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Mattress and Pillow Protectors Revisited

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14 Jul 2013 05:30 - 14 Jul 2013 14:47 #1 by BobP
I’m definitely going to need a new mattress protector for my new latex mattress. Thanks Phoenix, it helps to use the right search word to get the best search results. Phoenix again has done most of the legwork. Post #89 and Post #14

I’m leaning towards the cheaper cotton terry surface polyurethane membrane type protectors. If this does not work out I may move up to one of the wool protectors, i.e., St. Dormeir $160. queen shipped.
Does the St. Dormeir change the feel of the mattress? How does it stand up to multiple machine washings?

The cotton Cozypure is another option. It appears to be a thicker than the others, more like a pad. $171. queen shipped.

Amazon has the best prices on the membrane style protectors for TN, higher in states where they collect sales tax, free shipping on orders of $25.00 or more. Having Amazon Prime also helps with free shipping if the item is <$25. If you have a Discover card you can also use your Discover cashback to reduce the cost. Amazon's prices jump around quite a bit. Here's a neat little price history tool you can use with Amazon and Chrome, Firefox, and Safari. The Camelizer

Most of these have a polyurethane membrane and a cotton terry surface.

Queen Sizes
Luna Premium $39.95 shipped, made in USA, 10 yr. warranty; vinyl, pvc and phthalate free

Sleep Tite $33.99 shipped, vinyl, pvc and phthalate free, cotton terry surface with pu membrane 15 yr warranty

LinenSpa $23.95, cotton terry surface with pu membrane,15 yr warranty

Protect-a-Bed $49.99 shipped, cotton terry surface with pu membrane,10 yr. warranty

BedGuard Ultimate $34.99 shipped, cotton terry surface with pu membrane, 20 yr warranty. Amazon has this listed as the BedCare by National Allergy Mattress Protector but the picture is the BedGuard Ultimate. I’m almost certain it’s the BedGuard protector.

SafeRest Classic $24.95; ultra thin polyester cover with pu membrane, 3 yr warranty

SafeRest Premium $29.95 shipped, cotton terry cover with pu membrane, 10 year warranty

Hard to choose between them since they all have their fair share of 1 star reviews. The main complaints are not waterproof, not waterproof after washing, sleeps hot, crunchy, off-gassing from the polyurethane membrane, and membrane permanently stuck to itself after drying.

We also need some new pillow protectors for our latex pillows. Here’s a few from Amazon.

Standard Sizes

Guardmax $10.99/2, polyester with PU backing

SafeGuard Premium $12.95/1, cotton terry surface with PU backing, 10 yr warranty

Protect-a-Bed $25.99/2, polyester with PU backing, 5 yr. warranty, good reviews.

Aller-Ease $11.46/2, polyester with PU backing

Luna Premium $12.95/1, cotton terry cover with PU backing, 10 yr. warranty

Sleep Tite $16.99/2, cotton terry cover with PU backing, 15 yr warranty

Here’s a bit of trivia.
I never gave this much thought until I started looking at waterproof mattress and pillow protectors. How much water does the average person lose when we sleep? So I Googled it and here’s some of the info I found.
www.livestrong.com/article/402138-how-mu...u-lose-during-sleep/
www.straightdope.com/columns/read/2977/d...-a-liter-every-night

To sum it up, depending on how hot and humid you keep your bedroom, how thick you layer your blankets, type of nightwear, your mattress, and how many hours you sleep you might lose as much as 1/2 lb. sweating at night. One gallon (128 oz) of water at room temp weighs ~8.34 lbs. So 1/2 lb is ~7.8 oz of water, or ~231 ml. Add this to water lost during respiration, and you get an average total water loss of 1.5 to 2.0 lbs. each night. If you get up to use the bathroom during the middle of the night, add more fluid loss to your total. It surprised me that we lose that much water just breathing.

But everyone is different, and then there’s night sweats. My wife has been having hot flashes for 10 years. I had my gall bladder removed 2 weeks ago. Most of my gall bladder attacks would happen in the middle of the night. I would be drenched in sweat. If you are having night sweats here’s a good site for info. www.sweathelp.org/en/
Last edit: 14 Jul 2013 14:47 by BobP.

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14 Jul 2013 14:20 - 14 Jul 2013 14:25 #2 by Phoenix
Hi bobP,

Thanks for some great links.

The Camelizer sounds really interesting but unfortunately it isn't compatible with Firefox 22 yet so hopefully they will update it. I was looking forward to giving it a try.

