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.

 

Englander Mattress compared with FloBeds Latex Mattress

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Englander Mattress compared with
FloBeds Latex Mattress

(note: every FloBed is a Talalay Latex Mattress:)Quoted from a site with Englander Latex Mattresses:
(our comments in Blue-Green)

Latex Mattress

Our latex inner unit is the same one that is used in all of Englander’s latex mattresses sold in the Pacific Northwest. It is 100% pure latex. The ticking is a 60% cotton blend to allow for breathability. The ticking is quilted to polyester fiber and a thin layer of polyurethane foam to provide a deep pattern.

This polyurethane foam acts to stop air flow and maintain heat.  Poly-foam looks
like a million bucks when quilted, but doesn’t last or breath….and harbors dust mites.

We also put a layer of fiber pad over the latex unit so that the mattress retains a nice “crowned” look. This prevents the bed from looking blocky when made up with sheets, blankets and comforter. However;some other makers use a latex / synthetic blend. We feel that 100% pure natural latex is superior to blends of synthetic latex. Natural latex is more resilient than blends, thus, it will bounce back to its original shape for many years of sleeping comfort.

All FloBeds FloCare latex mattresses are made made with Talalay Latex.
Latex International’s flagship product, Talatech Latex, is a blend of 30% natural rubber and 70% synthetic rubber. Our 100% Natual Latex System is now also made by Latex International with the Talalay process. FloBeds Natural Latex is produced using no fillers or shortcuts. It is made from 100% Latex Rubber from the Rubber Tree.Then it is poured into the latex mold..  A vacuum is applied to the mold to remove air pockets.Flash freezing insures consistency and will allow the Talatech Latexto be made in variations of softness and  firmness unequaled by any other latex manufacturer in the world.(From 4ild to 70 ild…our beds range from 20ild to 40ild)Then it’s heated and cured which gives the latex a lifetime of support and durability.A five stage washer removes any residue.  It takes 3 to 4 hours to make a latex mattress core.

The Latex core is made with pincore construction which helps keeps the mattress cool in the summer and warm in the winter.

The density of our latex foam is an impressive 3.4 lbs./cu.ft. There are 3 important reasons for this heavy density. They are:

1. Long life. We expect this bed to have a 15-20 year service life. The more material, the greater the life.

2. Exceptional comfort and support. Foam that is less dense must be made stiffer to prevent full compression, or a feeling of sinking deeply into the surface. Stiffer, low density foam is less comfortable and breaks down quickly.

3. Our Englander Latex Mattress is designed to be a premium, t-op of the line
mattress. When we designed this bed, the goal was to make the best, not achieve a certain price. We have achieved our goal.  Latex foam unlike polyurethane foam, is poured into a mold that is the product endshape and simply dries. Polyurethane foam is poured onto a large -table and then rises to form a “bun” that is then cut into several finished foam products.

Natural latex foam compresses differently than poly foam. Latex compresses
throughout its entire structure as weight is applied. This equally distributes the
mechanical burden of compression and creates a soft surface with underlying
support. Most poly foam compresses from the surface, with interior compression
occurring only under extreme load. This means that the surface foam does most of
the work and is subject to wear. The bottom line in foam is that the greater the
density, the longer the foam will last. Natural latex can be made very dense and, sinceit compresses through its full length, is still very comfortable.

I mentioned that our latex mattress has a density of 3.4 lbs./cu.ft. To determine this
we actually measured and weighed a foam piece to calculate density. Since our
Englander Latex Mattress features pincore construction (the latex unit is pierced with a series of pencil diameter holes to enhance breathability), the actual material density is somewhat greater.

Flobeds Organic Latex Mattresses

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.

harbor lite in

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.