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Latex Mattresses

Latex Mattresses

For newbies who want to understand latex mattresses and the composition, types, and manufacturing process, the information can be a lot to digest. The process is understandably esoteric, as many veterans in the field often struggle with some concepts. However, this article was written with you in mind and the otherwise recondite terms and explanations have been broken down into simpler forms.

Natural Latex Mattresses: The Essential Guide

Latex mattresses have been rated as the best mattresses on the market in 2017 and we predict it will remain the same in 2018 when it comes to overall satisfaction. Follow closely and you will glean a lot on the definitions, types, production, durability etc. The knowledge you’ll acquire will help you in understanding what latex mattresses are, and if utilized, will inform your decision to purchase a mattress which will best suit your needs.

What is a Latex Mattress?

Latex foam mattress is a mattress with its internals manufactured from processed sap or serum of rubber tree known botanically as Hevea Brasiliensis. This material is very elastic, unlike conventional mattresses which utilize some kind of bedding technology like springs and air in order to make it bouncy.

The elasticity of these latex mattresses helps alleviate back pain as the bed is able to conform to your body shape. The latex mattress is also very soft at first touch, however, it gives a harder feel as your body settles on it.

They are also natural and are touted to be durable and healthy. They contain hypoallergenic organic materials such as GOTS Organic Cotton for the mattress cover, which make them suitable for those with allergies. Since the sap extracted from rubber in their production does not destroy the rubber, latex rubbers are eco- friendly and their cultivation conserves rubber trees.

Types of Latex Foam MattressesTypes of latex.

In general, we have three different types of latex which are used in filling up mattresses. Even though their physical properties are similar, features such as quality, price, and lifespan differentiate them.

Natural (Organic) Latex

The natural latex mattress contains processed serum from a rubber tree. Serum or sap is a milky-like fluid commonly seen in rubber. To collect this serum, incisions are made on the bark of the rubber tree. When this is done, the fluid then begins to flow.

This process of collecting the serum is referred to as “tapping”. As the name implies, natural latex mattresses are composed of near 100% natural latex and the crude method of tapping makes it an expensive solution.

Latex Mattress Essential GuideSynthetic (Man Made) Latex

Synthetic latex mattresses are derived from petrochemicals and other chemical substances. The features of the product obtained using this artificial method is quite similar to that of natural latex, however, there are subtle discrepancies.

Since synthetic mattresses are artificially made, they are very common and less expensive, however, they are not as durable or as firm when compared to natural mattresses.

Blended (Mixed) Latex

As the name implies, it utilizes both types of latex processes. It is a combination of both natural and synthetic latex in a well-defined proportion; usually 20% natural and 80% artificial, however, they could be an equal fusion of organic and synthetic latex.

It is important to note that if the blended latex contains a higher percentage of organic material, the price will inadvertently become higher. Hence, many people who aim to get cheaper mattresses made of blended latex opt for materials with lesser organic content.

Blended mattresses tend to not as durable compared to near 100% natural latex. In addition, consumers become concerned with the off-gassing and health affects from the petroleum based portion of the blended latex. When purchasing mattresses, make sure you take note of the percentage of the organic content as many manufacturers fail to specify.

Types of Latex Mattresses

According to the design and structure, there are three main types of latex mattresses. The features and important properties of each latex mattress are detailed below.

All Latex Mattress

As the name implies, it is made entirely from latex. The latex, however, could be natural, synthetic, or blended. The only extra layers available on this kind of mattress aside is the flame retardant cover.

Based on the feature, they only appeal to the bourgeoisie market. All latex mattresses are usually very expensive and less common in the market. The superior quality eliminates any form of off-gassing problems. They also provide good motion isolation and they provide relief for people who experience pains in their lower back.

Latex over Foam Mattress

This employs a multi-layered mattress design structure whereby a thinner layer of latex rests on top of a thicker foam layer at the base. This foam is usually a cooling gel or visco-memory foam.

The price depends on the thickness of each layer. As a general rule, the thicker the latex layer, the greater the price of the mattress. Even though they are generally cheaper than latex mattresses, this type of mattress also provides good motion isolation and relief for people suffering from pains in their lower region.

Foam Over Latex Mattress

Similarly, it is a multi-layered mattress design with a thinner layer of gel or visco-memory foam on top of a thicker latex base. Other multiple layered designs can also be created by inserting the latex layer in between one foam at the top and the other under it, in such cases, the latex layer is usually about 2 inches thick.

Methods of Processing Latex

Dunlop and Talalay are two methods employed in processing latex. Often, they are wrongly referred to as types of latex even though they are methods of processing latex.

Dunlop process

For almost a century, the Dunlop manufacturing process has been adopted in the production of latex. It involves pouring a rubber sap of appropriate thickness into a froth in a centrifuge. The sap is then poured into a mold of appropriate volume & shape. After this, the mold is covered.

The process of steam-baking then occurs. Here, sediments which are naturally occurring in the mixture settles to the bottom and this gives the lower layers a more firm structure. The density of Dunlop is high compared to Talalay, hence, features like firmness, heaviness, and durability are more pronounced.

Talalay process

Talalay process is a relatively newer process that builds on the Dunlop process with two additional steps. After whipping rubber sap of appropriate thickness into a froth in a centrifuge, the sap is poured into a mold and sealed. The process then continues in a vacuum chamber where there is extraction of air.

After this, the mold is frozen which stabilize the sap materials. After this, the sap is baked into solid form. The cooled lump is thereafter removed from the mold and you have your Talalay latex ready for use. These additional steps give Talalay a more consistent structure, making it softer and pillow- like. Talalay processed latex is usually used as the top cushion layer of the mattress.

