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How to Get Rid of an Old Mattress

how to get rid of an old mattressYou’ve had your old mattress now for the last 10 years, and it has been on your bucket list to get rid of it, but you are only finally now getting around to discarding it for a new one.  Only problem is, how are you supposed to get rid of something like an old mattress?  Mattresses are big and bulky, and are not the easiest things to just “throw away.”  In fact, you will probably get fined anywhere between $50 to $500 if you put your mattress out curbside and just expect that it will be taken care of by your city!  There are a few things you can do to properly get rid of your old mattress.

Often the company that sells you your new mattress will also provide the free service (or for a nominal fee) of taking your old mattress and discarding it for you. In absence of that possibility, try the following ideas:

One of the first things that we like to think of since we consider ourselves a little “greener” than most is the online service freecycle.org.  Freecycle is a community of folks like yourself that network via internet to give and get things that are used so as not to be wasteful.  You can sign up at Freecycle.org and become a part of a community that is environmentally-friendly and that help the Earth while helping each other!

If you can’t get anybody to take your old sagging mattress, or it is just too sickly for you to try to give away unembarrassed, the next thing you might think of is to wait until your city’s spring cleanup, where often you will be given a free one-use pass to the city dump.  This is all in an effort to beautify and maintain the cleanliness of the neighborhoods and environment in the city, and is an excellent thing to take advantage of to get rid of a mattress that is old and worn.

If you can’t wait for the free pass to the dump, and you can’t get the mattress there by yourself anyway, the next thing you should do is to call your city waste management.  Often your city will be able to schedule a pickup for you, and you may only have to pay a token fee of $20 or so for them to do it for you.  It should save you the trouble of having to find transportation yourself to get it to the city dump, the gas money, and the hernia from the heavy lifting.

If all of the above fail, go ahead and try to call your city’s fire department.  Tell them that your mattress is caught up in a tree – no, actually, kindly ask them if they need anything that causes a lot of ugly, black smoke to burn for training their firemen.  They might take you up on it!

And now that you’ve learned how to get rid of an old mattress, it’s time you quit having to dump so many mattresses and get one that will possibly outlast you. Try a Plushbeds latex mattress for the ultimate in comfort and support. And when you are finally done with it a few decades from now, it’s biodegradable!

Mattresses That Don’t Sag

mattresses that don't sagOver time a lot of mattresses sag. That’s just the nature of the beast. But does it have to be? Do all mattresses have to sag? And why do mattresses sag? Well, let’s address these questions one at a time. Do all mattresses have to end up with sag? The answer to that is a resounding NO! You probably are used to mattresses that sag, which may be the reason why you end up asking, “When should I buy a new mattress?” after only just a few years. You should know that this doesn’t have to be a normal and routine question among mattress owners. In fact, latex mattress owners rarely have to ask themselves this question, the reason being is that they started out with the question, “What’s the best mattress?” and went successfully forward from there.

Many mattresses do sag; that is the plain and straightforward truth. Truthfully, most mattresses do. The reason is because most of them are made of soft material that doesn’t “recover” (or metal springs that get crunched). Recovery, or to put it in more plain terms, bounce-back, is not present in most mattresses. Sure, most mattresses when they are new do have some level of recovery for a time. But after a while their lack of resistance comes into play more and more, as the weight of the human body packs down the foam material inside the mattress. The mattress stuffing starts to spread out little by little with each new “lay” on the bed. Then the mattress may not only get an impression and sag, but it may also start to form lumps where the stuffing has spread outwards to. You start to sleep on different parts of the mattress, but instead of getting away from the sag, you chase around the foam from one part of the mattress to another, causing it to get lumpier as the material congregates into small (or large) annoying masses.

