Mattress Protectors & Toppers

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You may not realize it, but it's important to protect your mattress so that it lasts longer. Indeed, many factors can damage it over time, such as rubbing, perspiration and various liquids, and dust mites.

To prevent this and preserve your mattress for longer, you can invest in accessories such as undersheets or mattress protectors.

Choosing the best mattress protection

Both types of bedding accessories have the same main purpose: to protect your mattress so you can keep it longer.

The mattress protector is generally made from a thicker fabric than the undersheet, but both come in shapes that fit your mattress perfectly. Both have a tray and four elastic bands to attach them to the mattress.

The major difference lies in the use to which they are put: while the thinner undersheet is primarily designed to retain liquids (perspiration, urinary incontinence), the mattress protector has been designed to make the mattress even more comfortable and, above all, to combat allergies.

Sheet and mattress protector with different virtues

Although both were originally created and designed for different uses, today you can find mattress covers and protectors that guarantee both waterproofing and protection against dust mites.

Choosing a waterproof mattress protector means you can protect your mattress more effectively, and keep it longer. Perspiration can alter the fibers of your mattress, even turning them yellow, and a waterproof mattress protector will prevent this damage. Choosing a fabric that has been treated to combat dust mites can guarantee a more serene and healthier night's sleep, as it is hypoallergenic and antibacterial. They are ideal for sensitive people prone to many allergies.

A variety of materials

When it comes to the material you want your mattress protector to be made from, it's above all a matter of taste and preference. There are many different materials to choose from, each with its own advantages.

If you're a fan of distinctive materials, look out for mattress pads or protectors made from cotton, bamboo or wool. Cotton is an extremely comfortable fabric for a soft night's sleep, while wool provides warmth. Bamboo is a highly absorbent material (up to 5 times more absorbent than cotton), with hypoallergenic and antibacterial properties.

Sometimes referred to as plant silk, it is very breathable and hard-wearing.

Other materials are also available, including polyester, viscose, jersey and PVC.

Washable or disposable underpads?

Protective covers are designed to keep your mattress in perfect condition. More than just a fabric, covers and undersheets come in waterproof versions to stop any stains before they damage the mattress. Designed as barriers against dust mites, some covers are specially recommended for allergy sufferers. The choice of cover or undersheet is a key factor in combating allergies. Avoid rugs and carpets, heavy curtains and overheated rooms to slow the development of dust mites. A mattress cover is easier to clean than the mattress itself.
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