Toni Sweet. Mattress. October 03rd , 2017.
He ordered a new latex mattress to replace it, but this time he ordered the firmest one he could. This second latex replacement mattress did well until we’d had it almost one year, and then once again we noticed sagging with slight valleys where we lay. This time I did some investigating and found that the company that made my 35-year old latex mattress was in business again, but the closest retailer that carried their brand was three hours away. We made the trip one weekend only to find that the company had cheapened the way it was building its latex mattresses. We found a large cube of solid latex in a clear zippered plastic case beside a latex mattress, which led us to believe that the mattress was made of this solid latex. But when we lifted the mattress to see if it was ’heavy’ latex like our 35-year old latex mattress, we were very surprised to discover how lightweight this new mattress was! After talking to the store owner, we learned that the old manufacturer had sold its company along with its company name, and the new owners were sandwiching a thin piece of latex in between layers of polyurethane foam, and edging it with polyurethane foam around the outside edges, which he said would extend the life of this so-called ’latex’ mattress. We then discovered that the mattress was finished on ONE-SIDE ONLY. I will never understand how these new features would benefit the consumer, but I can see how the life of this so-called ’latex’ mattress is shortened, which clearly benefits the mattress manufacturers.
After returning home and researching the internet, we now know what the big mattress manufacturers are doing. You will find that the majority of the large mattress manufacturers, who have been in business for generations, have since resold their companies. Many of these new owners and share holders are interested in generating large, immediate returns on their investments. They have redesigned and marketed their mattresses to put big profits in their pockets, but the shortcuts they are making to increase their profits are reducing the useful life of their mattresses. You do the math. If they all get together and decide to cut the life of their products in half, we consumers are forced to buy their products MORE OFTEN and they all profit even more. For example: One of their shortcuts and marketing tactics is designed to sell you on the benefits of purchasing a \"one-sided\" mattress, but in reality, the life of your mattress has been cut in half and you will need to buy at least twice as many mattresses in your lifetime if you want to sleep comfortably. In my search for the perfect latex mattress, I actually spoke to one mattress store owner years ago who admitted she wished they would ’bring back’ the 2-sided latex mattresses.
The inner-spring mattress is usually available in many tiers, from economy to top luxury models. As a general rule of thumb, you need to buy a better grade of mattress if you plan on using the mattress heavily (and that means sleeping on it every night, having more than one person in bed, and how much weight these people will put on the mattress). But once you get to the tippy-top tier, you may find that the mattress is more about luxury frills (pillow-tops, cover material, padding) than durability.
Another consideration when purchasing your new organic latex mattress is the foundation to put the mattress on. A latex mattress needs a sturdy foundation, but also one that will allow the mattress to ’breathe’. If you are purchasing a foundation from the company you are buying your mattress from, be sure that the base has ample slats to support the heavy weight of the mattress. A good base for a latex mattress has slats that are no more than 2 inches apart. Also be sure that the cover on the base is the same organic cotton fabric that your mattress is made of. Be sure that the wood in the base is untreated wood and any glue used in the base is a water-based, non toxic glue. While purchasing a matching base with your mattress makes for an aesthetically pleasing set, it is not necessary. However, the proper support for your new latex mattress is very important and improper support for the mattress will void the warranty. To be sure your mattress performs properly and your warranty is valid, I highly suggest purchasing the matching base at the time you purchase the mattress.
A latex rubber pillow pad is usually manufactured in a virtually identical system to this variety of mattress pad or mattress topper. But this will not at all times be the case, and certain bedding manufacturers produce mixed latex pillow pads that can incorporate synthetic latex rubber. The attraction of having a naturally sourced bed that is more eco supportive brings a lot of shoppers to latex rubber pillow pads, and these people may want to try for the brands that are branded as completely natural latex rubber to avert going for artificially made ones. Although, some other purchasers might sleep on mixed naturally derived and artificial latex foam rubber for the reason that they provide firm and resilient support, and also they are clearly as made to last, although being considerably less highly priced.
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