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Posted on by Amber Merton
Latex mattresses are widely recognized for delivering an outstanding night’s sleep. What you may be surprised to learn, though, is how many exceptional nights of sleep you can expect from your latex mattress before it begins to break down and sag like so many other mattresses on the market today.
Hint. It’s a lot. This is especially true in light of comparisons with other mattresses on the market today.
Traditional coil innerspring mattresses have an expected lifespan of about five to seven years. Some superior quality mattresses will last until the end of that period, while those that are made with cheaper materials may barely manage five years. It’s not just the quality of the mattress and a tendency to sag or break down during that time. Coil mattresses are also notorious for collecting things like dead skin cells, mold, mildew, and dust mites. So much so that they often double in weight over a seven-year span of time. This makes them difficult to move around, flip over, and turn as you’re supposed to with traditional innerspring mattresses in order to prevent sagging and general breakdown. Especially with larger mattresses like King or Cal King size mattresses.
The bigger picture, for people concerned about the state of the planet, is that these mattresses aren’t easy to break down and recycle. Some of them may not even be recyclable at all. This means that many of them find their way into local landfills occupying precious space in property that is widely overcrowded to begin with. Mattresses made with petrochemicals may even contaminate the soil and groundwater, adding to the problems they generate.
Memory Foam Mattresses
Traditional memory foam lasts a little longer. You can expect one of those to last between seven and 10 years before it begins to break down, form indentations, and develop a few serious sagging problems in all the wrong places.
How Long Do Latex Mattresses Last?
Quality 100 percent natural latex mattresses, on the other hand, can last in the 20-25 year range without giving up an ounce of support. This means that the mattress will continue to hold its shape without sagging, forming indentions, and even have the same bounce and springiness you experience your first night sleeping on it. Think about it. At 365 good nights of sleep per year (we’ll leave Leap Year’s out of the equation) for 25 years, you’re looking at as many 9,125 good nights of sleep from your natural latex mattress.
Even better, for many consumers, is the fact that natural latex is 100 percent recyclable. Every item that goes into the mattress can be safely broken down, so that these mattresses never need to see the inside of a landfill.
When you consider that one latex mattress lasts more than three times longer than the average innerspring mattress, and almost three times as long as a memory foam mattress, you have three sets of those mattresses going into landfills in the lifetime of one natural latex mattress. That is outstanding news for the sake of the planet.
What About the Costs?
One of the most common questions about natural latex mattresses involves the cost of buying a latex mattress. Quality latex mattresses are made with a Dunlop latex core, and are durable enough to last many years, up to 25. The ingredients and materials that go into making these mattresses cost more, but the value of the mattress, when considering the expected usefulness of the mattress, is far superior than most other mattresses on the market today.
The value of natural latex isn’t just in the costs, however. Or even in the durability alone. Though both make the mattresses excellent values for any consumer. When you purchase a natural latex mattress, you’re also buying peace of mind. There’s nothing more satisfying than knowing you’re buying a mattress that’s built to last many years without getting weighed down with dead skin cells, dust mites, mold, mildew, and countless allergens.
More importantly, you’re getting a mattress that is made with safe, natural ingredients that doesn’t contain harmful ingredients that may affect your health or the health of people you love. Ingredients like:
- Polybrominated diphenyl ethers (PBDEs) commonly used in flame retardants
- Chlorofluorocarbons (CFCs)
- Petroleum fillers
- Methylene Chloride
- Volatile organic compounds (VOCs)
How do you know these things are absent in your natural latex mattresses? You look for certifications from independent certifying organizations, like the (United States Department of Agriculture (USDA) and Global Organic Latex Standard (GOLS), that confirm the absence of these harmful ingredients and so much more.
You also get to enjoy the benefit of knowing your mattress purchase is good for the planet — especially if you purchase your natural latex mattress from PlushBeds. PlushBeds is committed to providing mattresses that are not only safe to have in your home, but also safe for the planet. Beyond that, PlushBeds is equally committed to social equality and non-exploitative manufacturing methods. This means the mattresses bring important jobs to communities, livable wages, humane working conditions, and safe manufacturing processes.
Buying a mattress doesn’t have to be a difficult decision. Once you count all the costs, you’ll find that natural latex mattresses have exceptionally long lifespans, and a cost that makes them quite the bargain in quality and durability. Besides, sleeping on a latex mattress offers you unparalleled comfort. So much so that they're recommended by orthopedic specialists and chiropractors because of the unequaled support they provide.
If you’re still on the fence, then it’s time to explore the many other benefits you enjoy when buying natural latex mattresses from PlushBeds. These benefits include:
- The 100-night comfort exchange
- Hassle free and actual free returns
- The 25-year manufacturer’s warranty
- The customizable firmness of PlushBeds natural latex mattresses
Besides their longevity, it’s hard to imagine a better bargain in mattresses when you count the quality, the costs, and the other benefits of natural latex from PlushBeds.
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