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Is Your Mattress Protected?

Posted by Lauren Juarez on

Is Your Mattress Protected?

Congratulations! You’ve just bought a new mattress! Not only did you get the mattress, but you got a box spring and a frame too! And I bet you can’t wait to get home and set it up with those fancy Egyptian cotton sheets you bought, and those large, cushy pillows. Ooh! And maybe even a decorative throw to drape across the bottom for added oomph. All of that so that your first experience on your new bed is something to remember. Surely, you’ve got everything you need, right? Wrong! What about protecting that brand-new mattress? Exactly! Most people don’t even think about a mattress protector, probably because they don’t understand the benefits of one. Well, ladies and gents, that’s what I’m here for!

The two most important reasons for a mattress protector are: One, it protects your mattress from dirt and stains (which protects your warranty and your investment). And, two, it prevents microbes, dust mites, and other potential allergens (health benefits galore!). Of course, there are more benefits than just these two, but let’s delve into these two first, shall we?            


Imagine this: You’ve just hauled your new mattress, box spring, etc. up the stairs and down the hallway to your master bedroom; you’ve set up the frame and situated the box spring; settled the mattress on it, and then… Your precious Fido comes barreling into the room and jumps onto the bed because he’s decided that he just needs to mark his territory. Oh! And your son, who just learned how to write his name, decides to practice his penmanship on your new bed… And now, your warranty is null and void. If only you had a mattress protector… A good mattress is an investment so that warranty is invaluable; most manufacturers even ask for a copy of your receipt from your bed purchase to ensure that a mattress protector was purchased at the same time as the mattress; this can greaten your chances of the manufacturer honoring the warranty agreement if there is, in fact, a manufacturer’s defect. Don’t just choose just any mattress protector either, to get the most out of it, you’ll want to ensure that the protector is waterproof and machine washable too.

On to the second most important reason to protect your mattress, your health! What you may not know, is that mattresses are a breeding ground for all kinds of yuck, like dust mites and microbes, along with other allergens. So, if you’re a sufferer of asthma, or allergies of any kind, protecting your mattress is a no-brainer. Simply put, protecting your mattress helps protect you. If protecting your warranty and your health aren’t reasons enough to protect your mattress, then read on to discover more rationale.

Did you know that the average person loses 60-100 hairs a day? Kind of gross, when you think about it… Hair is a non-essential tissue and is very sensitive to any stress placed on the body. A stomach bug, high fever, or a particularly stressful month at work can cause excessive shedding of your bodily hair. And guess where most of that hair ends up. Yep, on, and eventually in, your mattress. Yuck! Speaking of hair… About a third of pets sleep with their owners. So, if you’re sharing your bed with Fido then he’s just adding to the collection of hair in your mattress.

Not only do we, and Fido, shed oodles of hair, but our skin also sheds. Not an imperceptible amount either; instead. the average person sheds 40,000 skin cells a minute! Doing the math here, 40,000 (per minute) x 60 (minutes per hour) = 2,400,000 of skin cells per hour. Now take that 2,400,000 and multiply it by 24 (hours in a day) which equals 57,600,000 per day. So, if the average person is spending 1/3 of their life in bed, then about 19,200,000 skin cells end up on and in your mattress per night. (Are you freaking out yet?)

At the risk of getting too personal, here’s another fact to consider: Most humans (on average, of course) reproduce in bed. Well, guess what? Those pesky dust mites do too. (Gross!) Dust mites are smaller than a grain of sand so you won’t be able to see them, but I can assure you that they’re there. Approximately 10% of the world’s population, and about 80% of allergy sufferers, are allergic to the proteins found in the waste and decomposed body parts of dust mites. Dust mites thrive in humid, warm and plush environments, and your bed is ideal for these suckers; they love to burrow into the fabric of your mattress and they feast on those skin cells you’re shedding. Ready to guess what happens after that? Those full-bellied dust mites then add weight to your mattress; they can literally double the weight of your mattress over the course of 10 years! (Pretty cringe-worthy, right?) One more reason why you should purchase a mattress protector: an average adult sweats up to 4 gallons of perspiration while sleeping. Apart from these, protecting your mattress lengthens its life ensuring that you get the most out of your investment.

Believe me, whatever the reason, it’s in your best interest to protect your mattress. Now that you’re equipped with the right information, do some research on your choices of mattress protectors, and ensure that you save loads of money by shopping at your local Mattress By Appointment®!