Not all mattresses have to sag – at least not the mattresses that are made not to sag from the get-go. Natural latex mattresses have great reputations as mattresses that don’t sag. The reason latex mattresses don’t sag is because they are made of rubber. That’s right, natural rubber foam that comes from the sap of a tree. This is the perfect material for a mattress because it rebounds each and every time after pressure is placed upon it and then removed. And what is even more wonderful is that you don’t need to flip the latex foam mattress like is recommended with other mattresses. It is just not a requirement because it is such a naturally elastic, spring-back material. Further, another one of the benefits of a latex mattress is that because it has tiny pin-sized holes distributed throughout the core of it evenly, it is self-ventilating and won’t cause you to overheat while you sleep on it. So, not only are latex mattresses mattresses that don’t sag, they also won’t make you sweat. Throw that in with zero motion transfer (you won’t feel your partner get in and out of bed or even toss and turn), and you have a real winner!

Now, once you know that a latex mattress is one of the few mattresses that don’t sag, all you need to do now is find out how to buy a latex mattress, since there can be some pitfalls along the way if you aren’t careful.

Dust Mite Resistant Mattresses

dust mite resistant mattressesDust mites are tiny, little microscopic bugs that live and thrive in the same type of environment that humans do. That is because they enjoy the same types of temperatures that we do, and because their food source is us. Actually, it’s not like they are eating us alive, but rather eating our dead skin cells. And that’s the biggest composition of dust – dead skin cells, that is. Dust mites make their home many surfaces that we come into contact with daily – that furniture which we sit on (our couches), that which we walk on (our carpets), and that which we sleep on (ewe, our pillows and mattresses!). This is why it is important that we make sure as much as possible that our mattresses are dust mite resistant mattresses. Who wants to sleep in and breathe the fecal material of dust mites?!

Natural latex mattresses are some of the best types of mattresses to avoid dust mites, since they are naturally dust mite resistant mattresses. Being hypoallergenic, latex mattresses are also antimicrobial and antifungal. Since they don’t have a hollow core they are also more resistant to bed bugs, which thrive in open spaces like is present with an innerspring mattress.

One of the reasons that dust mites like mattresses so well is not only because of the favorable surrounding temperatures in the environment, but also because of the humidity. Because we sweat and breathe continuously, dust mites thrive in our beds along with us. What people are allergic to is the fecal matter that comes from the dust mites after they ingest and then excrete the dust coming from our dead skin cells. But who wants to wear a dust mask to bed to avoid breathing in the fecal material, much less lay in the waste of the mites? It is much better to prevent having the experience at all by buying a latex mattress, which does a great job of eliminating the problem almost entirely. This is one of the many benefits of a latex mattress. Not only will you sleep more soundly and comfortably, but you will also rest assured that your mattress is dust mite resistant. You won’t have a flare up of allergies due to the dust mites or due to the mattress being made of harsh petrochemicals like other foam mattresses are made from (such as memory foam).

There are very few mattresses in the marketplace that are dust mite resistant, yet latex mattresses are one of them. Find out why Plushbeds’ dust mite resistant latex mattresses are among the best latex mattress selections of all, and how to get access great latex mattress reviews minus all the hype.

July 4th Mattress Sale!

July 4th Mattress SalePlushbeds.com runs several sales throughout the year for our premium Botanical Bliss Latex Mattress line of products. Among our seasonal sales is our Labor Day mattress sale, our Memorial Day mattress sale, of course the Black Friday and Cyber Thursday mattress sales, and several other smaller sales that we put on throughout the year. These are perfect times to save from $500 up to $1,000 on an all natural latex mattress! If you have been asking yourself, “When should I buy a new mattress?” or “What is the best mattress?” you’ve just hit pay dirt! If you are asking these questions, the answer is probably NOW and the botanical latex mattress, respectively.

Everybody loves a sale, and especially one on a higher-ticket item like a mattress. One of the strongest reasons that someone would be interested in our July 4th mattress sale is not only for the slashes in our already modest pricing, but because our latex mattresses offer some real advantages and benefits over and beyond what you can find in conventional mattresses. Each of our natural latex mattresses are dust mite resistant, antimicrobial and antifungal, and hypoallergenic. For those of you environmentally-friendly consumers, note that our botanical latex mattress collection, the Botanical Bliss line, are all mattresses that are completely biodegradable and are zero carbon emission.

During our Fourth of July mattress sale, enjoy totally free shipping, and of course no taxes! And if you’re almost sold on buying a latex foam mattress, but still sitting on the fence, please look at what other customers have to say about their latex mattress purchase from Plushbeds.com. We pride ourselves on our excellent customer service and satisfaction. Nearly 98% percent of our customers are very satisfied with their latex mattress purchase and would recommend our mattresses to a friend.

