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.

 

Customer Review Episode 3

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In the final episode of our mini-series, Lea Laase describes her experience working with the FloBeds staff. Lea found that her husband’s side of the mattress was perfect but her side needed some adjustments. So she called the FloBeds team and was told over the phone what changes she could make to start sleeping comfortably. The great thing about purchasing a FloBed is we are only one call away. Our team is here to support you in your quest for a better night’s sleep.

https://youtu.be/hDmbt5jxYEk

 

The Big and Tall

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Big & Tall Performance Organic Mattresses
Our Organic Big & Tall Performance Latex Mattresses feature premium 100% Natural Talalay latex inside a luxurious organic euro knit cotton quilted to organic wool. Our multi-layer latex cores accommodate the firmness needs of each individual sleeper by allowing each of you to choose your own firmness combinations. The Big & Tall Performance Latex Mattress adds an organic sateen encased wool over horsehair layer on top for the ultimate in sleeping cool.big and tall

Choose from three different options:

  1. Organic Natural Big & Tall Mattress– 13 inches of adjustable firmness to provide durable support while guaranteeing the comfort your body needs. The Big & Tall Mattress adds the sleep cool features of horsehair.
  2. Organic Natural Big & Tall Performance– this 16-inch zComfort features an extra 3 inches of latex the added sleep cool features of horsehair and coconut fiber.
  3. Organic Natural Big & Tall vZone– 16 inches of Top-to-Bottom, Side-to-Side and Head-to-Toe adjustable zoning for relief at hips and shoulders plus lumbar support.

Another 5 Star Review: Creating Balance

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Dear Dave,

I have been waiting to write to you about the bed I bought back in October 2015. I wanted to make sure it wasn’t a fluke. First, Dewey was great walking me through and helping me pick the layers to best suit my sleeping needs. Second, being a single woman I was amazed at the ease of getting the bed delivered to my front door, me getting the sections upstairs, and assembling it in the bedroom. Third, and most incredible–I am so comfortable! I sleep soundly all night! I am in love with my FloBed! It has exceeded my expectations, my back no longer hurts or aches. I am so happy and grateful.

Thank you,

Margy

What is Your Child Sleeping On?

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Do you know what your child is sleeping on? Well if your child is sleeping on a FloBeds Kids Beds: Crib Mattress – Student Mattress here is what you can expect:

Your child is sleeping on

  1. 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. Cotton, the original sustainable fabric, grown and processed without chemicals.
  2. You can be confident that the wool in our luxurious mattress cover is chemical free. NO chemicals or acids are used in the production or processing of organic wool. The sheep are not dipped or treated with any pesticides or herbicides.
  3. Natural Latex is naturally hypo-allergenic, anti-microbial (Bacteria, mold and mildew cannot live in latex) and dust mite resistant (tests prove latex is 3 times more resistant to dust mites than a traditional mattress) making it the perfect mattress material for allergy sufferers or anyone interested in breathing fresh, clean air while they sleep.

When you want to make sure your baby is sleeping on pure nature: Organic Cotton quilted to Organic Wool surrounding 100% Natural Latex.  Our Student Mattress is the ultimate in good stewardship. Good for your student…good for our environment!

Here’s when Mackenzie grew out of her custom Moses basket FloBed, and had to move into her FloBed Crib mattress!

Thank You Travel Pillow

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We have had many customers reaching out to us to share their FloBeds stories. To thank our customers for sharing their experiences with FloBeds we are sending them travel pillows!

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These mini pillows roll up to become compact and the perfect travel partner. We have been getting tons of reviews so our sewer Rosa has been working hard!

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We would like to thank all of our customers who have shared their FloBeds stories. We truly appreciate hearing your feedback. For anyone interested in writing a Google + review please follow the steps below:

  1. On a desktop computer go to FloBeds Latex Mattresses
  2. Click write a review
  3. Leave us your feedback
  4. Keep an eye out for your Travel Pillow in the mail!

16 Years Later and Still a 5 Star Review

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We tell our customers that latex lasts much longer than the other foams out there. That is why we have such a great 20-year guarantee, the Goldilocks Guarantee. FloBeds want to make sure your bed is always “Just Right”, whether it is 18 months after your purchase or 16 years! We make mattresses that are made to last. Nancy Barry-Jansson has had her mattress for 16 years and here is what she has to say:

Nancy Barry-Jansson
5 Star Review

“Read the 2nd of my 2 reviews on the FloBed site, under “Customer Service Reviews” that I wrote after we’d had the bed 18 months. It’s now been 16 YEARS and the bed is seriously *still* as comfortable as when we got it! This is a great investment in your sleep and physical well-being!

The only downside, as I said before, “It’s such a wonderful bed that when we go on vacation we can’t wait to get back home to our wonderful comfy bed!! We wish all the hotels and B&Bs knew about your fabulous mattresses.” <—Hasn’t changed in 16yrs! Thank you, FloBeds. I look forward to buying more for the guest rooms and referring people your way. ;-)”

Customer Review

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Dave,

I remember when the bed arrived. Those boxes are really sturdy and the bed so easily fits inside due to its modular design. I have to tell you, I hung on to those boxes for a while just in case I was going to move but after 10 years I had to let them go to recycling.

My wife Virginia and I love our bed.

We have had it for over ten years and it continues to give us a great night?s sleep, the construction is solid, the support is great and we just enjoy staying in bed.

The only maintenance activity we perform is taking the mattress apart each year and putting it back together. I?m not really sure its recommended but it just seems right!

Thanks for constructing such a great bed.

Best, John W., Carpinteria, CA – 3/16/2016

The Select Mattress

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The Select Latex Mattress is a great optionOrganicNaturalTalalaySelect if you are in the market for a new mattress. The Select Mattress is made up of two 3 inch core layers on each side that can be customized to create the perfect sleeping environment for a sleeper’s specific needs.

 

The very top layer is called a comfort layer. SelectZipped
That is two inches of convoluted latex, which provides pressure point relief.

All of these layers of latex are wrapped in a luxurious cover. We use wool quilted to organic cotton to create a chemical free yet fire retardant mattress. Euro Slats

Our European Slats compliment the Select Mattress very well. European Slats have more give than the Pine Slats we offer.

The Select Mattress is a great option for customer’s looking to save a little but still desire a luxurious mattress. Test it out with the 100-night test rest we offer.

How to Adjust Your FloBeds Latex Pillow

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There are some things to keep in mind when you are adjusting your free FloBeds Twice Fluffed Shredded Latex Pillow, including the depth of the curve in your neck, your sleeping position, and your mattress firmness. For back sleepers make sure the pillow fills in the gap between your neck and pillow. You do not want to be propped up so high that you can see your feet. Side sleepers should have a pillow that fills in the void between your ear and the bed. Your pillow should be thicker than a back sleeper’s pillow. Stomach sleepers need a thinner pillow to try to keep your body aligned. You do not want your pillow so full that your head is higher than the rest of your body. Luckily the FloBeds Latex Pillow can adjust to meet anyone’s needs!