Is a mattress protector really necessary? And how is it different from a bed sheet? Here’s why it deserves a spot on your shopping list.
The Benefits of Owning a Mattress Protector
1. Keeps Your Mattress Good as New
A mattress protector is a non-negotiable layer of protection for your mattress.
Unlike bed sheets, mattress protectors are made with special fabrics and materials that may help keep your mattress cool and help them wick away moisture.
While luxury mattresses nowadays have features that keep your beds cool and hygienic, other factors could speed up the wear and tear of your mattress.
Though mattresses typically have a lifespan of around 10 years, accidents can shorten the life of your investment.
This may include sweat, spills from food or drinks, or allergens sneaking their way into your home.
Pocket spring mattresses like those from Serta promote airflow between the layers. However, your mattress could also do with added protection from the top layer.
With top-to-bottom protection, you could have a hygienic and sanitary bed that’s fully optimized to provide you with cool, refreshing, and undisturbed slumber.
2. Prevents Stains
A mattress protector can keep unsightly stains off your bed.
As good as breakfast in bed sounds, be wary of coffee on the bed.
Most protectors are waterproof or water-repellent. They can prevent fluids such as sweat, wine, soda, or water from seeping through and latching onto your mattress.
With a mattress protector, you can easily wash it and keep your mattress clean and fresh.
3. Reduce Allergens
Don’t let the bed bugs bite!
Bed bugs and dust mites find a home in damp and humid environments. And an unprotected mattress may prove to be an excellent rent-free breeding ground.
Regularly washing your mattress protector may help prevent potential allergens like dust mites or bed bugs.
4. Guards against Viruses and Bacteria
A dangerous combination of dead skin cells, spilled food and beverages, or bodily fluids could breed the perfect home for:
- bed bugs
- dust mites
Fortunately, many mattress protectors in the market are designed to reduce viral and bacterial activity by providing your bed with a protective barrier.
And to rid your master bedroom of microbes and viruses, simply wash your mattress protector.
The Serta ViroSafe mattress protector is designed to reduce viral and bacterial activity by as much as 99%.
5. Keeps Your Mattress Fresh and Odor-Free
Unfortunately, you aren’t the only thing that gets into bed every night.
As you lay between the sheets, you bring in with your dirt, dead skin cells, and other odor-causing microbes. And dust mites, which feed on dead skin cells, might also be a culprit for a smelly bed.
Because your protector prevents bacteria from migrating between your sheets, your bed is also safe from mold, mildew, and bad odors.
To keep your bed smelling clean and cottony fresh, wash your protector along with your sheets every week.
And if you’re prone to allergies, washing your protector regularly can help keep allergens away from your bed.
6. Adds a Comfort Layer
Mattress protectors come in different fabrics and quilted patterns.
Choose a fluffy, quilted one if you want an extra plush surface. Do you sleep hot? You can find a protector with a towel-like, waterproof material.
With the growing popularity of mattress protectors, you’ll find many that serve a dual purpose—comfort and security. And isn’t that what we need in our master bedroom?
7. A Mattress Protector May Secure Your Warranty
One of the best features of your luxury mattress is the long warranty period. However, the juice or wine stain over your mattress may render your warranty null.
Most manufacturers do not accept mattresses with stains or discoloration.
You’ve paid a hefty price tag for your mattress. It only makes sense to protect your investment and secure the warranty by shelling out a bit more for a mattress protector.
How Often Should I Wash My Mattress Protector?
Wash your sheets and mattress protector every two weeks. This may help prevent bacterial activity, remove animal dander and other allergens from your bed, and keep your mattress sanitary.
However, if you have a pet or are highly prone to allergies, we recommend washing your protector every week.
Consider rotating between two mattress protectors so that your bed will never be without one. While the other one is in the laundry, you still have one you can use.
A Mattress Protector Is a Comprehensive Bedroom Insurance Plan
The price of your mattress could cost upward of 50,000 pesos. And such an investment would require a protection plan.
However, not only does it guarantee and help prolong the lifespan of your mattress, but it also keeps you healthy by providing a clean and hygienic sleeping environment.
Ideally, you would only need to replace your mattress when you notice sagging or hear the creaking of fatigued spring coils. But unfortunately, allowing moisture, bacteria, and molds to seep through the layers of your mattress could shorten its useful life.
Purchasing a mattress protector is the second most sensible investment you can make in your master bedroom.
And while we’re on the topic of mattress protectors, don’t forget pillow protectors.
Are you sold on mattress protectors? Do you think it’s essential or optional? Share your thoughts with us in the comments section below! We’d love to hear from you.