Dunlop vs Talalay

As mentioned earlier, the added steps in the process of making Talalay creates an uneven comparison. There is an appreciable difference in the observed characteristics of both products. One of the most common questions we’re asked is, “What’s the difference between Dunlop and Talalay Latex as far as feel?”. In this blog we’ve described the differences in feel here

To start with, the production time of Talalay is twice as long as that of Dunlop. Talalay is also more expensive to produce since the production is more resource intensive. It is safe to say that Dunlop is generally denser and Talalay is more resilient because of the proportionate structure. While it can’t be concluded that one is better than the other, it all depends on personal preference and the amount you’re willing to part with.

Conclusion

As explained in this article, latex mattresses are made of pure natural and organic material. They can either be utilized at the base or top-level layer. Normally, they are used with gels or visco-elastic foam, which are synthetic materials, but most folks that appreciate the healthy lifestyle will choose an all near 100% natural latex mattress without any blends of other foams.

When you exploit the advantages of these materials and merge them, you get a hybrid mattress. To benefit from latex mattress when using a hybrid mattress, you should have the latex layer on top of the visco-elastic foam.

The pros and cons of synthetic and organic materials have been laid out. The pertinent characteristics are also available for your reading pleasure. With the information available at your disposal, you can make well-informed decisions the next time you go mattress shopping.

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Why Latex is the Best Foam

Why Natural Latex is the Best Foam

 

Natural Latex is the healthiest foam available. It is also extremely comfortable, breathable and very durable. Really natural latex foam has higher rubber content than synthetic imitations or partially “hybrid” foam. Synthetic latex and cheap blends have unknown chemical loads and, like memory foam, are usually based on polyurethane. Most memory foam, initially comfortable, is not as responsive as natural latex. That is another reason why we believe latex is the best foam for your mattress. Read our blog about latex best foam vs other foams.

After obtaining the sap of the rubber tree, the latex is transformed into foam during the centrifuge step followed the mold process in which the baking process begins. What emerges are sheets of latex foam in a variety of densities.

Latex Best Foam is Customizable 

One of our best mattresses that is totally customizable, SpringLeaf Rest Natural Latex, has three layers of natural latex. Each layer can be soft, medium or firm. This enables you (and your partner) to choose a perfect combination of Dunlop and Talalay latex. NNM organic cotton mattress cover is GOTS Certified.

Natural Latex Foam vs Other

Most mattresses contain cheap foam that threatens your health and quality of life. Common foam beds contain treated fabrics and toxic. In addition, conventional beds have flame retardants, other toxic chemicals that are released into the air, disintegrate into microscopic dust and are easily inhaled. The close and constant contact with conventional mattresses (6-10 hours per night) increases the significant long-term exposure to these chemicals. Studies have shown that chronic exposure to low levels can be dangerous to health.

Memory Foam

The most common foam, memory foam, is mainly made of polyurethane with various chemicals added. Health and safety concerns about chemicals found in memory foam veds are widely reported. Some of them include isocyanides, formaldehyde, benzene, and naphthalene.

Many of these chemicals are associated with cancer, infertility, developmental disorders of the brain, obesity, headaches and respiratory diseases such as asthma.

Latex Mattresses Durability

Natural Mattress Matters latex mattresses have 20 years warranty. And for good reason: the overall quality of the product is the reason for our excellent reputation. It is rarely necessary to solve the problems after the purchase, but when we do, our priority is to listen to our customers and treat them all with consideration and respect.

Natural Latex Best Foam Mattress

We know that our customers are the reason why we can continue to do what we do. That is why Natural Mattress Matters has expended the latex foam mattress collection. See our wide selection of latex beds by clicking on the SpringLeaf section.

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Do I Need A Firm Mattress

“DO I REALLY NEED A FIRM MATTRESS?”

It is an inarguable fact that the World War II was one of the darkest times in the history of mankind, therefore one can never completely phantom how much joy came when it ended in the late 1940s. Having lived through not only the horrors of war but also the great depression attached to it, our parents and grandparents celebrated their newly acquired freedom and security with an unquenchable desire that it last. Whether they were looking for a car, a sofa, a refrigerator, or a bed, they always demanded durability. Shortly after the firm mattress concept developed.

Mattresses and Bedding

The mattress manufacturers at that time exploited their demands and they started producing mattresses that lasted longer, emphasizing on their longevity when advertising.

The science to the manufacturing process of these “durable mattresses” is that; harder and denser materials would be more durable than softer and lighter materials when used for the mattress production. This resulted to the production of firmer mattresses, limiting the comfort and softness it would have achieved with the softer and lighter materials.

Firm is Better Concept

Notwithstanding, manufacturers did an excellent job advertising and promoting the notion that “firmer is better”. This notion has even influenced the people of today to believe that a firmer mattress that offers more support is better than a softer mattress that offers pressure relief.

It would be fair to say that this advertising in those days were true, but the firmer is better trend may have been the easiest way out for manufacturers, producing what was easy to manufacture rather than what would encourage the most comfortable sleep and one step further proper sleep. Proper sleep is accomplished with proper alignment.

Foam or Spring Mattresses

Also in the light of promoting the firmer is better belief, manufactures started incorporating springs of several basic forms beneath the mattresses to make them feel softer. These springs might either be the box springs which match the mattress in size and appearance or might be incorporated like the spring beds often found in dormitories or other institutional settings. The latter are characterized by their firm top and flexible base. The flexible base usually consists of a steel grid with springs attached around their edges to give the firm bed a softer bounce.

Natural Latex Mattress

On the other hand, unlike other mattresses high quality mattresses like the natural latex mattress will give very poor performance on a spring-and-steel bed. This is because of the attributes of the natural latex. When its soft core sinks into the spring base, it tends to hammock or sag.

Instead of springs, the latex mattresses are designed to be supported by a rigid base which allows a softer surface for pressure relief and a denser layer for optimal back support when cushioning your body’s weight. See our SpringLeaf Bliss Latex Mattress Collection for more details. Our covers are made from GOTS certified organic cotton which allows it to stretch and contour better with the body.

