Magical!

CURIOUS has a king FloBed, kitchenette, fireplace, bathroom, deck. CURIOUS adjoins CURIOUS-ER. The two cabins can be rented together or separately.

Pacific Blue Vacation Rentals

Pacific Blue ViewPacific Blue InsideFloBeds Natural Latex MattressAll three of these units have Natural Deluxe FloBeds installed since November 2017

Choose from 3 units in the Noyo River Harbor.

 

The formula is simple- you take a beautiful vacation on the Mendocino Coast, plus a FloBed, and get ultimate relaxation! Below is a list of Inns and Bed and Breakfasts that have FloBeds.So buy a plane ticket or jump in your car, because you are not going to want to miss out.

~Alegria Inn Mendocino, Ca

~Andiron Inn Little River, Ca

~Harbor Lite Lodge Fort Bragg, CA

 

How a FloBed Will Improve the Quality of Your Vacation

By choosing to stay on a FloBed at one of these locations you will get to experience our luxurious mattress made out of high quality and non-toxic materials. Our all natural or original talalay latex mattresses are wrapped in organic cotton. You spend all day in a harsh world. Retreat to a natural bed covered with organic cotton for a true safe haven.

Goldilocks Was Right

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Newsweek Magazine

Needless to say, we are very proud of the June 17th edition!

June 17, 2002 Newsweek    TipSheet

GOLDILOCKS WAS RIGHT

Sooner or later, we all have to buy a new mattress. The choices are confusing: pillow top or cushion firm, springs or foam? Being a discriminating shopper means climbing into the sack in the middle of a crowded store while pushy salespeople hover. You make a choice after that brief encounter, and you have to sleep with it for years. At least there’s been one comfortingly simple rule: the firmer the mattress, the better for your back.

OR MAYBE NOT. While this axiom is widely held, it turns out there isn’t scientific evidence to back it up. The conventional wisdom on firmness derives from the days when a good bed was a luxury. “Physicians used to advise people to put a board under the mattress to keep it from sagging,” says Dr. Richard Deyo, a back-pain expert at the University of Washington. In fact, experts say the ideal bunk is not a hard one or a soft one—but a comfy one. It turns out Goldilocks was correct not to sleep in either the Papa Bear’s or Mama Bear’s bed.
So how can you improve your chances of finding that bliss? Americans typically buy a new bed every 10 years. But don’t go by the numbers—listen to your body. Do you wake up stiff, sore or unrested? If you ache in the morning—not just after holding yourself upright all day—your bed may be at fault. An uncomfortable mattress can also keep you active during the night, leaving you weary during the day.

Goldlocks wanted it just right How can you ensure that your new mattress is better than your old one? Begin by abandoning the firmness doctrine. The ideal mattress yields to your contours. But not too much. Side and stomach sleepers tend to need more give than back sleepers. And a woman’s hips will need to sink deeper than a man’s.
When you shop, try lying on your back without a pillow for at least five minutes. The mattress should stay in contact with your body, so that your hand fits snugly into the small of your back. Switch to your side and make sure you don’t notice pressure on your hips or shoulders. None of this is a
guarantee. That’s why you should buy with the option to return or exchange—sleep shops like 1-800-MATTRESS and Mattress Discounters (1-800-BUY-A-BED) allow exchanges within 30 or 60 days.

Better yet, find a mattress you can adjust to the point of perfection. Flobeds (flobeds.com or 1-800-FLOBEDS) sells stackable latex panels that range from soft to superfirm. Stack two panels of different firmness for a truly customized sleep. And because each side of the mattress has separate panels, your partner can sleep on marble while you float on marshmallows.

Sweet dreams.
-T.E.

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