Mattress protectors are entering the mainstream, with newly protected beds cropping up all over the world every day. You’ve heard the news, read the advice, and you’re interested in what a mattress protector can do for you. Before you make your purchase, here are a few common questions (and misconceptions) about what to expect from your new mattress protector:
How is a Mattress Protector Made?
It wasn’t that long ago that most protectors were simply vinyl bags that wrapped around your mattress. While these may have done a pretty good job at blocking fluids and bacteria from damaging the mattress, they did nothing for the comfort of the sleeper. Vinyl protectors do not allow air to flow through the bed, causing the sleep surface to be very warm. It also tends to be fairly noisy, and can keep up sleepers that like to toss and turn.
SafeRest’s protectors are nothing like the vinyl protectors of yore. SafeRest’s Premium line of protectors features a soft and smooth cotton terry surface. Cotton terry is often used on premium clothing and reusable baby diapers, due to its comfort and durability. Cotton terry is noiseless, wrinkle-resistant, and machine-washable making it the most popular surface material choice for most premium protectors.
As a value option, SafeRest’s Classic Plus protectors are available with ultra-smooth polyester. These protectors offer similar characteristics when compared to the Premium line at a lower price.
One of the most important innovations built in to every SafeRest protector is the hypoallergenic waterproof membrane layer. This unique layer is free of any vinyl or PVC, and blocks fluid transfer while allowing airflow, keeping the sleeper cool and dry.
How do I Use a Mattress Protector?
The beauty in a modern protector design is in its ease of use. SafeRest protectors are a fitted-sheet style design, with a elastic fitting band that collects excess sideskirt material underneath the mattress. To install a SafeRest protector, simply unfold it on top of your mattress and pull the fitting band over the corners to the mattress underside. To remove the protector for laundering, simply pull the fitting band out from the corners.
Keeping your protector clean is easy. We recommend machine washing the protector with the rest of your bedding, at least once every three months or so to remove allergens resting on the surface of the protector. Make sure to use a non-bleach detergent, as this could damage the waterproof membrane layer. For the same reason, avoid drying on medium or high heat settings. Tumble-drying on low heat is the best option.
Common Questions About Mattress Protectors:
Will a mattress protector keep bed bugs out?
Mattress protectors are not bed bug proof, as they have an open-bottom design that bed bugs can squeeze past. For protection against bed bugs, in addition to fluids, bacteria, and allergens, you’ll need a sealed bed bug proof encasement.
Are there any phthalates or fire retardant chemicals?
None of our products contain phthalates or any fire retardant chemicals, nor were they put through any fireproofing processes of any kind. Most of our customers prefer not to have these added chemicals in their protector.
I spilled fluid on a mattress protector, and I can smell the odor on the mattress! Did the protector fail?
Because of the protector is breathable, you may temporarily smell a foul odor on the mattress as air passes through (both good and bad). This smell will go away on it’s own, as it’s just the smell of the spilled liquid, and not the actual liquid.