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Frequently Asked Questions about Latex Mattresses

When considering latex mattresses, many people, just like you, have questions about the mattresses themselves and their options. These are a few of the most frequently asked questions related to latex mattresses.

What is a Latex Mattress?

Latex mattresses are mattresses that are made from special foam created with the sap of rubber trees. Latex foam is all natural and botanical in nature. There are synthetic latex foam mattresses on the market that may or may not include any actual botanical latex in the manufacturing process.

How is Latex Foam Created?

There are two types of latex foam manufacturing processes that are used to create latex mattresses — Dunlop and Talalay latex.

Dunlop involves pouring foam into molds where it is vulcanized and allowed to dry. This creates a very dense layer of foam for mattresses that is often preferred by those who suffer from back pain.

The Talalay process is a more recent manufacturing process in which the foam is whipped to generate aeration, then poured into molds and vacuum suctioned. This creates a softer foam that is preferred by people who sleep on their sides.

What are the Benefits of Dunlop Manufactured Latex Foam?

For people who need firm support in a mattress, it’s nearly impossible to go wrong with a Dunlop core latex mattress. They are made with an all-natural process, and can be organic if you choose a mattress that is certified organic by GOLS (Global Organic Latex Standard). They are also extremely durable with the potential to last up to 20 years. If you sleep on your stomach or back, the Dunlop mattress core might be the best option for you.

What are the Benefits of Talalay Manufactured Latex Foam Mattresses?

Talalay mattresses offer a layer of soft support that provides essential cushioning for your pressure points. This is ideal for people who prefer a softer foundation and those who sleep on their sides.

What is the ILD of Natural Latex Mattresses?

ILD stands for Indention Load Deflection. The ILD of natural latex can range from 20 (for the softest mattresses) and 45 for the firmest mattress choices.

What if Partners Have Different Firmness Preferences?

One of the beauties of owning a latex mattress is that it is made to order. That means that you can have one side that is firmer than the other (when ordering a Split King, Split Queen, Or Split California King mattress). When you order from PlushBeds, you can even make adjustments for comfort or added support once you’ve purchased your mattress, because you can easily add a firmer or softer layer after your mattress has been delivered if needed.

What is GOLS Certification?

If you’re interested in an organic latex mattress, you will need to find one that has been certified organic by the Global Organic Latex Standard. This means the source materials used in making the mattress and the manufacturing process itself has been studied and observed and meets or exceeds the rigorous standards of the organization.

Are all Latex Mattresses Organic?

While natural latex mattresses can be organic, not all of them have gone through the certification process. That doesn’t mean they aren’t of outstanding quality and good for you and your family – only that they have not gone through the thorough testing required of mattresses that bear the certified organic label.

Are Latex Mattresses Green?

Natural latex mattresses that are made with 100 percent natural latex are very good for the planet. Not only are the mattresses themselves 100 percent recyclable, but they are also manufactured in a manner that causes little pollution and contains no petrochemicals. They also last longer than most traditional innerspring mattresses, meaning they’ll need to be replaced far less often. Another win for the planet.

How Long do Latex Mattresses Last?

Unlike innerspring mattresses, which have a lifespan between five and seven years, natural latex foam mattresses can least up to 20 years without losing the firm support they are so famous for. This means you can get a lot more value from your mattress investment when you choose natural latex.

Are Latex Mattresses made from Sustainable Materials?

The rubber trees that produce the sap used to make latex foam are not harmed by the process of removing the sap, and are very sustainable themselves because they grow so quickly.

Do Latex Mattresses Cause Off-Gassing Issues?

Some memory foam mattresses that are made with petrochemicals have a reputation for powerful off-gassing, once removed from the packaging. These strong odors can cause headaches and respiratory issues if you don’t allow them to air out properly before bringing them into enclosed rooms in your home. That is not the case with 100 percent natural latex foam. It can be a problem if you are using synthetic latex or a hybrid latex mattress.

Is it Necessary to Flip Latex Mattresses?

You may have noticed that latex mattresses are a little heavier than the average innerspring mattress. You’ll be glad to know that unlike innerspring mattresses, natural latex mattresses have a great deal of elasticity (thanks to the rubber at its core), and tend to maintain their shape for years without sagging or buckling in critical areas. There is no need to flip them routinely to avoid sags, lumps, and bumps in latex.

How is Latex Different from Memory Foam?

There are many differences between latex foam and memory foam. One of the biggest is the construction process. Latex foam is constructed in a manner that it encourages air flowing toward and away from the skin – keeping your skin cooler at night. This helps you sleep better, without waking up throughout the night because you’re uncomfortably warm. Memory foam is also associated with a sinking feeling once you crawl into bed. Additionally, latex foam has natural properties that make it antimicrobial and antibacterial that are lacking in most memory foam mattresses.

Is it Difficult to Clean Natural Latex Mattresses?

Natural latex mattresses are naturally resistant to bacteria and microbes, which means they don’t need to be cleaned as often as innerspring, and even some types of memory foam mattresses. When you need to clean them, they are easy to clean and maintain.

These are the top questions and answers about Latex mattresses. If you have additional questions, our PlushBeds mattress specialists are happy to help you! Call the PlushBeds sales or support team 7 days a week. We look forward to speaking with you!

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