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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.

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.

Thread Count: Does It Matter?

Malouf King 600 Thread Count Egyptian Cotton Bed Sheet SetAsk most consumers about thread count, and they’ll tell you the standard logic: the higher the thread count, the better the sheets.

While thread count is a worthy feature to keep in mind, this number alone doesn’t determine the quality of the linens you’re buying. Numerous high-end linens manufacturers, such as SFERRA and Peacock Alley, agree that quality depends on more than just the closeness of the weave. When you shop for sheets, you want to look not only for thread count, but also for the weight, the fiber, the finish, and the feel of the fabric.

The weight of the material is simply how heavy it is. Some fabrics are very light, while others can feel heavier — and this factor partly depends on the fiber used. “The finer the fiber, the finer the sheets,” says SFERRA in their “Lose Count” promotional video. Long-staple Egyptian cotton is a great material, because the length of each fiber allows it to be spun very finely, resulting in higher quality sheets.

The finish of the sheets is essentially how the fabric is treated once it is woven. This process is a large influence on the color, luster, and feel of the material. Many mass-market brands have poor finishes that come off after just one or two washes; but high-quality brands will put on a finish that makes the fabric feel more luxurious the more often you use it. This feel is ultimately the most important factor in choosing your sheets. If you enjoy the touch of the sheets, you’ll like using them.

So next time you’re in the market for new bedding, remember that while thread count still matters, it’s not the be-all and end-all when it comes to quality. Once you’ve also considered the weight, the fiber, the finish, and the feel, you’ll be able to make an educated and knowledgeable decision on the type of sheets that you want.

Introducing Malouf — Artisans of Sleep

Malouf King 400 Thread Count Italian Sheet SetIt is our great pleasure to introduce Malouf, a new brand to our site. Malouf is known for crafting very high-quality, detail-oriented bedding and pillows in order to enhance your overall sleep experience.

The company began as the brainchild of two college students who wanted luxury bedding at an affordable price — and with creativity, meticulousness, and high-quality materials, Malouf was born. Now, with a large variety of products and a richly resourceful team, they’re reinventing the sleep industry to help you create bedroom environment that is both comfortable and healthy.

Malouf Isolus Liquid Gel Memory Foam Mattress TopperWith so many products available, Malouf offers something for everyone. Whether you have an actual condition that can affect your sleep, or you’re merely looking to feel more comfortable, they have a number of different kinds of pillows, sheets, and protectors to ensure that you sleep more soundly.

From their Zoned Pillows to their Isolus Gel Memory Foam Mattress Topper, from their Encase line of protectors to their bestselling Bed in a Bag, Malouf is focused on providing you with the linens, bedding, and pillows that you need to live a healthier life.