Being environmentally conscious with your mattress purchase can be wise and healthy decision for your family. A natural latex mattress is one of the best and most popular choices for comfort and an eco-conscious consumer.
Made from the sap of the rubber tree, natural latex mattresses are sustainably sourced. As with most big purchase it helps to do a little research first. Here are some of the questions potential buyers should ask.
What percentage of the bed is natural latex?
There is no such thing as a 100% natural latex mattress. If someone is making this claim they are misinformed. There’s actually about 95%-97% latex in a natural latex mattress. The remaining 3 -5% comprises other substances used to turn latex into rubber foam, mostly sulfur and some additives. Make sure to ask what percentage of fillers have been used.
Blended or synthetic foams may contain only a small percentage of natural rubber and cannot compare to the purity of natural latex.
How long before I will need a new one?
There are a few factors that affect the lifespan of a natural latex mattress. The most important two are how it’s made and how it’s used. Regardless, it’s going to last a long time. Some natural latex mattresses that were made over three decades ago are still in use today, which means you can expect it to last a long time with proper use and upkeep.
What’s the Difference between Dunlop and Talalay Latex?
Dunlop and Talalay are the two types of latex available and are both named after the manufacturer that makes them. The process to make each differs and produces different characteristics.
Without getting into details the Talalay is considered the more luxurious of the two. It’s manufacture adds a few steps to make the mattress more uniform and airy and therefore softer than the Dunlop. Subsequently, Talaly mattresses are more expensive. Both are great choices however, and you can’t go wrong with either. Try them both out and see which you prefer.
Does it smell like rubber?
Products that are made from organic materials usually have a scent of their raw content. With correct processing, however, this scent can be reduced to a point that it’s almost undetectable. When it comes to natural latex mattress, most people won’t smell anything but a few people with a strong sense of smell may detect a minute scent of the rubber tree plant. This scent is not unpleasant or harmful. If anything, it gives you an assurance that your bed is natural and safe to use.
If you have questions about natural latex mattress, don’t hesitate to ask any bed solutions expert from the most comprehensive specialty sleep and wellness center in the Sacramento—The Healthy Bed Store. They can definitely provide you with answers and additional information that can help in your decision making.