As awareness of health problems connected to lack of proper hygiene grow, the demand for products to protect beds have become more important to consumers.
Mattresses and pillows must be protected against liquids, dust mites, and other allergens that can cause you to have allergic reactions while in bed. Common allergic reactions include sneezing, itching, watery eyes and wheezing. Dust mite allergies have also been linked to headaches, fatigue and depression.
Comfort is also important to the consumer. With so many types of textiles currently on the market for mattress protectors and bed sheets, it is hard to know what’s right for you. We have briefly identified some materials used to make these products.
TENCEL® is one of the most environmentally friendly regenerated fabrics. It is manufactured from wood pulp obtained from eucalyptus trees. These trees are grown on farms and do not require irrigation or pesticides. The forests and the pulp produced for Tencel have earned Forest Stewardship Council (FSC) certification which verifies that the products come from socially and environmentally responsible forests.
TENCEL® fabric carries the Oeko Tex 100 certification, an international standard developed in 1992 to certify that it contains no harmful substances. TENCEL® fibers are spun into yarns and then woven into textiles that are soft, absorbent, very strong when wet or dry, resistant to wrinkles, and drape well. TENCEL® lends these qualities to the fabrics with which it is blended. It is often blended with natural fabrics such as hemp, cotton and wool.
Cotton is the most popular fabric used to make sheets and other bedding. It is durable, breathable, soft, easy to care for, and generally quite affordable. You will find several different types of cotton. Here are some of the most common.
- Egyptian cotton is the most luxurious, super-soft, high-quality bed sheet. Grown in warm, dry climates of North Africa, it is the extra-long fibers that make Egyptian cotton so desirable.
- Pima cotton is also known for its softness and natural sheen. Its medium to extra-long fibers are ideal for bed sheets. This cotton is primarily grown in the southwest of the United States, along with a few other locations.
- Upland cotton is native to the Americas, but is now the most commonly grown cotton in the world. Its fibers are not as long as Pima or Egyptian cotton, so it is not as soft as those varieties.
- Supima® is a trademarked name for fibers and materials woven from 100% American Pima cotton.
- MicroCotton® is a trademarked brand of extremely fine cotton thread developed in India. This durable cotton, made from long staple cotton fibers, is very soft and absorbent.
Flannel is a cotton that has been combed to fluff up the fibers. Unlike other types of bedding materials, flannels quality is measured in ounces per square yard, rather than thread count.
Silk is a luxurious, soft fiber produced by silkworms. Silk is also naturally hypoallergenic. The downside to silk is its high cost and its delicate care.
Polyester is a manmade fiber produced from polymers. While polyester is inexpensive, it is quite stiff and scratchy when used on its own. Generally, you will find polyester mixed with another thread, often cotton, in inexpensive sheet sets.
While bamboo can be made into fabric, it is typically rather stiff and rough. Most often, what you find labelled as “bamboo” in sheets is actually rayon. This means the bamboo pulp went through a process to dissolve the pulp, re-solidify it, and then spin it into thread. The result is a very soft, durable and silky fabric.
There are lots of blended fabrics available, most including some form of cotton. Blended fabrics are usually inexpensive, durable and wrinkle-resistant, making them a good choice for children’s bedding.
Cotton/polyester is the most common, but you will also find cotton/bamboo and cotton/rayon.
Sateen is a weave from cotton that produces more yarn surface on the face creating an exceptionally soft bed sheet with a smooth, lustrous finish that resembles satin.
Satin is a silky, smooth finish resulting from very thin, high thread count fabric, such as nylon, polyester, and acetate woven or knitted tightly together. When buying satin sheets, look for “woven” materials verses “knit” to get the smoothness desired in this weave.
Microfiber is a tight weave made up of man-made fibers spun into a very fine yarn, which creates an ultra-soft finish and wrinkle resistance. Because of the tight, thick weave, this bedding can be water resistant and allergen proof, depending on the density and tightness of the weave.
Jersey is cotton fibers and materials that are knit versus woven, similar to a tee shirt material, providing stretch, softness, and comfort.
28 in x 52 in (71 cm x 132 cm)
39 in × 75 in (99 cm × 191 cm)
A “single” may be the same size, or a few inches narrower
39 in × 80 in (99 cm × 203 cm)
Full or Double
54 in × 75 in (137 cm × 191 cm)
60 in × 80 in (152 cm × 203 cm)
76 in × 80 in (193 cm × 203 cm)
A king-sized bed may have a king-sized box spring (foundation), or two smaller box-springs (each the size of a Twin XL bed) under a king-sized mattress.
72 in × 84 in (183 cm × 213 cm)
Mattress pads add some level of padding to the mattress, that is not generally waterproof. Mattress protectors are thin, will not change the feel of the mattress, and are waterproof.
If you buy the correct mattress, you won’t need any extra padding on the mattress and you get to use the thin, waterproof mattress protector instead. Waterproof mattress protectors also reduce allergy symptoms by reducing the ability of mold to grow in a mattress.
A mattress protector accomplishes four things:
- Keeps the mattress clean. There are many ways mattresses can become dirty; perspiration, oil from our skins, makeup. We also shed dead skin cells. There are other activities that can produce a “wet spot” on the bed. All of this can soak through your sheets and into the mattress which is almost impossible to get out. A mattress protector acts as a shield to prevent any of that from getting into the mattress.
- Maintains the life of the mattress. Perspiration (or any moisture, like spilling a drink) will wear down the foams in the mattress, shortening the comfort life. After years of every night use, all that moisture adds up. You will need to replace your mattress more quickly without the protector.
- Helps prevent dust mite allergies from acting up. Dust mite allergies are very common and can lead to issues such as sneezing, runny nose, wheezing, and shortness of breath. Dust mites eat dead skin cells, and there will be dead skin cells in your mattress if you do not use a protector.
- Helps protect the warranty. A stain will void any mattress warranty. Even if the stain has nothing to do with the warranty issue, it still voids the warranty. Mattress protectors will hold the spillage so it does not reach your mattress.
Yes, it can be used over the mattress protector.
The mattress protector is designed to be impermeable to liquids but is permeable to gases and vapors. Therefore, if the smell of the urine gets into the mattress, it might penetrate the barrier and permeate the mattress. Use a readily available odor eliminator to solve this problem.
Yes, the mattress protector will protect you against dust mites because it does not allow the dust mite feces to penetrate.
Yes, you can tumble dry your mattress protector at low to medium heat.
Yes, the fabric is starched during production, therefore, washing it will remove the starch and is recommended.
Yes, it is designed to NOT let liquid penetrate through the mattress protector, therefore, it will protect your mattress from getting stained. Because most mattress warranties are voided if the mattress inherits a stain, most sleepers use mattress protectors to prevent voiding a warranty on their mattress.
Pebbletex™ is a trademark design by Dreamtex Home, LLC. Our Pebbletex™ mattress protectors offer a unique, puff-filled mini pillow with soft, plush polyester fiber. These “Pebble” shaped pillow puffs allow air to circulate in and around you for a cool, restful, and rejuvenating night’s sleep.