Are Mattress Protectors Really Necessary?

By Jacob Mathias on October 15, 2014


What is a Mattress Protector?

A mattress protector is typically a waterproof mattress cover that encases the entire mattress to provide protection from accidental liquid spills.

Types of Mattress Protectors

There are a variety of mattress protectors on the market today, some with just stain protection while others also provide protection against allergens and irritants such as bed bugs, mold, dust mites, and dead skin (these are the ones you want). Most will be breatheable and will not hinder the benefits of the mattress, but be cautious and read reviews to ensure it does not change the overall feel on the mattress.

Why Use a Mattress Protector

Although there are many chemicals available to clean a mattress with a vacuum cleaner, it can be difficult to completely remove stains or clean the mattress entirely. Mattress protectors fix this problem. Mattress protectors absorb liquids or body excretions and are easily washable in the washer and dryer.  Protecting the integrity of your mattress and having a fresh surface to sleep on ensures you are healthier and happier.

Using a mattress protector is often recommended to individuals who have allergy problems, especially dust mites. A quality mattress protector can provide that extra layer of protection that you need. Dust mites lay waste all over your mattress cover which is known to trigger asthma symptoms and allergies. Mattress protectors are commonly used in nurseries and health care facilities, primarily because they are easily cleaned and sanitized.

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