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A 2-minute Guide to Mattress Toppers and Protectors

Mattress Toppers and Mattress Protectors

Should you buy a mattress topper and mattress protector? What are they anyway? This article explains what both these bedding items are and why they’re important.

Is a mattress topper and protector similar?

A mattress topper sits on top of your mattress, underneath the sheets, and has more of a cushioning role. A mattress protector on the other hand, is about hygiene. It prevents stains, bacteria, dust mites etc getting to your mattress and contaminating it.

It’s actually not a bad idea to use both a mattress topper and protector. If that’s the case then the topper should sit over the mattress and then the protector laid on top. Your bed sheets can then be laid over both.

Benefits of mattress toppers

  • Give you a good night’s sleep without the price tag of a luxury mattress (ie it’s possible to get a memory foam topper).

  • Soft toppers can ease a firm mattress while a firm topper can add support to a mattress that is too soft for a sleeper.

  • Will make your mattress last longer.

Different mattress topper materials

Woollen toppers

A soft topper which adds a more comfortable touch to mattresses which are too firm. Woollen toppers are also good for those who suffer from allergies since the natural materials is hypoallergenic.

Memory foam toppers

This is very comfortable since it conforms to the shape of your body, allowing you to sink into the mattress completely. It is particularly good for sleepers who suffer from back pain. It’s probably one of the most popular choice of topper around today.

Latex toppers

A temperature regulating topper with a cushioned surface, latex toppers are another type which are good for those with back problems. This type of topper also helps sleepers who have as sore joints since it helps to redistribute weight.

Cooling toppers

There are mattress toppers available which have the ability to add a cooling aspect to your sleep. That’s because they regulate the temperature of the sleeper during the night, i.e. it cools you when it’s too hot and vice versa.

Can you wash a mattress topper?

Expect your mattress topper to last around 36 months, especially if you keep it clean to avoid it getting dirty, and wash it regularly. Most toppers can be washed in the machine although for some it’s only the cover that can go in.

Benefits of mattress protectors?

  • A mattress protector can ensure your mattress lasts for its expected lifespan of eight years.

  • They can be put in the washing machine.

  • Can act as a good barrier from dust mites for those with allergies.

  • Come in waterproof versions so good for young kids.

Different mattress protector materials

Waterproof protectors

These are great for guarding the mattress against spills or night accidents from kids, as well as pets. As a result, they can almost certainly prolong the life of a mattress.

Anti‐allergy protectors

Protectors can be specially treated with antibacterial formulas to discourage house dust mites from burrowing into the material and mattress. They can be washed in a machine at 60°C to make sure any dust mites are killed off completely.

Cooling protectors

These protectors tend to be made from natural fabrics such as cotton or linen. They can wick moisture away from the skin, helping to regulate the body’s temperature, resulting in a more comfortable sleep.

Can you wash a mattress protector?

You can wash your mattress protector at the same time as you wash your sheets. Just throw it all in together in the machine every week or fortnight for best results.

Mattress protectors to choose from

S8 Terry mattress protector

Fully waterproof with an elastic edge for ease of use, durable with up to 60 washing cycles this mattress protector will help you sleep soundly, knowing that your mattress is protected from stains, dirt and splashes. Check the full product description of S8 Terry mattress protector.

S8 Simple mattress protector 

Great value for money not to be missed! Simple protectors help the mattress and pillows to maintain freshness and a clean feeling for longer, thus preserving your guarantee. This protector keeps your sleeping area free from moisture, sweat, dirt and stains. Its special membrane allows air circulation, which avoids a high thermal sensation, thus contributing to many nights of healthy sleep. The top layer is made of hypoallergenic mesh fabric. The second layer is a membrane made up of tiny pores that allow air to circulate and make it a waterproof and breathable product, providing complete protection against liquids, since the membrane acts as a physical barrier, preventing penetration into the mattress. The protector offers year-round comfort and significantly extends the life of your mattress. Check the full product description of S8 Simple mattress protector.

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