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How is a Latex Mattress Made?

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Latex mattresses are growing in popularity as people discover the many wonderful, back-saving, environmental, and other benefits they deliver – not to mention their exceptionally long lifespans when compared to other mattresses. But, as awareness is raised about the many benefits of sleeping on a natural latex mattress, there is a corresponding increase in questions about how latex mattresses are made.

The History of Latex Mattresses

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Here’s a story of a man named Murphy who used his wife’s kitchen cake mixer to make something other than a cake …

Now before getting into that, because latex is an organic, natural product, we need to start off with explaining exactly where latex comes from.

The Rubber Tree (Hevea Brasiliensis)

Latex mattresses are constructed from the milk or sap from a rubber tree. This rubber tree is known as Hevea brasiliensis. This tree has a major economic significance because its milky latex is the primary source of many things made out of natural rubber (gloves, catheters, balloons, condoms, hoses, belts, and swim caps), not just latex mattresses.

How a Latex Mattress is Made

Latex mattresses are made in one of two ways. They are either made using the Dunlop method of latex mattress construction or the Talalay method of latex mattress construction. Either method offers distinctive benefits depending on what type of mattress you’re most interested in purchasing.

Natural Latex Foam

The American Chiropractic Association says that, “Back pain is one of the most common reasons for missed work. In fact, back pain is the second most common reason for visits to the doctor’s office, outnumbered only by upper-respiratory infections.” Since new mattresses are often recommended as a first line of defense against back pain, it makes perfect sense that millions of Americans each year are beginning to explore their mattress options in search of something better than what they currently have. One option that more and more people are turning to is the natural latex foam mattress. How much do you know about this mattress?