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Are Mattress Protectors Necessary?


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Mattress protectors may seem like an extra expense when shopping for a mattress. You might even wonder if a mattress protector is necessary. In this article, we’ll dive into what a mattress protector is, what it does, and why you’ll probably want one.

What’s the Difference Between a Mattress Protector and a Mattress Pad?

In the simplest terms, a mattress protector is a fitted cover that creates a protective barrier between the mattress and everything else. Meanwhile, a mattress pad is a fitted cover with a top designed to enhance your comfort. Some mattress pads double as protectors and vice versa, but the rule of thumb is that a mattress protector is there for the mattress while a mattress pad is there for you.

Why Do You Need a Mattress Protector?

Most mattresses lose their warranty as soon as there’s a liquid stain. This is because liquids can do real damage to mattresses, especially those made of foams. For this reason, a mattress protector is the first step in protecting your investment!

A mattress protector does a lot more than simply keep your mattress dry. There are many, tiny, unpleasant things that work their way into your mattress, such as dirt, dust mites, oils, and dead skin. A mattress protector keeps these contaminants out of your mattress, where they’re often difficult to remove.

One tiny, unpleasant thing worthy of its own mention is the bed bug. The last thing anyone wants is an infestation of bed bugs in their mattress. A mattress protector serves as a strong barrier against these pests. Since infestations begin with only a couple of bed bugs that find a place to live and breed (your mattress!), your mattress protector makes your home a lot less hospitable for them.

Mattress Protectors Make for Easier Cleaning

Getting your mattress clean is an arduous task to say the least. A mattress protector simplifies this process, because all the things that would dirty your mattress are caught by the protector. Wash your mattress protector at least every couple of months and you can breathe easier in a cleaner environment.

Mattress Protector Choices

Mattress protectors come in a variety of materials and styles, so finding the right one for you is important. The first thing to consider is how much coverage you want. The most basic mattress protector stretches over the mattress like a fitted sheet and has a waterproof barrier only on the top. Though the sides cover the mattress, they aren’t waterproof. A five-sided mattress protector fits the same way, but the waterproof protection extends to the sides as well. Lastly, a full encasement mattress protector envelopes the entire mattress by sliding over it and zipping closed. This grants waterproof protection to every surface of the mattress.

Basic Mattress Protector Choices

For basic, budget-friendly protection, the Malouf Weekender Jersey Waterproof Mattress Protector or the Soft-Tex Essentials Waterproof Mattress Protector are good options. They’ll protect the top of your mattress from spills and contaminants. Because the waterproof protection is only on the top, these mattress protectors are lower in cost than their five-sided and full encasement counterparts.

Five-Sided Mattress Protector Choices

When it comes to five-sided mattress protectors, the Soft-Tex Gripwise 5-Sided Waterproof Mattress Protector is a good example of a basic five-sided option. It offers waterproof protection to the top and sides. Meanwhile, the Malouf Weekender Cooling Mattress Protector provides the same protection but includes a cool-to-the-touch top to keep you sleeping comfortably. Lastly, the PureCare Aromatherapy 5-Sided Mattress Protector adds fragrance sachet inserts that provide up to 3 months of scent from its velcro sachet pockets.

Total Encasement Mattress Protector Choices

For complete protection, the Malouf Encase Hd Waterproof Mattress Protector covers all sides and features a full zipper so the top half can be removed for easy laundering. Another excellent encasement option is the PureCare Omniguard Total Encasement Mattress Protector, which is specially designed to be washed and dried on hot settings for maximum sanitation. For cooling, our Malouf Encase Omniphase Mattress Protector absorbs and releases heat while wicking moisture away.

Protect Your Investment with a Mattress Protector from City Mattress

A mattress protector may seem like just another expense, but it’s a vital component for a long-lasting mattress. Perhaps more importantly, it keeps your new mattress’s warranty from being voided by a nasty spill. For this reason, as insurance policies go, a mattress protector is a worthwhile investment. Let City Mattress help you find the right mattress protector for your needs today!