Battle Of the Bulge. . . Pillowtops

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Pillowtop Mattresses

Today you can’t go into a bedding department without seeing the new extra thickmattresses.  Just like french fries, beds are being “super sized”.   But what does this mean?

Battle of the Bulge - Pillowtops

Are Thicker Beds Better?

Have the leading brand name mattresses companies invented a new way to build a bed?  In a word, no. They are working hard to provide more of the same:  bigger beds that require different sheets, sometimes even different headboards.  Yet still they are using the same spring construction, with more layers polyurethane foam.  Sometimes they add a layer of latex.  But in order to keep profits up, you will usually find lots of poly-foam going by the name super-soft foam, upholstery layer, extra plush pillowtop or ….. And at first blush, it looks like a million bucks.  But it doesn’t last. And the actual sleep and support is pretty much the same as your old innerspring/poly-foam bed before it started packing down and having body-impressions where you lay.Our beds don’t have pillowtops.  Just 100% organic cotton euro stretch-knit quilted to 1″ wool. Our mattress cover has a 360 degree zipper, allowing you to unzip the top and see the actual components of your mattress.  Nothing hidden.  All quality goods.  And we recommend hanging your cover-top in the sun a couple of times a year.  Sunning will freshen and sanitize your mattress cover, as well as helping to eliminate dust mites.

Polyurethane Foam

Polyurethane foam, or poly-foam, is a petroleum product designed to imitate latex derived from the rubber tree (foam rubber).  It weighs about one fourth the weight of latex, and lasts about one fourth as long (3-5 years instead of 20 years for Talatech Latex).  The auto industry loves it.  Cars get more mileage, and they /don’t need it to last more than 5 years without loosing its shape.

Poly-foam is like a sponge.  Because of its open cell structure, every time you move on your bed you are sucking into  the bed  dust, moisture, old skin, pollens and whatever is in the air.  Wool and latex don’t do this.

Dust Mites

There is nothing more frustrating than having a good night’s sleep ruined by the sneezing, coughing, and wheezing caused by bedroom allergies. Chances are you have thought about replacing that expensive down comforter or throwing out those pillows.   According to the latest research, the house dust mite has been found to be one of the most common causes of asthma and allergies in the bedroom.

What are dust mites?dust mite
Dust mites are microscopic creatures that live by the millions in your bed. Normal beds provide them with the warmth, humidity and food they need for ideal growth and reproduction. It is the allergens produced by the mites, in the form of waste particles, to which allergic people react. It is these particles, when inhaled, that have been shown to induce allergic reactions, aggravate asthma and can exacerbate the symptoms of child eczema.

Wool doesn’t provide dust mites a place to live.  Its dry, porous nature prevents dust-mites and other allergens from settling in. Latex is naturally resistant to dust mites. Mites don’t like rubber. In addition, latex does not provide a hospitable home for mites.

On the other hand, dust mites like polyurethane foam.  They like it a lot.  It has an open-cell honeycomb structure that provides a perfect apartment complex for mites to live in.  Every time you move on top of polyurethane foam, you compress this sponge like material, as it expands to its original shape, it sucks in dust, old skin, moisture or whatever.  It’s like a little dust mite city with automatic food delivery.  Most companies use polyurethane foam in their mattresses, especially in pillowtops.

The FloCare Clean Mattress

We don’t use any poly-foam for added plushness in our better beds.   Instead, we use wool.  Naturally better.  Our covers are not as “fluffy” as the “high-profile” mattresses sold in many stores, just better.   Our covers unzip, so you can easily hang your mattress-top in the sun.  We suggest sunning your mattress-top a couple of times a year.  Sunning will kill dust mites. Latex is dust mite resistant.  If you suffer from servere allergies, with the top off, you can vacuum  your mattress components to remove allergens.  That, combined with your sunned mattress top will provide you with the cleanest and most comfortable mattress possible.

Real Components Providing a Real Sleep Environment

A good bed has 3 main parts

1) Top Cover
Cover should be durable, breathable and of quality fibers. Our cover is made of 100% Organic Cotton Euro Knit quilted to 1″ Organic Wool. Wool is a natural bedding wonder. It breathes well. On a hot night it will wick away a third its weight in moisture. Dust mites don’t like it. It springs back to its natural spring shape. The cover should not interfere with the pressure relief and core support of the components beneath.

2) Pressure Relief–
Under the cover comes the 100% Latex FloCare Comfort Pad made up of a 2″ convoluted latex pad.  This spans the whole bed and contours to your body, eliminating pressure points. The one piece topper also makes it so you will not feel the individual cores below.

3) Support Cores
The main part of a bed is the core…the component that actually does all the heavy lifting.