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Let our industry experts guide you to the best fitting mattress that your body NEEDS.

 

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Exploring ILD Indentation Load Deflection

EXPLORING ILD

(Indention Load Deflection)

ILD is short for Indentation Load Deflection. It is a test of the force required to compress a material by 25% of its size. The number of pounds it takes to compress the latex becomes the piece’s ILD. Also called IFD (indentation force deflection). Let us get into exploring ILD in order to better understand how to buy a latex mattress. Organic Mattress companies often use ILD to describe the firmness and plushness of the natural latex layers.

Understanding ILD

Although exploring ILD is a valuable industrial standard, it can be a little complicated and confusing. So, based on our years of experience, customer interviews and feedbacks, allow us to simplify it for you…

More often than not we get questions about layers of latex ILDs and how they relate to mattress comfort. And because of this demand, we decided to do our own comprehensive research and share it with our organic family – our customers. ILD can be quite complicated, especially if someone that has no experience with latex is writing an article on it base on written research and advising customers what firmness to get solely based on ILDs.

Some basics about ILD:

  1. When measuring the ILD the tools used is a 7.5” diameter circular plate, and it has no resemblance to a human being. Therefore this proves that ILD measurements have no bearing on how the foam interacts with your body when sleeping.

 

  1. According to our research, the ILD measurement is only applicable at 25% compression. With limitations such as this, it cannot accurately indicate the foam full performance when it is squeezed above or lesser than 25%. A good example would be our Dunlop vs. Talalay latex mattress; some of our Dunlop foam are very similar to our Talalay latex foam. However, natural Dunlop latex are typically denser than natural Talalay’s because Dunlop is compacted by more than 25%.

 

  1. As you’re aware, some parts of your body – for instance, your shoulders and hips – carries more weight and therefore will typically squeeze more latex than the other parts – like your feet. It is highly unlikely – not to mention improbable – that your entire body would compact a layer at exactly 25%.

 

  1. It is unlikely that sheets of natural latex foam will have the same ILD all over the entire sheet. Although latex ILD embodies the acceptable ratings, the distinction, however, can sometimes be blatantly obvious. In addition, here we are talking about the average measure of the natural foam sheet instead of one specific part on the natural foam.

 

  1. Although most latex suppliers no longer disclose ILD measurement for their products, however, the real ILD ratings depends on the sizes of the material. When cutting a 6” sheet of latex with an ILD of 22 in half, the outcome will be two 3” sheets and ILDs of 13 – 15. Just this example alone is enough to make your head spin when shopping of a latex mattress based on ILD (Indention Load Deflection) Our research concludes that all manufacturers including Dunlop latex and Talalay latex follow a similar process.

 

  1. At Natural Mattress Matters we don’t fit a person to a mattress based on ILD, instead we look at alignment, posture, pain and pressure relief, and perhaps a person has a wider shoulder or the lady has wider hips. All these are critical factors to take into consideration when personalizing and fitting a person to the proper mattress.

Exploring ILD

Mattress Comfort

Our research also revealed that the production of a mattress exterior can make a huge difference on the comfort level by adding cushioning. It all depends on how the exterior is assembled; if manufactured to be too snugly, the rigid exterior adds to a feeling of firmness and comfort. Meanwhile, when the exterior is manufactured with excess fiber or elastic fabric, it can give out a softer look and feel. See our GOTS Organic Cotton Covers in our SpringLeaf Mattress Collection.

Best Natural Latex Foam Configuration

Picking the BEST mattress that’s both healthy for your living space and the planet isn’t really a rocket science. As the saying goes; when facing a complex situation, the simplest answer is probably the correct one. If you truly want to pick the RIGHT natural foam latex mattress layers with the proper configuration. Our mattress experts will guide you towards the best  mattress with different configurations and designs to find out the best choice for you.

Natural Mattress Matters is here to help

If you’re ready to start living a healthy lifestyle with our quality natural products, pick up the phone now and call us – or stop by our showroom store near Atlanta, GA between Alpharetta and Duluth in the beautiful city of Johns Creek. After our mattress experts ask you just a few guided questions, you will feel like it all made sense when you read this article.

Exploring ILD

In summary, Exploring ILD doesn’t really rank on the high scale of things. Worrying about some abstract numbers is not the best way to utilize your time. The time you could otherwise spend productively browsing through our immersed catalog and picking the RIGHT natural mattress that’s just made for you.

Need a quality eco-friendly mattress but don’t know where to start? Call us today for a FREE consultation. Or check out our pre-selected natural mattresses just for YOU here!

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All About Natural Latex Mattresses

Everything You Need to Know Before Buying a Latex Mattress

If you’re interested in buying natural latex mattresses but don’t exactly know where to start, here is the basic information you’ll need to know. Especially knowing which latex to choose Talalay Latex vs Dunlop Latex Mattress.

It’s Not Pure Latex

Even if someone sells a mattress as “100% latex” it’s not technically true. The natural sap from the rubber tree has to be processed in order to be able to form latex layers or cores for the mattress. If the sap was processed at 100%, it would be to thick to form the natural layers in the beds. The manufacturing process involves adding a few minor additives which is why the actual percentage is between 95-97% latex. Many bedding companies use blended latex, where they use only 5% of natural latex and the remaining is petroleum based foam. In the process they increase the margins and profits by misleading you the customer.

If you’re in the market for truly natural rubber then the less than 5% that isn’t latex should have no bearing on the comfort or quality of the mattress when you compare it with synthetic or blended foams.

How Long Will it Last?

This depends on the manufacturer but natural latex mattresses have a considerably long life. If you buy high-quality, natural latex mattresses and take care of it you could have the mattress for up to 30 years and still get a good night’s rest. The average traditional coil spring mattress usually lasts six to ten years. So at the end of the day, any additional cost or hassle associated with a latex mattress is well worth it considering how much longer they last.