Here’s a bit of trivia.
I never gave this much thought until I started looking at waterproof mattress and pillow protectors. How much water does the average person lose when we sleep? So I Googled it and here’s some of the info I found.
www.livestrong.com/article/402138-how-mu...u-lose-during-sleep/
www.straightdope.com/columns/read/2977/d...-a-liter-every-night

To sum it up, depending on how hot and humid you keep your bedroom, how thick you layer your blankets, type of nightwear, your mattress, and how many hours you sleep you might lose as much as 1/2 lb. sweating at night. One gallon (128 oz) of water at room temp weighs ~8.34 lbs. So 1/2 lb is ~7.8 oz of water, or ~231 ml. Add this to water lost during respiration, and you get an average total water loss of 1.5 to 2.0 lbs. each night. If you get up to use the bathroom during the middle of the night, add more fluid loss to your total. It surprised me that we lose that much water just breathing.


This agrees with some of the most authoritative information I've read as well ( see here ) which actually developed some testing equipment to measure moisture loss in different conditions and came up with an amount of between 200 - 300 ml per night. This is not actually perspiration but just normal loss of moisture. Any perspiration would add to these totals. They found that 1/3 of this was emitted through respiration and the remaining 2/3 was transmitted through the body surface. Of this 2/3 ... they found that 75% was typically absorbed by the bedding and 25% was absorbed by the mattress although this of course would depend on the type of bedding and mattress protector. They also suggested that after about 20 minutes of sleep the relative humidity levels against the body stabilizes and shouldn't exceed 65% and that both moisture and humidity transport and absorption in the upper mattress layers are the key to transporting humidity and the heat it carries to the environment.

I’m leaning towards the cheaper cotton terry surface polyurethane membrane type protectors. If this does not work out I may move up to one of the wool protectors, i.e., St. Dormeir $160. queen shipped.
Does the St. Dormeir change the feel of the mattress? How does it stand up to multiple machine washings?


For most people these seem to work out fine. Several of them are more stretchy than others (on the surface rather than the skirt) and have less risk of creating a "drum effect" on the mattress. Some of the stretch knit versions are also polyester and I have talked to people that have had some issues with these in terms of temperature regulation so like you I would also focus on natural fibers or rayon fibers if sleeping temperature is an issue although all of the membrane type have a greater tendency to increase temperature than other protectors that allow for more airflow.

The St Dormeir will change the feel slightly (more on softer layers than firmer layers) but it is quite stretchy so this would be less than other types of wool protectors that are either thicker or less stretchy. I don't think it would be an issue for most people unless they were very sensitive to a slight change in "feel". It is also very durable and if you follow their care instructions it should last for many years. These are consistently among the highest rated mattress protectors by people I know and talk to that specialize in bedding and focus on the highest quality products.

I added a link to your post in the mattress protector post as well so people can find the results of your research.

Thanks again for adding some great links and information :)

Phoenix

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Last edit: 14 Jul 2013 14:25 by Phoenix.

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14 Jul 2013 20:52 #3 by cviz
What about mattress protection for memory foam mattresses? I'm assuming something that is more breathable over something that is waterproof would be better. Is this correct? However, waterproof is desirable, in those occasions when you may accidentally spill something on the mattress. Is there a happy medium in that regard?

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14 Jul 2013 23:08 #4 by Phoenix
Hi cviz,

The same tradeoffs would apply for a memory foam mattress that they would for any other type of mattress (see post #89 here ).

For most people the thin "membrane" type of protector would be a good tradeoff for those who want something waterproof but has little effect on the feel of the mattress and don't mind that it may increase sleeping temperature for some people because it is less breathable. For those where a water resistant (vs waterproof) protector is OK then a wool protector can help with sleeping temperature but may have more effect on the response of the memory foam. For those who don't need waterproof or water resistant and only need something that can absorb moisture and body oils and small spills and is highly breathable and feels like a stretchy sheet with little effect on the mattress then a stretch cotton protector would make a good choice.

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15 Jul 2013 04:24 - 15 Jul 2013 04:35 #5 by BobP
I went with the cheapest cotton terry surface mattress protector, the LinenSpa for $23.95. How much difference can there be between this one and the $49.95 Protect-a-Bed. If I do not like it I'm not out that much cash. Not sure if this would be a good deciding factor on which to purchase, but the Protect-a-Bed had 24% 1 star reviews and the LinenSpa 9%. Most of the bad reviews were for not being 100% waterproof with children. I'm getting up there in age, just went on medicare, but I can still hold my water at night.

I also ordered the Aller-Ease $11.46/2, polyester with PU backing, pillow protectors. I have had pillow protectors with the polyester surface and the cotton terry surface and prefer the polyester surface. The biggest problem I have had with pillow protectors is the zippers breaking.

