If you’re buying a new mattress, it’s important to make sure you’re also using a mattress protector so you can best protect your investment. Here’s what you need to know about mattress protectors before you buy.
What is a Mattress Protector?
A mattress protector is a piece of bedding that typically covers your mattress like a fitted sheet. Most mattress protectors use materials that are both moisture-resistant and breathable, such as terry cloth, polyester, or vinyl. Depending on the type of mattress protector you buy, they can absorb or repel liquids, protect you from common allergens and irritants, and even prevent bacteria and mold from infiltrating your mattress.
Do I Need a Mattress Protector?
While mattress protectors aren’t essential to your comfort, they will help protect your mattress and keep it clean for years to come. In fact, many mattress warranties are void in the event of a stain, so using a mattress protector can help keep your mattress warranty valid. That’s why the best way to care for your new mattress is to make sure you cover it with a mattress protector. Not only will it help protect your mattress from sweat and other liquid spills, but it can even help prevent allergens from infiltrating your mattress. While mattresses are difficult to clean, you can easily remove your mattress protector and run it through the wash, which makes mattress upkeep much easier.
How to Choose a Mattress Protector?
Wondering what to look for a in a mattress protector? First, you’ll want to consider what you’re hoping to protect against. If, for example, you tend to overheat during sleep, try choosing a mattress protector with moisture wicking capabilities and heat deflecting technology. If you’re particularly nervous about spills, make sure your mattress protector has a waterproof barrier. If you have bad allergies, choose a hypoallergenic mattress protector and make sure to wash it regularly. Do your research and choose a mattress protector that best aligns with your specific needs.
How to Use a Mattress Protector?
Mattress protectors are quite easy to use. You simply place the mattress protector over the mattress and under the fitted sheet you use for your bedding. While there is some debate about how often to clean your mattress protector, most people will be fine washing their protector once every three to four months. Pro tip: while your mattress protector is in the wash, be sure to clean your mattress by spot cleaning any stains, vacuuming your mattress, sprinkling baking soda over your mattress, and vacuuming again. If you have a mattress that needs to be flipped, this is also the perfect time to do it.
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