Rubber Isn’t Easy to Get

You might think that because the sap from the rubber tree comes from a tree that it’s simple to process but rubber trees only grow within 10 degrees of the equator, making the supply rather limited. Another limitation on harvesting rubber is the weather. Rubber trees can only be sliced during the dry season – which only adds up to 180 days out of the year.

How Rubber is Harvested

The rubber tree is sliced at an angle, about three feet long, allowing the serum to run into a holding container. After an hour or so the serum stops flowing and the tree eventually heals. It’s interesting to note, when the serum is harvested more than half of it is water.

About LatexHow Latex Rubber is Processed

In order to prevent the serum from coagulating before it can be processed most companies add ammonia, which eventually washes out as it is processed. The rubber serum is then whipped in a centrifuge to separate the elements and concentrate the rubber to be used. The final step involves washing the latex through water and squeezing the excess out using metal rollers.

Pros to Sleeping on Latex

Most foam mattresses “sleep hot” which means they absorb your body heat while you sleep, making you warmer. A latex mattress allows air to circulate which creates a cooler and more comfortable sleeping arrangement and the night’s sleep you’ve been looking for. Traditional mattresses will sag with use and time but because of the resilient material, latex mattresses are less prone to sagging providing you with a better night’s sleep. Latex mattresses are also great for relief on your pressure points while providing enough support for your back and joints. Because the latex material absorbs motion it makes it the ideal mattress for sharing. This way, everyone has uninterrupted sleep.

Natural Latex Mattresses

And who doesn’t love that? Latex is the way to go! See our GOTS SpringLeaf Natural Latex Mattress Collection

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Online Mattress Companies The Hidden Truth and Lies

Online Mattress Companies – The Hidden Truth and Lies

The dawning of the new millennium, specifically with the advent of Web 2.0 has triggered an evolution in the online marketplace. The mattress industry has not been isolated from these events and has grown and evolved with it. The consumer is now faced with numerous choices which can be overwhelming, it is challenging to determine which mattress is suitable for you. Customers must now deal with false advertising and spurious claims about supposedly environmentally friendly materials used in their mattresses construction. A good night’s sleep is no longer predicated on the comfort of the mattress, the reality is far more nuanced, peace of mind is based on a mattress that is manufactured from GOTS organic natural materials has become a deciding factor in the purchasing of a mattress. Furthermore, a bed that has the proper certifications is also a vital component in creating a sense of peace of mind for the consumer. Lets get into “Online Mattress Companies The Hidden Truth and Lies.”

Natural Mattress Matters

The aim of our website is to create an environment that filters out the superfluous information and create an honest, streamlined experience for our users. Our goal is to inform people who are new entrants to the organic mattress industry in a manner that is straightforward and comprehensive. There is no doubting the fact that people with an interest in natural products are driven by a need to investigate and learn about the products they introduce to their domestic environments. We strive to provide the very best information to create a holistic picture of the organic mattress industry. Our core principles revolve around a set of values that incorporates transparency, honesty, and education. These principles determine which materials we use and the certifications we have chosen to obtain for our products.

The rise to prominence of online-only mattress companies has been staggering, however, the consequences of this rise are not always obvious. In the long run, the costs associated with using these online companies may be more expensive. Additionally, there is no guarantee that the materials used in their construction are natural or of the best quality. The price tag associated with some of these organic mattresses can be misleading, to say the least. In this day and age everybody is looking for the best quality at the lowest price, however, the lowest price is never a guarantee of quality.

Price Tags

The majority of cheaply priced beds are not individually customizable, rather they are manufactured to a one size fits all model. Considering the fact that we spend over one-third of our lives in bed this approach is not ideal. Because our idea of comfort is subjective, sleeping position, body weight, and health issues all play a pivotal role in the type of mattress that we chose. Most online mattress retailers fail to incorporate these factors in their design and manufacturing process. Our company has decided to adopt a different approach, we offer the customer a completely customizable experience where their natural mattress is designed to meet their individual tastes and preferences. Our organic mattress will change and evolve with you and your preferences as time progresses, this gives us an advantage over our online competition that our customers value.

Hidden Lies

Our competitors are not always transparent about the materials they use in their manufacturing process. They use poor quality synthetic materials such as memory foam which can create an uncomfortably hot sleeping environment for the individual. Other companies may offer Dunlop latex but it is missing the all-important organic certification, most online mattress retailers do not use natural Talalay latex because of the higher cost, they would face substantial cost increases if they decided to incorporate such an luxurious pressure and pain relieving latex in their beds. Especially our pure talalay latex. In order to reduce costs, they offer limited customizable options, which increases the possibility of the customer being dissatisfied with their choice.

Online Mattress Companies The Hidden Truth and Lies

In order to ensure that the customer is purchasing a truly organic mattress it is of paramount importance that they ask what material their mattress is covered in and what type of flame retardant is used in the manufacturing process. Our mattresses include certified organic wool which acts as a natural flame retardant, in contrast, most online brands use environmentally hazardous flame retarding materials which can also pose a threat to the customer’s health. Furthermore, even if they do include wool it is of poor quality.

Mattress Store – Showroom

In contrast to other online mattress companies, we provide our customers with the option of trying out our products in person. We don’t believe in the concept one mattress fits all, therefore you can experience the superior quality of our organic materials and test the different mattress customizable options available to you before purchasing. Most importantly one side of the mattress can be soft and the other firm thus eliminating the need to compromise. This provides our customers with peace of mind because it eliminates the guesswork associated with buying a mattress online, which is something that the majority of online-only mattress companies fail to consider.

Memory Foam vs Natural Latex

There is no comparison to be made between supposedly “natural memory foam” and natural latex. Natural latex in more breathable and resilient. However, it is difficult for the consumer to identify the differences between both materials because of the amount of misleading information used on various mattress companies’ websites.

