Mattress Shopping Guide

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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!  https://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.

Firmness 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: https://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: https://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.

FloBeds Organic Latex Mattress Care Tips

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Below are some basic tips for FloBeds’ customers. Our natural and blended latex mattresses have easy but specific care instructions.

Natural and Blended Latex Mattress Care Instructions

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 and visco-elastic are both dust mite resistant. If you suffer from severe allergies, with the top off, you can vacuum the inside top of your mattress components to remove allergens. That, combined with your sunned mattress top will provide you with cleanest and most comfortable mattress possible. Your mattress cover may be spot washed with cold water and mild soap. It should be line dried. DO NOT MACHINE WASH AND DO NOT PUT IN DRYER.

 

Fine Wood Working

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On the Mendocino coast in California lies a world renowned wood working program. The College of the Redwoods in the city of Fort Bragg offers the Fine Wood Working Program for cabinetry and furniture making. The FloBeds Sleep Shop partnered with two of the program instructors, Todd Sorensen and Greg Smith, to build a frame that is featured in our showroom.

This beautiful handcrafted frame is made of African Afzelia hardwood paired with French Ash Panels and finished in catalyzed lacquer. This frame is only on display in our showroom until you are ready to purchase it and bring it home to your FloBed. A queen size frame is priced at $3989 and a king size is $4289. Please call us at 800-356-2337 if you have questions or are interested in purchasing this frame.

Delivering the Perfect Natural Mattress

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Derived from the rubber tree, natural latex has qualities that simply make it the PERFECT NATURAL 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.

Getting it Just Right

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Our Natural Latex Twice Fluffed Pillows are put through the shredder twice to give them optimum loft. Shape them for your sleeping position: higher for your side, neck support when on your back. With two zippered covers (an inner organic sateen cotton and an outer organic Euro-stretch-knit). And, most important of all… our Twice Fluffed Pillows are adjustable: simply open the cover and remove until your pillow is Just Right.

You don’t have to just take our word for it. Below is a review from our customer Sylvia:

“The shredded latex pillow by FloBeds, was a shot in the dark, and I found light! I now have no neck pains. Being able to adjust the pillow for my needs, makes so much since, I took out about 5 handfuls, while my husband left his full, to each his own with the FloBed Dream pillow.”

The Today Show And Matt Lauer On The Eco Mattress

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Look who found our Natural Mattress…

Today Show and Matt Lauer on the Eco Mattress

Several years ago The Today Show had an interview about healthy mattresses. We were pleasantly surprised to see Matt talking about a chemical free mattress made with a cotton and wool naturally fire-resistant cover surrounding natural latex.

we've been making beds for yearsBack then we were the first… but today we continue to strive to make the healthiest and most comfortable mattress in the world. Our cotton and wool are organic. We use only natural Talalay latex cores. We still offer each of you your personalized firmness: Soft, Medium, Firm, Extra Firm or SuperFirm. We have added the vZone: zones (head, shoulder, lumbar, hip, knees and feet) that can be changed to fit your body. This ability to adjust the layers of firmness deep in the FloBed along with our unique vZone results in the most popular latex mattress in America. All Natural. Good for you… Good for the whole world.

Organic Cotton, EcoWool, 100% Natural Latex
Click here to find out more about FloBeds Green EcoMattress

Pressure Points: Latex Mattress and Innerspring

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Mattress – ErgoCheck

Sleep is actually a science,
its quality can be measured…

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Innerspring Mattress – side lying

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Latex Foam Mattress – side lying

ergocheckinnerspring pressure points sleeping on back
Innerspring Mattress – back lying

innersrping pressure pointslatex mattress conforms to body giving propper support and pressure relief
Latex Foam Mattress – back lying

THE ERGOCHECK SYSTEM is made up of 684 pressure monitors distributed across the sleeping surface. Studies indicate that pressure above 32mm of mercury (indicated in blue) restrict capillary blood flow and can cause tissue damage. Latex Foam and Innerspring mattresses are contrasted here.

By analyzing the physical pressure between the body and mattress, you can determine inconsistent pressure points that inhibit blood circulation. The ErgoCheck system is a specially designed measuring pad with 648 individual pressure sensors distributed across the testing surface. As you can see in these ErgoCheck test results, the Latex mattress distributes pressure more evenly than even the most expensive innerspring mattress without latex.

