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The Importance of Mattress Protectors

DreamFit DreamClean Terry Cloth Mattress ProtectorOut of sight, out of mind — right?

That’s how you could describe all the dust and skin particles and sweat that get into your mattress. You may not know it, but your mattress — like any mattress — naturally collects these at night while you sleep. If you do any research at all on the state of your mattress, you’re guaranteed to find something describing the exorbitant amount of dust, mites, and other minute fragments and flecks that get into your sleeping environment.

Not only does this result in a dirtier bed, but it also affects your allergies and overall health. Even though we can’t see the veritable jungle of mites and particles in our mattresses, we breathe them in as we sleep. They can get into our respiratory system and cause problems that range from coughing to inflammation.

While there is no guaranteed way to completely prevent all of these skin and dust particles from getting into your bed, you can certainly take preventative measures to keep your mattress as clean as possible. One of the easiest ways to do this is to invest in a good mattress protector.

Since your mattress’s warranty generally lasts for eight to ten years, you’ll want a protector that will hold up as long as possible. It needs to wash well and hold its size over time. Additionally, it should have a good warranty — something around ten years. If a company is willing to back their product with a good warranty, it often means that they trust that their product to perform well.

LinensforLiving carries a number of well-made mattress protectors that would be a good investment. Malouf is always a quality brand, and they have several excellent options. The Healthy Sleep mattress protector is one of our best-selling choices, and it has a very competitive warranty. And if you’re looking for something for the little one, we even have a good crib mattress protector for you.

With the proper bedding and maintenance, keeping your sleep environment clean is entirely possible.

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What Is CertiPUR-US®?

There is a prominent shift in the bedding, mattress, and furniture industry toward all-natural and eco-friendly products. More and more people are calling for it, and more and more manufacturers are responding by making things that they claim are “green.” One of the best ways to know if you are buying a product that truly is eco-friendly is to see if it is certified by CertiPUR-US®.

CertiPUR-US® is a voluntary program that allows companies to apply to have the CertiPUR-US® seal and reputation applied to their foam products, which lets customers know that the foam meets very specific manufacture and content standards. Many consumers are still wary of the effects that polyurethane foam can have on their health and the environment, so knowing that your new piece of bedding or furniture is certified by CertiPUR-US® can help you make a smart decision when purchasing.

Any company that wants certification must follow three important steps and meet several strict foam construction standards. CertiPUR-US® only approves foams that fulfill these criteria:

  • Must be made without substances that weaken the ozone
  • Must be made without PBDE flame retardants, which reduce human fertility
  • Must be made without mercury, lead, and similar metals
  • Must be made without formaldehyde
  • Must be made without phthalates
  • Must have a low Volatile Organic Compound emission rate of under 0.5 parts per million

These standards have been developed by leading chemists, environmentalists, and industry leaders, so they’re not arbitrary. Their purpose is to protect both you and the environment from potentially harmful ingredients and manufacturing processes.

CertiPUR-US® provides an entire list of brands who have applied for and received certification, which allows you to shop for and purchase bedding and furniture that is safer for your family and the earth. Linensforliving carries a number of these brands, including products from Malouf, Ashley Sleep, and even big mattress companies such as Simmons, Serta, and Sealy. Check us out today for all your eco-friendly bedding needs.