Some companies claim to offer natural memory foam which is impossible because memory foam is a synthetic material. Memory foam reacts to your body through a chemically reactive process involving body heat. Some memory foam manufacturers claim to produce ecologically made memory foam; however, this does not always mean that the manufacturing process is environmentally friendly which contradicts the claims made about eco-friendly memory foam, also in the most instances petroleum-based products are still used in their creation. In addition, most of the time these companies would claim “soy based memory foam” etc, but they do not disclosed the amount in %. It could be 5% and the remaining would be 95% petroleum based.

100% Natural Latex Mattress

While some make claims about latex being 100% natural, in reality, this is technically impossible. The latex harvested from trees must include a small amount of curing agents and additives in order to produce a truly comfortable and reactive foam. In order to protect the health and well-being of our customers, we only use latex that contains the highest quality additives that have been tested and certified by Green Guard, Cradle to Cradle, and GOTS. The highest quality latex is 95-97% pure rubber, also know as a rubber foam mattress.

Environmentally Friendly Mattresses

Let’s say you bought an expensive mattress and are unhappy with your purchase, now you need to go through the hardship of returning the mattress and choosing a suitable replacement. While most online-only mattress companies allow returns, there are unforeseen consequences. Even though some mattresses get donated others are collected and dumped in the nearest landfill. On average in the United States 48 million mattresses end up in landfills annually, this is wastefully and damaging to the environment. It is a symptom of our throw-away society, where the vast majority of our trash ends up in landfills without any long-term consideration of the consequences.

You have probably noticed that we don’t allow returns, it would not be cost effective for us to take returns due to the cost of the high quality certified organic components used in our products. While others may take returns, they are not using the same quality materials as we do, and our customers would not buy from us knowing that we take back a used product. Have you ever wonder – what happens to those mattress covers that are returned? Are you perhaps sleeping on a used mattress cover?

90 Day Exchange

However, we do have a 90-day latex exchange policy which provides our customers with peace of mind. If you are not entirely happy with your choice of comfort, we will do everything we can to help ameliorate your concerns. For example, suppose you chose a Medium Dunlop layer of natural foam on top and you find it to be firm and you would like a softer option we will replace the medium layer with a Soft Dunlop natural latex foam free of charge within 90 days of receiving your mattress. Because you spend so much time in bed we believe that purchasing a mattress is an investment and we want you to be entirely satisfied and comfortable with your choice. We hope our readers got a little insight behind the “Online Mattress Companies The Hidden Truth and Lies”.

Final Thoughts

Over the last decade, the mattress industry has grown and evolved at a fast pace. This has resulted in the customer having to deal with an increasingly complex marketplace. It is vitally important that you ask the right questions and understand exactly what you are purchasing. If you are happy with a lower quality product that might not meet your requirements and will lack the longevity of our products then feel free to use any of the online-only mattress companies. But if you want a truly organic customizable mattress, that is biologically and environmentally safe and will provide the longevity and amount of support that you require, then we are your most affordable option.

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Latex vs. Innerspring Mattresses

 Lаtеx vs Іnnеrѕрrіng Mаttrеѕѕеѕ

Are you having difficulty choosing between Latex vs Innerspring Mattresses? One of the most common questions we’re asked is, “What’s the difference between Latex vs Innerspring Mattresses?”. Choosing between All natural latex and coil based could be challenging. In any case, іt will bе useful fоr уоu tо understand the major dіffеrеnсеѕ between natural or organic lаtеx mаttrеѕѕеѕ аnd innerspring mаttrеѕѕеѕ (Hybrid).

Innеrѕрrіng Mattresses

Natural innerspring mattress manufactures normally in addition to the mеtаl springs will add a natural or organic latex layer on top of the coils. Conventional innerspring bed companies will add foam lауеrs (memory fоаm оr ѕуnthеtіс foam) on top of the metal springs, often with poly fibers for the covers.

Hybrid innerspring beds tend to be less costly than all latex mattresses, but we need to make sure we can distinguish between cheap synthetic latex and natural/organic latex. It is important that we can distinguish between companies that use marketing gimmicks to make an all latex mattress seem natural or organic.

Often we find online companies claiming that the latex is organic and when asked about proof they are unable to provide the proper documentation. In addition, conventional bed manufactures often use toxic chemicals to pass the flame retardant laws. We believe that every customer deserves a healthy night’s sleep – that is why we use natural wool to pass the flame test.

Latex Mаttrеѕѕеѕ

Natural Lаtеx fоаmѕ layers can feel incredibly refreshing and comfortable with the proper configuration. Our SpringLeaf Rest Mattress allows you to configure different firmness levels. Our industry fitting experts are just a phone call away to assist you with the right configuration. Natural Mattress Matters believes that along with natural materials proper alignment and breathability are essential to a refreshing night’s sleep. We believe your side of the mattress should be personally fitted to address the specific needs of your body that is why we designed our models with the option of split-layer configurations tаіlоrеd specifically for соuрlеѕ.

Genuine natural rubber foam mattresses аrе made оf durаblе nаturаl lаtеx foam lауеrѕ. Thе fоаm is mаdе from the sap of the rubber tree, Hеvеа brаѕіlіеnѕіѕ, mainly grown warm climates close to the equator. The US market imports mostly from India, Africa, and Southeast Asia.

Latex vs Innerspring Mattresses

Conventional hybrid beds or other “lаtеx mаttrеѕѕеѕ” are often made from ѕуnthеtіс or mixed lаtеx (ѕуnthеtіс petro based, added with small % plant-based) аѕ a cheaper alternative tо natural rubber. Sуnthеtіс fоаm mаnufасturеrѕ саn rеduсе costs by fіllіng other сhеmісаlѕ аnd materials such аѕ роlуurеthаnе (оr mеmоrу foam) in the blеnd. Bedding manufacturers take advantage of small technicalities by advertising a product that is majority synthetic as “natural” or “organic”. Those companies are clearly misleading consumer to purchase a product that is inferior compared to what the customer in reality wanted was a natural or GOTS certified organic bed.

