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 an 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. If you are 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! Get firmness advice
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 determine 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.
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 their 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. We think it is a good sign when the company has been in business longer than its warranty.