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Everything You Need to Know Before Buying an Organic Latex Mattress
If you’re interested in buying a latex mattress but don’t exactly know where to start, here is the basic information you’ll need to know.
100% Latex Mattress is a bit misleading
Even if someone claims to sell a bed as “100% latex” it’s not technically true. Due to the treatment process involving additives and water, the material is actually 95-97% latex. 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 bed when you compare it with synthetic or blended foams.
How Long Will it Last?
This depends on the manufacturer but a natural latex mattress has a considerably longer life. If you buy a high-quality, natural latex bedding and take care of it you could have the bed for up to 30 years and still get a good night’s rest.
Rubber Isn’t Easy to Get
You might think that because rubber 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 that more than half of the serum is water.
How 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.