The consumer will eventually notice what they purchased – a blended mix of latex or synthetic foam is not as durable as close to 100% Latex Mattresses. In addition, most of those beds will start off-gassing and breaking down fairly quickly.

Pros and Cons of Latex vs Innerspring Mattresses

Like natural hybrid innerspring beds, latex mattresses аrе very dіffеrеnt іn terms оf materials аnd quality. Latex mаttrеѕѕеѕ саn be incredibly refreshing and provide a wonderful healthy cloud feel the environment, but a сhеар blended vеrѕіоn саn nоt bе mаdе wіth the quality of nаturаl lаtеx fоаm and at the same time create a healthy sleep environment.

An all-natural latex mattress is not mixed with synthetic petroleum-based chemicals. Rather the foam layers are derived from the sap of the rubber tree. The hevea brasiliensis tree grows mainly in warm climates, such as Africa, India, and Southeast Asia.

Online searches are full or “latex mattresses” with very attractive pricing. Having been in this industry and having experience with making beds from the beginning to the end, I can assure you that pricing, quality, and certifications are closely aligned. Online companies with clever marketing gimmicks mislead the customer in think that he/she is buying an organic or all-natural bed.

Latex vs Innerspring Mattresses Purity and Quality

Both natural innerspring beds and organic latex mattresses can be comfortable, but finding the right one is essential. A “foam mattress” can be made out of varying amounts of pure rubber tree sap, because the term “latex” is not subjected to regulation. Some bedding manufacturers sell beds that contain a minimal amount of real latex. Beds could be made even as little as 10% natural latex liquid, but are still marketed as “100% latex mattresses” or “Certified Organic Latex Mattresses”. Quality latex mattresses contain close to 90%+ natural latex rubber sap. Claiming “100%” latex mattress is misleading because it would represent unprocessed rubber sap. But high purity and quality natural latex rubber foam that is certified organic or Talalay latex that is Cradle-to-Cradle certified is a good step in the right direction.

Healthy Innerspring mattresses can also be quite comfortable and supportive at the same time. Above the springs there is usually a layer (or more) of rubber foam. Customers should carefully consider the type of foam. Generally, memory foam is molded to your body which can make it difficult to change positions while sleeping. Customers usually complain that they have to wake up in order to push their body to a different position. Latex, on the other hand, is more responsive and can be made in a wide range from soft to firmness levels.

When it comes down to it – both mattress types can be comfortable and supportive.

Latex vs Innerspring Mattresses

Comfort

Comfort levels describe уоur preference of fееl аnd rаngе on a ѕсаlе frоm ѕоft to fіrm (hard). You саn find a relatively unіfоrm ѕсаlе across brands, models, and ѕtуlеѕ іn thе industry, but it can bе dіffісult to trаnѕlаtе еасh brаnd’ѕ dеѕсrірtіоn fоr their ѕресіfіс соmfоrt lеvеl.

Bеgіnnіng аt thе ѕоft side, wоrdѕ lіkе рluѕh, рluѕh ѕоft dеѕсrіbе a vеrу ѕоft bed. Tоwаrdѕ the mеdіum lеvеl: luxury, luxurу fіrm, luxury рluѕh describe a universal appeal. Thіѕ level is typically thе most popular соmfоrt lеvеl bесаuѕе іt’ѕ where mоѕt оf thе рорulаtіоn fаllѕ into оn a рrеfеrеnсе ѕсаlе. The firm is gеnеrаllу an all-inclusive tеrm.

Most companies in the market are only interested in making a quick sale. Where is the regard to proper posture? What about proper support? Is the mattress going to relieve my joint pain? It is impossible that one mattress fits all. How can a person that weighs 300lb and a person that weighs 100lb sleep on the same bed?

Health

One of the most common questions we’re asked is, “What’s the healthier option between Latex vs Innerspring Mattresses?”. Conventional innеrѕрrіngѕ beds often contain memory fоаm and оthеr cheaply manufactured mаtеrіаlѕ, but ѕоmе соntаіn natural lаtеx and оrgаnіс materials. Our SpringLeaf European mаttrеѕѕ collection has german engineered coils with Plein Air merino wool, оrgаnіс соttоn, and nаturаl lаtеx.

Conventional ‘lаtеx’ mattresses mау not bе thе best choice, most usually соntain only little rеаl rubber lаtеx. In addition, since conventional “lаtеx” fоаm beds are mixed wіth petroleum they could potentially carry some tоxіс сhеmісаlѕ.

Durability

The durability of real latex mattress is incomparable to conventional mattress materials. Most true latex beds will have a 20-year warranty. Again, we like to stress the importance of the high purity of the rubber tree sap. This leads to high quality and durability of an all latex mattress.

Suѕtаіnаbіlіtу

Natural latex beds are both sustainable and biodegradable; the natural materials used in the production are renewable and also have a low impact on the environment. In conventional cotton production, tons of toxic chemicals are used, and this contaminates soil and water. Natural innerspring mattresses are much easier on the environment compared to conventional beds. Conventional cotton uses 35% of total pesticide use worldwide. Organic cotton is grown using methods that have a low impact on the planet.

Latex vs Innerspring Mattresses – Which is better?

When it comes down to it – both mattress types can be comfortable and supportive. If you want the highest-quality mattress available, consider an all-latex bed. They are extremely comfortable, durable, customizable, and great for the environment. However, if you’re on a tight budget, a well constructed natural innerspring will offer a good middle ground between quality and cost. The right innerspring is supportive, comfortable, durable, and made of natural non-toxic materials.

We ship everywhere…call our sleep consultants today to guide you for the best setting for your body.