Hospital tests have shown that pressure areas registering above 32 millimeters of mercury (shown in dark blue) shut off capillary blood flow, causing muscle ache, tossing and turning, and other sleep-related discomforts. By alleviating these high pressure areas you can enjoy a deeper, more restful sleep.

Latex Provides Superior Pressure Relief Over Conventional Mattresses.

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XSENSOR® Full Body Pressure Mapping

XSENSOR features 10,000 sensors that measure pressure between a body and a sleep surface. It is an indispensable tool for designing, testing and optimizing sleep surfaces for exceptional comfort and support.

XSENSOR is a registered trademark of XSENSOR Technology Corporation.

In addition, Latex dynamically adjusts to the contours of your body providing gentle orthopedic support. Note the areas of light green indicating insufficient back support on the innerspring mattress without latex. The ErgoCheck results indicate that latex provides more consistent and uniform support of the spine.

Longest Day… Shortest Night

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I guess my FloBed mattress is going to miss me… I know I will be looking forward to hitting the sack tonight.

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.

Cradle to Cradle: Remaking the Way We Make Things

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Cradle to Cradle

Years ago we read “Cradle to Cradle: Remaking the Way We Make Things”. It made so much sense. We began applying the cradle-to-cradle philosophy to FloBeds and we never looked back. The concept is simple yet powerful. We are pleased to report that our Talalay Latex Mattress uses 100% Natural Talalay.

When you design products Cradle to Cradle, you develop them for eternity. That is why the patent pending Vita Talalay Natural latex is so special. It is made so pure that it did not contain any harmful materials during the making, nor does it contain anything bad that can offgas in your bedroom. And another nice thing: when it served its life as a mattress it can easily and harmlessly be recycled or even reused into a new product like a underfloor or a car tire.

The Cradle to Cradle standard is a multi-attribute, continuous improvement methodology that provides a path to manufacturing healthy and sustainable products for our world. We source every component that goes into our Natural FloBed line to be sure they are:
1) serviceable, adjustable and reusable
2) all natural and as chemical free as possible
3) biodegradable (note: the rubber sap is biodegradable, all foams are not!)
4) sustainably produced

cradle to cradle

vita talalay - cradle to cradle gold pure

Link to: Vita Talalay
Cradle to Cradle – What is it
and why is it so important?

Cradle to Cradle Gold for Vita Talalay

Dunlop vs Talalay Latex and…

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On Mar 29, 2014,  Y. Z. wrote:

Interested in latex mattress.

 

1. I believe firm Dunlop latex is better for the support. Do you have such an option?

*We only offer Talalay.  We feel it is superior in consistency and longevity.  Latex firmness is measured in ILD, which is how many pounds it takes to compress a 4” piece of latex to 3”.  A 36 ILD  Talalay piece of latex takes the same 36 pounds to compress as a Dunlop piece.  Dunlop is stiffer, and can be used as a bottom layer without compromising the mattress.  This will allow for a lower cost mattress.  However, we feel that it is important to be able to move layers up and down in your mattress to achieve the best support for your body.  If you have a Dunlop layer on the bottom and want to firm up your mattress, moving the Dunlop to the top will bring a stiffer, less conforming layer closer to your body and compromise the comfort.

ILD and Firmness https://www.flobeds.com/information/latex/firmness-spectrum.htm
Talalay vs Dunop https://www.flobeds.com/information/latex/talalay-vs-dunlop.htm
2. Convoluted latex is soft. I prefer a bit firm as a top. Does convoluted latex also has firm, medium and soft type?

*We offer our 2” layer of convolute on all our mattresses.  It is for pressure relief and blood circulation.  If, after trying our mattress with convolute, a FloBeds customer wants a solid 2” layer instead, we will exchange (no charge) the convolute for any firmness desired from 22 ILD to 36 ILD.

3. After purchasing, can I change one of the layers, e.g. Change the firm for medium… What is the cost?

*We offer our Goldilocks Guarantee which allows you to purchase new cores (half width in King, Queen or Full) at a deep discounted price of $75 for the first 5 years.  Here is a link to the complete details of the Goldilocks Guarantee:  https://www.flobeds.com/guarantee/goldilocks-guarantee.htm

4. Returning cost

*Our 100 day test rest allows you to return your FloBed for a full refund of the purchase price.  You only pay the shipping.  For example:  A queen mattress and foundation would cost  $199 to ship to the Continental US.  We offer our UPS account to return at the same price, so your risk would be $199.  A mattress only is $99.

Thank you for considering FloBeds,

Dave