In our Latex mattress we use 100% Latex cores designed to support the person sleeping above. Since most couples have different weights and different spinal support needs, the FloCare Latex Mattress customizes each half of the bed to the proper firmness.   In addition to our 100 Day Money Back Guarantee we offer a Goldilocks Firmness Guarantee.  We will send you a softer or firmer core if you need it.

And that’s it.  You don’t need a pillow-top.  You don’t need another 5″ of mattress.  Its just fluff.

 

FloBeds visits Latex Supplier Talalay Global

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Visit to Talalay Global (formally Latex International) in Connecticut

Dave visits Latex International again in 2009 and checks out the plant!
This company provides FloBeds with the ingedients to make the best talalay latex mattress in the world.

Dave report to work

Reporting to work.

You, Robot... over here!

Hey you, Robot… over here!

Robot, reporting for duty...

Lets make an Extra Firm Core.

Robot goes to work

Nice and smooth… easy now.

Looking Good

Nice work, if I don’t say so myself.

VP Kevin congratulates Dave on making a great mattress

VP Kevin Stein
congratulates me on my great Mattress!

Dave makes a core

Oh! I just love this stuff!

vZone Latex Mattress

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vZone Latex Mattress

In addition to the top to bottom & side to side customization of our Select & Deluxe models, the vZone features head to toe adjustable zoning to provide pressure point relief for hips and shoulders as well as additinoal lumbar support. With the Posture vZone, your Talalay latex mattress is customized and adjustable in every direction! Pain Relief in Bed!

vZone Mattress vZone Medium
vZone Firm
vZone Medium Pain and Relief in Bed

Care of your Organic Cotton & Wool Mattress cover

Organic Wool - Comfort and Fire Resistant, Naturally
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FloBed Covers

You can’t judge a mattress by its cover…
but it’s a good place to start!

FloBeds cares what you surround yourself in. That’s why we use the best materials we can procure in our Latex Mattress Line.

Organic Cotton Euro Knit quilted to one inch Pure Wool

cotton and wool - the best cover we know how to make

Cotton Euro Knit quilted to Wool on all 6 sides… Top, Bottom and 4 sides

Pure Wool is quilted into every FloBeds Latex Mattress.

You can’t see it, but you will appreciate it.

A cover should be durable, breathable and of quality fibers. Our covers are made of Organic Cotton European Stretch Knits quilted to Organic Natural Wool, a bedding wonder. Wool breathes well and on a hot night and will wick away a third its weight in moisture. Dust mites don’t like wool. Wool springs back to its natural shape. We don’t use any poly-foam in our covers because it breaks down in 4 or 5 years, it sucks in dust and moisture, and it doesn’t breath. We don’t use a pillow-top in our beds.  The cover should not interfere with the pressure relief and core support of the components beneath.

What to look for in your mattress cover:

  • Organic Cotton surface.
  • Stretch knit to allow mattress to conform to your body
  • Top of cover should not be pulled tight, creating “hamock effect”
  • Natural Wool to provide air circulation
  • Natural Wool to wick away moisture (we all throw off water water when we sleep)
  • Chemical Free (most companies use chemicals to meet Federal Fire standards… FloBeds was the first to use only wool!)
  • Quality… Your cover should fit snug and be well tailored

cotton is so nice
Patrick and his sheep

Certified Pure, Chemical Free Mattress

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Mattresses so pure, you can rest assured!

You spend a third of your life in bed… consider what you’re sleeping on. FloBeds has. We were the first to use wool to pass the federal fire standards for mattresses. Organic Cotton is obvious… but we even wash it before quilting it to our organic wool. Solid Ponderosa Pine builds up our slat foundations, FCS certified of course. You deserve the best in your latex mattress.

Milk from Rubber Tree for Pure Latex Rubber

Natural Latex

made from the milk of the Rubber Tree… 100% natural.
Certification – Oeko-Tex Natural Talalay
Our Talalay latex mattress is baby-safe, buoyant, and breathable.

Organic Cotton Euro Stretch Knit Cover

Organic Cotton

Luxurious Euro Stretch Knit. And even then, since it is next to your body, we even wash it before quilting it to our organic wool.
GOTS Organic Cotton Certificate

Organic Wool from Healthy Sheep raised outdoors

Organic Wool

healthy sheep Plein-Air raised outdoors… organically. Wool is how we pass the Federal Open Flame Test (most companies use chemicals or artificial components).
GOTS Organic Wool Certificate

Ponderosa Pine FSC supports FloBeds

FSC Pine

We use Forest Stewardship Council (FSC) Certified Ponderosa Pine in our foundations.
FSC Certification

Oeko-Tex Certified

Oeko-Tex Flag Certificates of purity:
See our Oeko-Tex Certificates
. Find out more about Oeko-Tex. The organization is looked to world-wide for assuring the human ecological safety in regards to textile related products.

Find also our Organic Certifications on this page.