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Dunlop vs Talalay Latex Mattress

Dunlop vs Talalay Latex Mattress

Are you having difficulty choosing between Dunlop vs Talalay Latex Mattress? One of the most common questions we’re asked is, “What’s the difference between Dunlop and Talalay Latex?”. In this blog we will be touching on the technical differences, such as purity, durability, and the process of manufacturing. In addition to the technical aspects of latex, another common question we’re asked is, “What’s the difference in feel between talalaly and dunlop latex?” We’ve described the differences in feel here

Different types of latex

Both latex are named after the different processes involve in manufacturing them. For more info about dunlop vs talalay latex mattress processes see our sections below.

There are four types of latex used throughout the mattress industry: natural latex (Natural Rubber Foam Latex), certified organic latex, synthetic latex, or a combination of natural and synthetic.

Natural Latex (Natural Rubber Foam) is made from the sap of the rubber tree. It is truly a blessing that we are able to use this natural product from the Rubber tree, Hevea brasiliensis to create an natural latex mattress. The major difference between natural latex and certified organic latex is natural latex does not carry the associated USDA agricultural certification. The manufacturing process for organic latex and natural latex is the same. The quality of the end product is essential identical.

Certified Organic Latex (Rubber Foam) is made very similar to natural latex also from the rubber tree, but the difference being the USDA certification. The USDA tries to monitor and assure that there are no added chemicals such as pesticides, herbicides, or synthetics added during the initial stages in the manufacturing process.

Synthetic latex, of which there are several types, is produced from petrochemicals. Styrene-butadiene rubber or SBR is the most common type of synthetic latex foam. As petroleum is extracted from the earth, it can be considered ‘natural’ in some sense of the word and this is where savvy marketing gimmicks are used to mislead the consumer.

Blended latex is a product created from a combination of organic/natural and synthetic latex. Many manufacturers also add filler particles such as clay to the mix; producing a product that is cheaper, less durable, and somewhat stiffer. Labeling petroleum as natural product leads to a somewhat confusing classification system as many ‘natural’ mattresses may be a 50/50 blend of natural latex and polyurethane foam, and further treated with VOCs (volatile organic compounds that easily convert into vapors or gases).

VOCs could potentially cause short-term symptoms (such as constant headaches, asthma attacks, and memory loss) and long-term diseases (such as cancer). According to the EPA, indoor air pollution is up to ten times greater than outdoor pollution because so many common household products contain these chemicals, and so many homes have poor air circulation.

Dunlop vs Talalay Process

Both the Dunlop and Talalay processes are natural products with almost the identical manufacturing system. However, two additional steps have been added to the Talalay process to produce a product that is perhaps softer and more resilient.

Dunlop Manufacturing Process

Process begins with the sap that’s collected from the rubber tree

The milky white rubber sap is whipped into a froth consistency using a centrifuge

The sap is then poured into a mold

Substances are add to stabilize the sap

The natural latex sap covered and steam baked

Similar process has been used since 1929

 

Talalay Manufacturing Process

Very similar to the Dunlop process but with a few extra steps.

The milky white rubber sap is whipped into a froth consistency using a centrifuge

Sap is poured into a mold that is then sealed

Air is extracted from the mold to create a vacuum

Substances are used to stabilize the material, which is then flash frozen

The mold is steam baked

Which latex is most often used in beds

Dunlop latex is mostly used in beds currently due to being a much older process and because it could carry the organic certification.

Latex Structure Consistency

The current industry is of the opinion that the Dunlop process creates a mattress that is denser, firmer, and heavier yet more durable. Making it seem that the Talalay latex is inferior. This is far from the truth, natural talalay latex consistent cell structure makes it very durable and supportive. We believe that both of the process have their unique features and depending on the objective of the consumer and the current needs of the body both can be utilized to create the best sleeping environment.

Natural Latex Environmentally Friendly

In order derive the sap from the rubber tree and turn it into latex, the process requires some cuts into the bark to allow the milky white sap to flow. The best part is the cuts heal over time and there is no need to cut the tree down. From the environmental perspective choosing dunlop vs talalay latex mattress is the same – both come from the same rubber tree.

Most of the foam rubber production and supply comes from countries that are close to the equator due to the warm climate. US imports latex foam mostly from India, Malaysia, Thailand, Sri Lanka, and Indonesia. Organic rubber foam and natural foam is environmentally friendly and sustainable product as the sap process does not mandate for the tree to be cut down.

The Hevea brasiliensis rubber tree usually has life span up to 30 years, once the tree is no longer producing the milky white sap the wood can be used to create furniture.

Dunlop vs Talalay Latex Mattress

Dunlop or Talalay – Which is Better?

Dunlop is firmer than Talalay because it is denser. If you love pillow-soft surface feel Talalay will be best choice for you. What you need to take note of is which type, or which combination, will give you the adequate support and comfort for your needs. Dunlop and talalay both make a good mattress and they are pure when compared to regular mattress materials. To understand natural Talalay latex a little better watch the video below.

Choosing Dunlop vs Talalay Latex Mattress

In conclusion, Natural Talalay foam has a wider range of hardness grades just like dunlop, but overall Dunlop foam is generally heavier. If you prefer a soft surface, you’ll should try Talalay as the top layer or as a topper pad. Our industry expert are just a phone call away in case you need some assistance which configuration will be the best for you and your body. A refreshing night’s sleep is crucial for you to feel your best and be your best. We want to help. 

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What’s the Best Non Toxic Mattress

What’s the Best Non Toxic Mattress

The refreshing nights sleep starts with our SpringLeaf collection best non toxic mattress made from the best natural materials available. Such a mattress will leave you in a comfortable state that will help you with some energy to face your activities of the day. You do not have to wake up from your bed tired. The bed should be comfortable enough for you.

