Although sheets should always be used on your mattress, a rough, uncomfortable cover will come through the sheets and make your sleeping experience less than desirable. If you are unsure about the cover that is being used to make your mattress, ask for a sample to be sent to you so you can feel it out before you buy the mattress. Any reputable company would be more than happy to fill your request. A lot of companies will send you a sample pack of all the ingredients that make up their bed, but this is simply overkill and an unnecessary gesture. Unless you are concerned about latex allergies, the latex used in your mattress is pretty much the same from company to company. Next, be sure the latex that comprises the bed you are considering is 100% natural latex. There are different types of latex available, including natural and synthetic latex and a combination of both. Synthetic latex contains synthetic ingredients and chemicals that are in no way natural. Whether you are considering Talalay or Dunlop latex, be sure that it is 100% natural latex. While there are a few other ingredients in natural latex (zinc oxide, fatty acid soaps and sulfur) rest assured, they are natural ingredients. Be careful not to fall for the Dunlop/Talalay latex is the best and we only carry the best tactic. Many manufacturers only carry one type of latex and will tell you that the latex they carry is the best. However, both Talalay latex and Dunlop latex are equally good products and a reputable company will offer you the choice.
You might think now: which mattress is good and what manufacturer can I trust? Selecting the right mattress might seem a hard decision and mattress manufacturers seem to use a lot of complicated language to describe the specifications of the mattresses they produce. By simply knowing a few words that explain the spring or foam technique of a mattress you will understand whether the mattress suits your requirements or not. I will begin by explaining the most basic mattress to very specific innovative techniques. Most mattress used to be simple open coil mattresses in which the springs are interconnected. The disadvantage of open coil sprung mattresses is that any movement in the night effects your whole body as well as your partner. Sprung mattresses often do not take into consideration different parts of the body and are not ergonomic, which can cause back pains. The reason for purchasing a sprung mattress is often its low price, but for just a few pounds more you can already have a far better mattress.
By Federal law, ANY AND ALL mattresses manufactured and sold in the United States must pass a flame test. Under the law, a mattress must be subjected to a flame for 70 seconds before it ignites. How this is achieved varies from manufacturer to manufacturer, but most manufacturers achieve this by using chemicals. These chemicals (Boric acid, Antimony and Decabromodiphenyl Oxide) are the same chemicals that have been banned in Europe for years and the same chemicals that are used in pesticides to kill roaches and have been linked to reproductive and developmental diseases, heart and lung damage, hair and memory loss, SIDS, birth defects, skin irritation and are believed to be carcinogens. Continued exposure to these chemicals cause accumulation in the body and present themselves in breast milk, the blood stream and in umbilical cord fluids.
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