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"Break-in period" for latex mattress? 05 May 2013 13:40 #11

Hi swami,

the topper you were using would slow down the break in period of the mattress because it will absorb much of the compression forces that come from sleeping on it and "shield" the layers below it to some degree. It may also affect your own adjustment period because you would be adjusting to a different sleeping surface than just your mattress and then if you remove the topper you may need to adjust to a new surface once again.

You may also consider carefully crawling or walking on the mattress evenly on the surface to help with any breaking in period.

If you do decide to add a thin topper (which can be a good idea if you are comfortable with the side to side height difference) ... post #2 here and the post it links to has some topper guidelines including a link to some of the better topper or component sources I'm aware of.

Phoenix
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"Break-in period" for latex mattress? 07 May 2013 12:20 #12

You might contact Gardner mattress about extending the return time. If they know you are trying to break the mattress in and make it work for you they should be happy to give you more time. Sounds like you didn't take my "tremendous advice." :P Lew

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"Break-in period" for latex mattress? 07 May 2013 12:36 #13

I'm going there tomorrow, Lew, to discuss exchanging the mattress. Naturally, the more I sleep on it the better it feels. So who knows--we may end up keeping it. You think Gardner would extend the break-in period?

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"Break-in period" for latex mattress? 07 May 2013 14:55 #14

I worked in high service retail sales for years and I was always willing to bend the rules to work with people. If I thought that a little longer trial would avoid an exchange I would actually encourage it. Many of the products I sold, especially speakers, had a break in period and we always wanted to make sure customer got the speakers broken in before they returned or exchanged.

As the mattress seems to be breaking in now that you have the topper off, I would call Gardner to see if they will work with you. Then try kneading it with your knees to hurry the break in. Lew

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"Break-in period" for latex mattress? 09 May 2013 19:27 #15

How did the meeting with Gardner go, and is the mattress softening up now? Lew

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"Break-in period" for latex mattress? 09 May 2013 20:34 #16

Went well. The manager gave us an extra two weeks to see how it goes. While there, I tested the firm and medium display models (latex) again. The "firm" again felt softer than ours...which gives me hope that ours will soften to that level.
As it is, ours is SLOWLY softening. I'm beginning to really like it, and my wife is heading in that direction too. If I had to guess, I'd say we'll probably keep this one or--at the most--exchange it for the medium model.

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"Break-in period" for latex mattress? 10 May 2013 11:41 #17

Hang in there Swami and I bet the mattress will be great in a few more weeks. Lew

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