Some complaints were for the polyurethane membrane sticking to itself after drying. I think these reviewers did not read the washing instructions which state to wash in cold or warm water and to dry on low heat or just tumble dry.

I will post a review of these products after I have used and washed them.
Last edit: 15 Jul 2013 04:35 by BobP.

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15 Jul 2013 13:19 #6 by Phoenix
Hi BobP,

Some complaints were for the polyurethane membrane sticking to itself after drying. I think these reviewers did not read the washing instructions which state to wash in cold or warm water and to dry on low heat or just tumble dry.


I have the same sense as you do.

I will post a review of these products after I have used and washed them.


That would be great ... thanks :)

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25 Oct 2019 19:29 - 25 Oct 2019 19:52 #7 by Cosimo
I’ve been reading all the posts here regarding mattress protectors and pads, but am running into some confusion trying to determine actual fiber content by visiting manufacturer sites. Some sites only provide info on the fabric for the top layer and not the sides; where fiber content for the side/skirt is provided, it seems that it is often polyester.

I am looking for a thin mattress protector made of 100% natural fiber (e.g., cotton/wool) that does not contain polyester on the sides. It doesn’t have to be waterproof, just water resistant.

I’d appreciate suggestions from other members who have found/used something fitting the bill. I’ve considered the St. Dormeir, but, have read conflicting information that the sides are sometimes polyester and sometimes cotton. I wouldn’t mind using a wool “puddle pad” but do not want to significantly change the feel of the mattress — all the ones I’ve seen online are 1/4” thick which seems like it would definitely affect the feel more than a thinner fabric protector.

Any feedback from members on these or other products? Pros and Cons would be great.

Thanks!
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27 Oct 2019 15:00 #8 by Sensei
Hey Cosimo,

Welcome to our Mattress Forum ! Thanks for your question :) .

I am looking for a thin mattress protector made of 100% natural fiber (e.g., cotton/wool) that does not contain polyester on the sides. It doesn’t have to be waterproof, just water resistant.


I’ve considered the St. Dormeir, but, have read conflicting information that the sides are sometimes polyester and sometimes cotton. I wouldn’t mind using a wool “puddle pad” but do not want to significantly change the feel of the mattress — all the ones I’ve seen online are 1/4” thick which seems like it would definitely affect the feel more than a thinner fabric protector.


Phoenix had some great insights regarding "natural materials" mattress protectors in a previous post topic, Requesting mattress help in south florida post #89 , a good starting point for those with questions similar to yours.

As far as St. Dormeir's mattress protectors, according to their web site the materials used are all natural: "St Dormeir mattress protectors are made by quilting high quality virgin wool between two layers of special, chemical free cotton. This cotton is woven in a jersey knit and is used as the skirt that goes around the sides of the protector. It has an elastic band around the bottom edge for a secure fit." I don't have a personal preference, but you may want to consider one of our Trusted Members' mattress protecters as well. Besides your preference for all natural fibers, what size are you looking?

Thanks,
Sensei

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28 Oct 2019 09:55 - 28 Oct 2019 14:48 #9 by Cosimo
Thanks for finding out the info on the St. Dormeir! Much appreciated. Thank you, too, for referring me back to post #89 -- I had read that but didn't add some of those vendors to my "list" to check out.

Also a great idea to see whether some of the TMU members carry natural fiber mattress protectors -- I'll take a look!

I need a protector for a full-size bed.

I have tried the Safe-Rest Premium and the Slumbershield Terry Top -- both are nice protectors with thin cotton terry tops and a panel for moisture-proofing, but both also have polyester sides/skirt. Due to an autoimmune condition, contact with synthetic fibers results in a rash -- even when I'm only close to them, as with the side panels on the mattress protector. Hence my search for something completely natural.
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01 Nov 2019 15:19 #10 by Sensei
Hey Cosimo,

Thanks for the kind words on the post answer topic Mattress and Pillow Protectors Revisited :) . Ok, so you are searching for a mattress protector for a full-sized bed, 100% natural fibers containing no polyester on the sides and water resistant.

Due to an autoimmune condition, contact with synthetic fibers results in a rash -- even when I'm only close to them, as with the side panels on the mattress protector. Hence my search for something completely natural.


Just curious, with your bedding materials, i.e. sheets, pillow cases, blankets, which natural fibers do you prefer?

Also a great idea to see whether some of the TMU members carry natural fiber mattress protectors -- I'll take a look!


Have you had a chance to research any of our Trusted Members' mattress protectors? Was wondering what you may have found and what you may be leaning towards. I'll take a look too and see what sorts of combined comparisons we can formulate, this would be useful information for other TMU consumer members. Will check back in on this soon…

Cheers,
Sensei

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