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Latex mattresses are not as mainstream or widely recognized as other popular mattress styles such as adjustable air or memory foam mattresses. This leaves many people with unanswered questions about latex mattresses and what they have to offer. These are a few of the most commonly asked questions and answers so that you can buy with confidence that you know what you’re getting.
What is Latex Foam?
Latex foam is a material made from the sap of rubber trees. Natural latex foam is completely natural and has a natural resistance to bacteria, mold, mildew, and parasites. Unlike memory foam, latex foam is also extremely breathable, allowing air to flow through and providing a cooler sleep experience.
What Types of Latex Mattresses are Available?
There are essentially three different types of latex foam mattresses available today. They are natural latex foam, blended latex, and 100 percent synthetic latex. Natural latex is the purest, most natural form of latex. Natural latex is also the most durable and long-lasting form of latex, lasting 20 years or more in many cases.
How are Latex Foam Mattresses Constructed?
There are two methods of construction for latex foam mattresses: Talalay and Dunlop. Talalay produces the more expensive breed of latex foam mattresses, as there are most steps involved in the construction process. There is great debate over which mattress type is best, though both are great for different reasons. Dunlop mattresses are generally firmer, and Talalay mattresses are the more comfortable option. The use of both Dunlop and Talalay latex in a mattress is the best of both worlds, and provides adequate support, pressure-relieving comfort, and durability.
Are Latex Mattresses a Green Sleep Option?
It’s nearly impossible to find a more “green sleep option” than latex foam for many reasons. The first is the longevity of a natural latex mattress. The average mattress must be replaced every five to seven years. Some offer longer warranties, but on average, people stick to that rule of thumb due to lack of comfort, sagging, and countless other reasons. Latex foam mattresses last 20 years on average – some even longer than that. This means that one latex mattress can eliminate three traditional mattresses from landfills around the world. Further, latex mattresses are biodegradable (having been made from botanical materials), whereas traditional mattresses would stay in the landfill for hundreds of years before fully decomposing.
The other way latex mattresses are green, specifically the natural latex mattress, is that it is made of 100 percent natural ingredients, no petrochemicals are used in its construction, and it’s naturally resistant to mold, mildew, and pests.
How Comfortable are Latex Mattresses?
Latex mattresses are often proclaimed to be as comfortable to sleep on as memory foam mattresses without the heat and off-gassing that are so often associated with them. Off-gassing can put off the joy of a new mattress for as much as an entire month. In some cases, the off-gassing is so bad that you can’t even sleep in the same room with the mattress for at least that long (especially if you have a sensitive nose). As well, latex is springier, meaning it has better bounce back and resiliency, so you won’t feel like you are sinking into quicksand as some memory foam mattress owners report.
You get the best firm mattress you need for better back health and the soft cushioning you need to avoid pressure points all rolled up in one mattress, depending on your needs. The real beauty about natural latex, if you aptly compare brands and choose the best latex mattress manufacturers to do business with, is that you can have your mattress custom created to match your individual mattress needs, even if you and your partner like different firmnesses.
These are some of the most common questions asked about latex foam mattresses today. Hopefully your questions have been answered so you can make an informed buying decision.
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