Every one of our Plushbeds latex mattresses come with a risk-free 100-night Sleep Trial that if for any reason your mattress is not a fit for you or you are not 100% satisfied you can return it for a meager $99 flat latex mattress return policy fee (go compare that to elsewhere – you may be have to pay up to $500 return shipping if you don’t carefully read their fine print. We reveal everything up front!). In addition, check out our warranty, it is the bedding industry’s most robust warranty!

Please take advantage of our July 4 latex mattress sale – you might not know this about latex, but pure 100% natural Sri-Lankan latex is a rarity in the industry, and because of that the prices always adjust dramatically upward for us sometimes without being forewarned! Be a part of our 4th of July mattress sale from now until end-of-day July fourth!

What is the Best Mattress?

What's the Best Mattress?Many people want to know the answer to the question, “What is the best mattress?” I could come right out and tell you what my opinion is on this matter, but instead first let me go through some of the reasons that would lead someone to want to know what the best mattress is, and then it will be easier to determine if one mattress is indeed better for you according to your needs.

Why does a person decide to get a new mattress in the first place? They may be asking the question because theirs is older, and they want to know – When should I buy a new mattress? – or it may be that the mattress that they currently have just doesn’t meet their needs. A lot of people start searching for a new mattress because they develop some type of health condition that makes it uncomfortable for them to continue sleeping on their current mattress (such as an innerspring mattress). It may be that they have worsening back pain that their mattress seems to aggravate, it may be that they develop a case of insomnia and they want to know if changing out their mattress could be a help or a solution, or it may be that they just feel like their ability to have something nicer because they can afford it now is the major factor. Let’s explore some of these reasons that a person would lead a person or a couple to investigate what the best mattress out there really is for them.

If a person wants a new mattress because they have some very active trigger points and they are searching for a little back pain relief, there are a few very good alternatives to choose from among. Either a natural latex mattress, memory foam mattress, or even an air mattress (not the kind you go camping with!) would be a good idea in this case. The latex mattress is great because you can choose your ILD according to how your back pain responds to firmness. Need something firmer, or something softer? Back pain can be further exacerbated because of too much support and firmness or not enough (too soft). Check out the latex mattress ILD rating post for a fuller discussion on how these numbers work. Memory foam mattresses are much like latex mattresses in that they form to the contours of a person’s body, but body heat will affect the firmness of a memory foam mattress to the extent that in the morning your memory foam mattress may be less firm than it started out. So just be aware of that fact and plan accordingly when deciding upon a memory foam mattress and its firmness level for your needs. An air mattress is a pretty cool invention, because now you can vary the firmness any time you should choose to! Your body is dynamic, and so too can your mattress be. Your “sleep number” (the way the firmness levels are specified with this kind of technology) can be changed as often as you like. And your partner’s sleep by number doesn’t have to be the same because the air chambers are separate on each side of the bed.

Some people find that when they change out part of their routine or something simple like their mattress, they can greatly reduce their insomnia. I’m no doctor, but it is true that people have changed their mattress and that has been the thing that has done the trick for them to help them to sleep better. It’s no wonder for at least a couple of reasons – the mattress they have they may be allergic to and not even realize it, or their mattress isn’t comfortable enough to get them to have the alpha waves to lull them into the sleep state (Are you a Princess and the Pea? This could be your problem.). Natural latex mattresses are hypoallergenic. Memory foam mattresses are made of petrochemicals, so they don’t share the same chemistry as natural latex. They at least have the potential to cause an allergic reaction.

If you are finding that you can now “afford” a nicer, better quality mattress, any one of the mattresses discussed above (air, latex, or memory foam) could be the best choice for you. In this case it would just depend upon personal taste and style. All of these mattresses have great properties to them. They can all have 20 year warranties on them too, making them a very attractive long-term investment. The best thing to do is go to a showroom floor, test out the various styles to get an idea of what feels best to you, and then order of the internet (from Plushbeds, of course) for a much better deal!