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"Break-in period" for latex mattress? 14 Apr 2013 21:50 #1

We just bought a "firm" latex mattress from Gardner Mattress in Newton, MA. It feels much harder than the firm floor model we tested. The store manager says all mattresses have a break-in period, especially latex ones.
Is this true? We have 30 days to decide whether or not to keep it. Another option is to put some kind of foam padding or mattress cover on it(it has nothing on it as yet). Thanks in advance.

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"Break-in period" for latex mattress? 14 Apr 2013 22:44 #2

Phoenix may disagree with me on this one. :P The two latex mattresses I have tried softened up quite a bit, and I am 6' 180lbs. I walked on my second one, also firm, to soften it up initially, and that made a difference. It has continued to soften since then. Here is a link to my conversation with Phoenix:

www.themattressunderground.com/mattress-forum/general-mattresses/12348-second-latex-mattress-gone-soft.html#16756

Hopefully you will love it soon, but if you are light weight you might speed up the process by gently walking on it, or walking on it on your knees, which is what they do to break in display models at my mattress store.

Lew

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"Break-in period" for latex mattress? 14 Apr 2013 23:03 #3

Tremendous advice, Lew. I'm a bit heavier than you(6'1", 200) but I will definitely do some walkin' on the mattress tonight. Good to know there actually is a break-in process and the store manager wasn't feeding me a line.

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"Break-in period" for latex mattress? 14 Apr 2013 23:33 #4

It isn't tremendous advice unless it works! ;) Lew

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"Break-in period" for latex mattress? 15 Apr 2013 14:37 #5

Hi swami,

I think Lew's advice is good.

All new mattresses including latex will go through an initial break in period over the first few weeks as the covers stretch and foams go thorough an initial softening. Once this is done further softening is much slower.

Latex does this as well just less than other foam and over a longer period of time.

It may also be worth reading post #2 here because there could also be other factors involved such as a different foundation vs the one you tested in the store or a mattress protector or mattress pad you may be using over the latex that could also affect the feel of your mattress.

Phoenix
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"Break-in period" for latex mattress? 04 May 2013 09:48 #6

swami, I am curious how the mattress is doing now that you have had it for a few weeks. Lew

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"Break-in period" for latex mattress? 04 May 2013 10:50 #7

Lew wrote: swami, I am curious how the mattress is doing now that you have had it for a few weeks. Lew


Funny you should ask, Lew. A couple of hours ago I called the manager at Gardner Mattress and asked about the procedure for returning the mattress. It has not softened up at all; it's too firm, and it's going back. The only question now is: do we go with a medium latex, or a traditional box-spring model? Staying with latex would make the return much easier, since we could keep the foundation. We only have a 30-day return window, and that expires on May 13th.
If anyone thinks we're doing the wrong thing please let us know!

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"Break-in period" for latex mattress? 04 May 2013 12:05 #8

Damn, My mattresses went real soft and yours won't soften at all :( Maybe we should trade and I could soften yours up, as my wife and seem to have a special touch for softening latex... It is a conundrum for me. Can you find out who the latex supplier for your mattress is? I would be curious. Lew

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"Break-in period" for latex mattress? 04 May 2013 14:17 #9

Hi swami,

If anyone thinks we're doing the wrong thing please let us know!


Most of the initial break in period of a mattress as well as most of your initial adjustment period to a new sleeping surface will have happened in the first 30 days or so in most cases so I would be doing the same thing as you (looking for a comfort adjustment or exchange).

The key is to decide if your comfort layers are too firm and you are looking for softer/thicker comfort layers or whether the support of the mattress is too firm. The first will typically produce pressure point symptoms (numbness, tingling, discomfort in the area where your body makes the firmest contact with the mattress like your hips and shoulders) and the second will generally produce symptoms that are more related to alignment (such as lower back pain or discomfort).

It sounds to me like the issue you are facing is pressure relief on a firm sleeping surface in which case it may be a good idea to consider a mattress that has softer or thicker comfort layers. I would also make sure that you spend some time testing any mattress you are considering exchanging for along the lines of the testing guidelines in post #1 here .

I would treat the choice between different types of mattresses which use different types of support components (such as latex, polyfoam, or an innerspring) or different types of comfort layers (such as latex or polyfoam or memory foam etc) as a personal preference issue and decide on the style of mattress based on PPP (Pressure relief, Posture and alignment, and Personal preferences) and your " personal value equation " rather than thinking of one type of mattress as being "better" than another. I would also make sure that no matter what type of mattress you find is best for you that it has high quality comfort layers because this is the "weak link" of most mattresses and the part of a mattress that will soften or degrade most quickly over time. Of course latex is a very high quality and durable material and comes in a wide range of firmness levels and can be used on top of any type of support component (including latex or innersprings).

Other than making a choice that is "just right" ... it's generally "safer" to choose a mattress that is a little firmer in the comfort layers rather than too soft because you can also add a softer topper to a mattress that will improve the pressure relief of the mattress but it's much more difficult to "fix" a mattress that is too soft because the best solution would involve removing or exchanging layers from the mattress.

Phoenix
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"Break-in period" for latex mattress? 05 May 2013 12:35 #10

Let me back up a bit. We got the mattress 3 weeks ago. The first night we tried it, it felt firmer than what we had tried in the store. Starting with the second night, we placed an old 3" foam topper on it, which obviously softened it quite a bit--too much for my taste. We kept the topper on until last night, when we decided to try it a few more night before deciding to keep or return. It is still firmer than I'd like but it did seem a bit softer than the first time(perhaps the breakin period is progressing). And I'll say this--there have been two days in the past 3 weeks in which I've gotten out of bed without a sore back: the first night of the new mattress and last night...the two nights we went without a topper.
Bottom line is this: I think I can live with it, as long as it softens a bit more. My wife isn't sure she can live with it, however. Is it feasible to get a smaller topper(for a single bed) and use it on her side of the mattress? Sounds weird, but if it's doable it would save us a lot of trouble returning this one. Thanks in advance.

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