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.\r\n\r\n\r\nWhat is a Latex Mattress?\r\nLatex 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.\r\nHow is Latex Foam Created?\r\nThere are two types of latex foam manufacturing processes that are used to create latex mattresses -- Dunlop and Talalay latex.\r\n\r\nDunlop 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.\r\n\r\nThe 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.\r\nWhat are the Benefits of Dunlop Manufactured Latex Foam?\r\nFor people who need firm support in a mattress, it\u2019s 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.\r\nWhat are the Benefits of Talalay Manufactured Latex Foam Mattresses?\r\nTalalay 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.\r\nWhat is the ILD of Natural Latex Mattresses?\r\nILD 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.\r\nWhat if Partners Have Different Firmness Preferences?\r\nOne 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\u2019ve purchased your mattress, because you can easily add a firmer or softer layer after your mattress has been delivered if needed.\r\nWhat is GOLS Certification?\r\nIf you\u2019re 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.\r\nAre all Latex Mattresses Organic?\r\nWhile natural latex mattresses can be organic, not all of them have gone through the certification process. That doesn\u2019t mean they aren\u2019t of outstanding quality and good for you and your family \u2013 only that they have not gone through the thorough testing required of mattresses that bear the certified organic label.\r\nAre Latex Mattresses Green?\r\nNatural 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\u2019ll need to be replaced far less often. Another win for the planet.\r\nHow Long do Latex Mattresses Last?\r\nUnlike 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.\r\nAre Latex Mattresses made from Sustainable Materials?\r\nThe 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.\r\nDo Latex Mattresses Cause Off-Gassing Issues?\r\nSome 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\u2019t 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.\r\nIs it Necessary to Flip Latex Mattresses?\r\nYou may have noticed that latex mattresses are a little heavier than the average innerspring mattress. You\u2019ll 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.\r\nHow is Latex Different from Memory Foam?\r\nThere 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 \u2013 keeping your skin cooler at night. This helps you sleep better, without waking up throughout the night because you\u2019re 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.\r\nIs it Difficult to Clean Natural Latex Mattresses?\r\nNatural latex mattresses are naturally resistant to bacteria and microbes, which means they don\u2019t 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.\r\n\r\nThese 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. 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