The mattress cover is almost as important as its innerspring. It protects the bed from dirt and the accumulation of harmful dust mites. This allows you to enjoy a clean and hygienic sleeping area and a long life of the mattress itself.
Mattress cover – is it a good investment?
While the purchase of a mattress is usually a carefully considered decision for which we do not begrudge funds, many people downplay the importance of a mattress cover. This is a big mistake, because a well-chosen mattress cover significantly extends the life of the mattress itself and keeps it from losing its properties.
Mattress covers have several different functions. Their primary function is to protect the mattress from contaminants that would be difficult (or even impossible) to remove without the extra layer. In addition, the cover protects the mattress from dust mites and sweat absorption. As a result, the place of rest is hygienic and easy to keep clean.
In the offer of manufacturers you will also find mattress toppers with more specific effects. Among them is a popularly used in hotels and guesthouses waterproof mattress cover, a thermostatic cover or a bed cover with an hypoallergenic and antibacterial effect. What kind of mattress cover to choose and how to take proper care of it?
Types of mattress covers
Anti-allergic and anti-bacterial
Anti-allergic mattress cover is a model dedicated to people prone to allergies. The cover is most often made of materials that are completely resistant to allergens. These include bamboo fibers, probiotics and silver ions which discharge accumulated static electricity and give the cover antibacterial properties.
The antibacterial cover has a slightly different structure. On its surface there is a coating that prevents microorganisms, bacteria and dust from penetrating deep into the mattress. The materials used have a germicidal effect, thus increasing hygiene during sleep.
Another example of popular covers are anti-sweat covers. For their production, soy and polyester fibers are most often used. Such a choice of materials causes reduction of the problem of perspiration and even distribution of moisture over the surface of the cover, so that the mattress remains dry and hygienic. At the same time, the delicate material does not irritate the skin and has antibacterial properties.
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Temperature regulating covers (cooling, neutral and warming)
Covers are also available that optimize the temperature during sleep. Depending on temperature and hygroscopic conditions, they can cool, warm or remain neutral. Among others, they use outlast fibers which were developed for NASA space suits.Infused into the fibers, the microcapsules react to temperature and cool or warm as needed, providing optimal conditions for a night’s rest.
How to put a mattress cover on a mattress?
The mattress cover should be ideally sized for the mattress. A tight-fitting protector clings tightly to the mattress, and putting it on can be a challenge. Fortunately, there are proven ways to make this task much easier for you. How to go about it?
The protector is best applied when it is slightly damp. Before applying, ask another person to help and together stretch the corners of the cover to maximize its surface area. It’s best to start with the longer sides, and then stretch along the diagonals.
To make it as easy as possible to put the cover on, form the mattress into a U-shape. This will make it easier for you to place the protector on it. In addition, re extending the mattress, will allow you to better stretch the fabric of the cover across its surface.
How to care for a mattress cover?
A mattress protector requires proper care. The surface of the cover, as, moreover, other domestic spaces, is a breeding ground for bacteria and dust mites. Regular vacuuming will keep it clean. It’s also a good idea to air the cover, especially when it’s freezing outside the window – the low temperature should wipe out the microbial population. You also must not forget to regularly wash or clean the cover with a pressure washer.
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How to wash a mattress cover?Most often you should set the classic program with a temperature of 60°C. However, there are times when the recommended temperature is lower or the cover should not be spun, which is especially true for quilted or buckwheat covers. So it is good practice to know care recommendations which you will find on the cover’s tag.
Mattress cover is a way to protect your mattress and increase the hygiene of your resting place. Regular care, vacuuming, airing and washing will keep your mattress clean and take full advantage of the coating’s properties. You can opt for an anti-allergenic, anti-bacterial or thermostatic model. All this will result in increased comfort during nighttime rest and good condition of your mattress.