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?
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, 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.
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 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.