Are There Chemicals in a Latex Mattress?

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As you compare buying options when latex mattress shopping, you’re likely to face the decision about latex mattress types: whether or not to purchase a synthetic or blended latex mattress vs. purchasing a natural latex mattress. On the surface, it may appear as though you’re getting a better bargain by going the synthetic or blended route. However, once you factor in the chemicals in synthetic latex mattresses, you may find that a natural mattress is a true game changer worthy of a second look.

What’s the Deal with Mattress Chemicals?

One hundred percent natural latex mattresses are made with absolutely no petrochemicals. This is a fact that not only appeals to people interested in better health and avoiding unnecessary exposure to petrochemicals, but also to those interested in leading “greener” lifestyles. Pure organic latex is naturally hypoallergenic, as it is a botanical product. The sap from rubber trees is used for creating these mattresses. Because there are no chemicals used in the process of making these mattresses, there is no “off gassing” (the strong chemical odor that is often experienced once removing mattresses from their packing materials).

Unfortunately, the same cannot be said of blended mattresses that often produce a moderate amount of off gassing. However, even these do not produce as much as other synthetic memory foam mattresses on the market today. They do not have the same green mattress qualities or earth-friendly status, though, as 100 percent natural latex mattresses.

In addition, synthetic latex is made in a laboratory versus the dunlop or talalay process that is used in the manufacturing of a natural latex mattress.

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Looking Beyond Chemistry

Chemistry and mattresses rarely make good bedfellows — especially for the people making the purchase. One hundred percent natural is absolutely the way to go if you have the budget for it.

The benefits are many and include things like:

  • 10 – 20 percent higher owner satisfaction rating
  • Better elasticity or contouring
  • Improved compression
  • More durability
  • Eco-friendly
  • Longer lifespan

At the end of the day, it’s the person sleeping on the mattress who must choose what works best. While chemical-free is for many the way to go without question, others have stricture budgets and can’t always afford to wait until a time when a pure, organic, natural latex mattress is within their grasp. Blended or hybrid may be their next best choice. However, if exposure to chemicals is a concern of yours, it is worth it to save up for or finance a 100% natural latex mattress.

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