One of the best features with latex mattresses is the fact that comfort layers can be added or removed in order to adjust comfort and/or firmness of the mattress. Unfortunately, some mattress makers glue the layers together and seal them in a sewn mattress cover. This removes the adjustability factor so many people love about their latex mattresses. It’s also why it’s such a great idea to go with manufacturers that offer the convenience of a zippered mattress cover for their latex mattresses, along with their “unglued” latex mattress layers.
Of course, the zipper is only part of what you should expect from your mattress cover. These are the two types of latex mattress covers commonly available on the market today.
Woven Organic Cotton Fabric Covers
Organic cotton is a great thing. Woven fabric covers, however, are not always the best investment for natural latex mattresses – for many reasons. The first reason is that you lose a great deal of the “elasticity” of the latex mattress when you invest in woven mattress covers that are only able to stretch in one direction – parallel to the weave.
This doesn’t allow much in the way of pressure relief at all. Think of other woven fabrics, such as canvas, denim, and tweed. They don’t have much give at all. In fact, you can even see the crisscross pattern of the individual fibers and how little room there is to stretch the fabric.
Knitted Organic Cotton Fabric Covers
Knitted mattress covers, on the other hand, are constructed with distinctive loop patterns that allow stretching in all directions. There is much more elasticity in these fabrics than in woven fabrics. This elasticity, or give, is what makes a knit mattress cover the perfect companion to a latex mattress. It allows the perfect degree of stretchiness to take full advantage of all the benefits that sleeping on a natural latex mattress has to offer for pressure point relief.
Another benefit to consider when exploring your options is that knit mattress covers are softer than woven ticking. They also offer greater breathability, which makes them ideal for people who sleep “hot.” and need to stay cool during sleep. Finally, they offer better moisture control than woven fabrics, meaning that the ticking has a more evaporative nature than canvas and that it’s less likely to have problems with mold or mildew.
The mattress cover is a necessary and essential part of the mattress construction. Its purpose is to provide shape and form to the mattress while protecting the mattress from things like body oils, moisture, stains, etc. Removable, zippered mattress covers allow the convenience of not only changing out the comfort layers of the mattress itself, but also of changing the mattress cover if you want to replace the cover (twenty years or more is a long time, after all).
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