Shopping for the Best Non Toxic Mattress

Buying a new mattress can be a exhausting with all the research involved and all the fancy online marketing gimmicks makes it challenging to know what is right for me. It’s especially difficult if you’re looking for a natural latex mattress or organic mattress. Searching for the best non toxic mattress is a task that many sleepers find demanding and rewarding at the same time after learning about the dangers of harsh chemicals and fire retardants that may be lying on their bed.

Beds that are non-toxic are safe and healthy for you. You do not really need to worry about chemicals in a bed that could cause you or your loved one any harm. Conventional beds are known to contain toxic chemicals and dangerous flames retardants.

It is our hope that after reading this guide, you will have all the tools you need to successfully pick the best non toxic mattress, natural latex mattress or organic mattress.

Our beds are created using the best natural and organic materials available. Primarily, we use natural latex due to the numerous benefits it offers to our customers while at the same time being the more natural product on the market for the core and support of beds.

Best Non Toxic MattressOrganic materials

Natural latex is the sap from a rubber tree grown in climate conditions that are hot and moisten. These plantations tend to be close to the equator. There are basically two types of latex which are known as; Talalay and Dunlop. They are named according to the procedure used in making them both.

Natural Latex

The materials we use for the core of our beds are Talalay latex and Dunlop latex all undergo certification process through Oeko Tex which is the most stringent certification for toxic chemicals. In addition, we carry also the GreenGuard for VOC testing (Green Guard Gold) and GOTS USDA’s to meet up with their stringent rules and standards. This affirms that, there are no toxic chemical flame retardants in our products.

No chemical flame retardants

Right from the time California implemented their Technical Bulletin 117, manufacturers of bedding have been mandated to carry out open flame test. To pass this simple but challenging test, what the manufacturers do is add chemicals that can retard flames. Beds that contain such chemicals have been identified to pose serious health hazards which include cancer, brain disorder and obesity amongst others to their users.

Best Non Toxic Mattress

So how are we different from the enormous amount of options consumers have available? Firstly, for our mattress casing, we use natural wool batting that is certified, this allows our mattresses to pass the flame test without having to use any toxic chemicals. The natural wool also serves as a cushion as it provides an airy and comfortable layer. In the cleaning of the wool, we neither use chemical bleaches nor toxic solvents.

Secondly, we like to use organic cotton. It has tremendous benefits to the consumer, while at the same time it is a natural materials. This materials allows your body to contour perfectly with the supporting layers, unlike cheap poly covers. Organic cotton is also believed to have the ability to absorb moisture and stays dry unlike synthetic fibers, making it more comfortable to wear or sleep on.

Customisable Designs

We have several mattress sizes from 6″ to 13″, which you have the options to choose from Talalay and/or Dunlop latex, both made of natural latex. We understand what our customers want. Our designs are top-notch. Call our industry experts to assist you in guiding you to the best support for natural sleep.

If you want a healthier lifestyle, and believe in honesty, quality craftsmanship, and value, then you will love Natural Mattress Matters.

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What’s a Rubber Mattress

What’s A Rubber Mattress?

Ever gone into a mattress store and hear the salesperson talk about “rubber mattress?” I know, you’re probably confused, and maybe you’re already picturing a bed that’s made of a trampoline, right?

Well, it’s totally fine if you’re new to the concept about rubber mattresses because this post is just perfect for you as I’ll be giving you a quick rundown on all you need to know about rubber mattresses. Besides, no one wants a bed that’s “uncomfy” and all bouncy. Let’s get started, shall we?

SO WHAT DOES THE TERM “RUBBER” MEAN?

Well, it’s an appropriate although dated term for latex. So, when you say Natural latex foam rubber, you’re still saying Natural latex foam as they’re one and the same thing. Now, sap is collected or tapped from a rubber tree and harvested, from there, it’s taken to a centrifuge, a machine with a rapidly rotating container that turns the sap into foam. From there, it’s transformed into molds and steam-baked.

Mattress Rubber

So, in essence, the process begins with the sap that’s collected from the rubber tree and the end product is a natural latex mattress. So, when you hear a salesperson say, “rubber mattress,” you don’t need to worry about anything. It’s just an old-school term for the best mattress material you can find.

Rubber Latex Mattress

Ever slept on a natural latex foam mattress? If you haven’t, you’re missing paradise on earth. Why? That’s because, it’s one of the best surfaces ever for sleeping no matter what your bed goals are, supportive or soft.

Now, we’re in a time where people are trying to bring back Natural latex for the production of mattresses, a revival of sorts. Why is this, you might ask? Well, long before the development and use of synthetic chemical foam products, durable and comfortable natural foam rubber was a very popular material for making beds.

At the time, people casted it aside because of its synthetic substitutes, and as you know, people tend to feel everything new is better so, it naturally fell out of favor with the world, and you could see various artificial substitutes for natural materials including foam rubber, began to consume the marketplace.

Rubber Mattress

Foam Rubber Mattress

But just as quality is king in every aspect and industry of life, people are starting to see just how important natural rubber foam is, not only to them but the environment and their health in general. People are now more self-aware and increasingly alert about what they eat and use and the materials that are used in their production, most especially what they sleep on and breathe next to every single night.

That being said, it goes without saying just how important rubber mattresses are and why you shouldn’t take any other material as a substitute if you really take your health and sleep seriously. In addition, our mattresses use GOTS organic cotton for the cover and natural wool as the Fire Retardant. Both of which have tremendous benefits for the sleeper. Since we use wool as the FR we avoid using those toxic chemicals that conventional mattress companies use.

Rubber Bed

So, whatever you call it, natural latex mattresses, rubber mattresses, anything you want to call them, we at Natural Mattress Matters make sure to combine and give you a unique blend of quality, style, and comfortability that’s just perfect for you and at a price that’s just suited for your pocket. We’ll be more than happy to show you our rubber mattress collections.

So, what are you waiting for? Check us out locally or call to place your order for a pure natural mattress.