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Why do you need a mattress topper or mattress protector?

Your complete guide to mattress protectors

Why are mattress protectors important? Well, did you know that we spend around one-third of our lives sleeping? With that much time spent in bed, you’ll want to ensure you’re getting the best night’s sleep possible. This often means investing in a high-quality mattress that will stand the test of time.

After purchasing a brand new mattress, you’ve probably been asked if you’d also like to buy a mattress topper or mattress protector. And you’ve probably asked yourself, “do I really need to buy a mattress topper or protector?” and “what’s the difference anyway?”.

Well, we’re going to break it down to help you figure out if you need a mattress protector or mattress topper for your new bed.

At Sleep Republic, we’re the experts in helping you get a good night’s sleep. We’ve spent over 20 years exploring the science behind what makes the perfect mattress, and we believe we’ve created it.

Mattress toppers

What is a mattress topper used for?

A mattress topper is a thick removable layer placed on top of a mattress to provide comfort and support. They can be used for many different reasons, including making the mattress softer, a quick remedy fix for a sagging mattress and providing extra cushioning. Mattress toppers are typically made from synthetic forms or memory foams, cotton, wool, feathers, or natural latex.

Types of mattress toppers:

  • Cotton and polyester-blend toppers
  • Latex toppers
  • Wool toppers
  • Down and feather toppers
  • Memory foam topper
  • Bamboo cotton toppers

Is a mattress topper better than buying a new mattress?

A mattress is a hefty investment, so wanting to know if buying a mattress topper is a quick fix solution is understandable. Let’s compare your options.

When to buy a mattress topper:

  1. If your mattress is too firm and you want some extra cushioning and support.
  2. Your mattress is relatively new and in good condition.
  3. You’re looking for a cheap way to extend the life of your mattress.

When to buy a new mattress:

  1. You are experiencing multiple problems, and your mattress is over seven years old.
  2. Your mattress is sagging or looking out of shape.
  3. Your mattress causes you severe neck pain, backaches, or joint discomfort.

Depending on the type of problem you’re having with your mattress, you might be able to get away with a cheap fix like buying a mattress topper. But if your mattress is long past its heyday, then it’s probably time to invest in a new mattress or consider other mattress accessories.

Are mattresses toppers washable?

Yes, most mattress toppers are washable, but you’ll need to consider the type of topper you have to figure out how to clean it. The general rule is that wool, cotton and fibre toppers can be machine washed (usually), but it’s always important to follow the care instructions on the topper. However, if you have a foam mattress topper, the material can’t be machine washed and must be handled differently.

How to clean your mattress topper:

Option 1: You can hand wash your mattress topper by first sprinkling it with baking soda. Leave the baking soda to soak for a few hours, and then vacuum your topper.

Option 2: In a spray bottle, mix two parts of water with one part mild detergent. Spray the solution over the mattress topper and blot with a sponge. Let the topper air dry.

How often do you wash a mattress topper?

How often you wash or clean your mattress topper is up to you, but generally, every three months as the season’s change is recommended. However, if you find you’re sweating more in summer, you might want to wash the topper more frequently.

What should people look for when choosing a mattress topper?

  • Look at getting a thick and plump topper.
  • Choose your material wisely, whether wool, cotton, feather or foam.
  • Consider breathability and temperature control.
  • Shop around for prices.

Mattress Protectors

What is a mattress protector?

A mattress protector is a removable bedding sheet that sits on top of and encases your mattress. Different types of mattress protectors include zippers, elastic straps and fitted protectors. Mattress protectors do just that — they protect your mattress. They also protect against allergens and irritants like dust mites, mould, bed bugs, and dead skin.

What’s the difference between a mattress protector and a mattress topper?

Though on the surface mattress protectors and toppers seem to be the same, they actually serve different functions. The design of a mattress topper is primarily for more support and comfort and is used when you’re unhappy with the firmness of your bed.

Mattress protectors, on the other hand, protect the investment that is your mattress. A mattress protector’s design is about keeping the mattress in top-nick condition, including being odour and liquid-resistant, as well as providing comfort with temperature control.

Why do I need a mattress protector?

1. Protect your investment

We don’t need to tell you that mattresses are expensive. So really, a mattress protector is designed to ensure your mattress lasts at least 7 – 10 years as it should. Most mattress protectors are water-resistant, which helps avoid stains and odours, which will likely void a mattress warranty.

2. Improve hygiene and prevent allergies

We spend at least 8 – 10 hours a day in our beds, sometimes even more. So, it’s essential to keep our mattresses clean and hygienic. Critters like bed bugs and silverfish can hide in your mattress, and pathogens that cause allergies can soak into your bed. But a mattress protector provides another layer of defence.

3. Prevent bad odours and stains

Whether you’ve got a bed wetter on your hands or you’re just clumsy with your wine on a Friday night, mattress protectors are your saving grace. Giving your mattress an extra layer of protection is a preventative measure. Instead of having to clean your huge mattress, just chuck your protector in the wash.

4. Improve your sleep all year round

From staying warm to keeping cool, mattress protectors keep you comfortable in all seasons. Sweating a lot in the summer? A mattress protector stops that sweat from reaching and being trapped in your mattress. In the winter, your mattress protector will give you that extra warmth beneath the sheets.

Which mattress protectors are waterproof?

Most mattress protectors are waterproof, and specifically, cotton blends are known to be suitable for water resistance. If you’re looking for a waterproof mattress protector, you’ll want a fabric that absorbs moisture and blocks liquid from passing through to your mattress.

How to choose a mattress protector?

  1. Pick a mattress protector that fits the size of your mattress.
  2. Consider thickness and material as you don’t want to change how your mattress feels.
  3. Get a mattress protector with anti-allergy protection, waterproofing and temperature control.
  4. Consider how you’re going to wash your mattress protector and what’s easiest for you.

A good mattress topper or mattress protector won’t save a bad or old mattress. We’ve spent over two decades testing and formulating the best sleep protection products to ensure you’re getting a good night’s sleep.