An old customer of ours used to say, “You don’t know what you don’t know, until you have a problem and then you need to know it!” He also believed that people should be left alone to make their own mistakes and to learn from them. I guess that is the way it was, but maybe it’s not so much like that anymore. In today’s world with social media you can find out all kinds of things very easily and quickly.
How does this relate to Latex Mattresses? Well, it’s like this. You can ask a lot of questions up front to make sure that you are getting the best value for your money or you can lay awake at night and eventually pay for another mattress sooner than you thought you would.
Once you make a decision it would also be great if you could look inside your mattress to make sure that you received exactly what you thought you were getting. I trust people, but since it’s not a perfect world, my motto is and always will be, “…trust but verify!”
Here Are Some Things That You Also May Not Know
In a recent incident a consumer discovered, the hard way, that a major New York mattress retailer misrepresented what was in his Latex Mattress. When the Q&A started, well after the purchase, and emails were fired back and forth the customer found out that the Latex that he got in his Latex Mattress was only 21% Latex and 77% Polyurethane foam. However, in their store the sales staff routinely described this mattress as 100% Natural Latex. Six months later the bed became very uncomfortable. It became lumpy and the “pillow top” seems to have become distorted.
Neither he nor his wife was particularly heavy and they were dumbfounded that the mattress had deformed as quickly as it did.
I could start this line by saying “I don’t know” but – I do know. I know that people that make spring mattress don’t really know how to make a good latex rubber mattress. If they did they would not put a fluffy “pillow top” on top of a good piece of foam that is in the core of the mattress. You would not do this, unless the piece in the middle was not that good to begin with or if you were trying to hide something and prolong the inevitable – premature sagging. So now you know what you didn’t know…
What’s Inside A Spring Mattresses, Does Anybody Know?
Innerspring mattresses are still the most common mattresses sold in North America because they are cheaper to produce and mattress retailers can make more money selling them. The spring core unit provides a lot of support but the quality of comfort materials are often lacking. The most common complaint that we hear in our showroom is that my 20-year spring mattress is no longer comfortable after 3 or 4 years.
It’s the padding on top of the springs that is supposed to provide the comfort. Many manufacturers will use the same spring core and then vary the padding and the covering material to provide a range of different mattresses. They have to do this in order to supply the number of mattress stores, in the same neighbourhood, that carry their mattresses. However, this tends to confuse consumers and the only way that they can really compare the different models is by tearing the cover off and looking inside.
What Previous Latex Mattress Customers Know
The Original All Natural Latex Rubber Mattress was and still is 100% natural. All natural latex mattresses are highly recommended by previous owners who are familiar with their luxurious feel, unbeatable comfort and long lasting durability. Latex is a naturally created biodegradable product. It can last up to 25 years, as a sleep surface, before it begins to break down.
Only Latex is made with real all natural foam rubber that is derived from the sap of a rubber tree. It is five times heavier than 1.0 lb. per cubic foot plastic-based polyurethane foam, which is commonly used as a comfort layer on conventional spring mattresses.
Five times more material, equates to less air and thus a much longer useful life as the top comfort layer of your mattress. No conventional spring mattress can duplicate the feel of Latex Rubber. It conforms dynamically to the natural contour of the human body, cradling it in plush comfort.
Latex is a natural hypo-allergenic material that has pin-core holes in it to allow the mattress to breathe. For people that like an even cooler mattress you can add a layer of iFoam under the Latex. The micro-capsules in the iFoam maintain a constant temperature in your sleep surface. Natural Latex is also good for allergy sufferers as it does not attract dust-mites like conventional spring mattresses that are made with cotton felt inside.
I would love to hear your thoughts about what your experiences have been like with Latex Mattresses. Did you know what you were getting into? What have you heard from others about what sleep surface has worked best for them? Thank you for reading and for sharing.
Sleep Better to Live Better…
R.C. (Bob) Dimas
Be the best that you can be by doing whatever is necessary to improve the quality of your sleep!