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Recommendations for wool fleece mattress pads?

19 Nov 2013 16:44 #11 by buttercupbetty

Thank you! I am also planning to be in the Olympia area next month. Maybe I'll be able to visit their showroom (Holy Lamb).

For now, we are investigating whether or not I am having an allergic reaction to our latex mattress. So I think I'll hold off on any additional purchases until I sort this out.

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22 Nov 2013 23:04 #12 by DahliaM
@buttercupbetty - I sure hope you're not allergic to latex!

I think the fleece pad sold by Cuddledown might be the same as the SnugFleece. At least, SnugFleece supplies to Cuddledown. And they both are treated with antimicrobial stuff. Thanks SallyS for pointing that out. I'm not sure why pure wool would have to be treated in this way, as wool naturally resists bacteria.

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23 Nov 2013 07:49 #13 by buttercupbetty
Hi DahliaM,

Yes, I hope that my latex allergy panel comes back negative! I think that Phoenix has a compelling point when he says that it's unlikely, since I didn't react to the natural dunlop samples.

All wool fleece is treated with antimicrobials? That sounds unappealing! Does anyone know what these chemicals are? I wonder if the recipe is a "trade secret"???

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23 Nov 2013 12:54 #14 by DahliaM
Hi buttercupbetty,

No, I didn't mean all wool fleece is treated with antimicrobials. Sorry for the confusion. None of the Holy Lamb wool is treated with any chemicals, but the Cuddledown and SnugFleece are treated. I have no idea what these chemicals are, but the SnugFleece website says that "SnugFleece wool is sanitized with Ultra-Fresh to prevent the growth of microorganisms. It is locked in the fibers during wool blending to withstand dry cleaning and washing, and will last the life of the product."

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04 May 2018 05:19 - 04 May 2018 05:25 #15 by kproth
I am looking for a recommendation on something to soften the surface feel of a latex topper.

I have a relatively firm inner-spring mattress (from The Original Mattress Factory), which I bought with the intention of adding additional topper material that can be changed out after a few years without buying a whole new mattress.

Have tried a few different foam toppers and landed on a 2" soft Dunlop Latex topper. From a support perspective it works well, but I'm finding that the surface feel is not quite ideal - it's too uniformly flat I think, and not quite soft enough. I also find, on a cooler night, that it stays a little too cool.

I have tried a couple of things on top of the earlier foam options that I know I don't like. I tried the "stretchy" waterproof protector that the mattress store sold us, but it doesn't breathe (duh) so it affects sleeping temperature too much. I tried a hotel style fiber fill mattress pad (1/2" or so thick), but it doesn't stretch at all, so it mostly eliminates the benefit of the foam top -- my heavier parts still sink down somewhat, but the adjacent areas (where my arms need to lay) become very hard.

I tried ordering the Sleep & Beyond MyMerino wool topper. But when it arrived, I reached in and found that the fabric it's quilted into is firm and not stretchy at all. I will probably just return it, but does anyone know if the added thickness of the wool layer will cushion enough more than the fiber-fill pad that it might add the softness I'm looking for? I'm skeptical...

I don't want to buy "one of everything" just to see what works, so am looking for an expert suggestion of what to try next. Here's what else I'm considering :: would appreciate any thoughts you may have.

Wool Fleece Pile products seem appealing - Holy Lamb, SnugFleece, etc. But if the backing isn't stretchy, I'm worried that it will have the same problem as the fiber fill pad I tried. Does the wool layer make up for that? There's also a thinner pile made-in-china version of these that I can get at e.g. bed bath and beyond for a lot less money; any thoughts on whether the thinner variety might be enough added softness?

The CozyPure stretch knit cotton protectors sound interesting, but is there enough thickness to soften the surface feel of the latex?

I am aware of the St. Dormier wool pad, and the cotton jersey material sounds nice, but I've seen comments on this forum that it might not be very stretchy. I don't want to lose the spongy feel of the latex topper...

In my mind, I think maybe something like a few layers of fleece fabric (i.e. a fleece blanket, not a sheepskin wool fleece) might feel good, but I can't find anything like that online. Does something like this exist in product form?
Last edit: 04 May 2018 05:25 by kproth.

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05 May 2018 06:01 #16 by magpie
I can attest that the St. Dormeir is very stretchy. I have them on all our beds and love them.

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05 May 2018 09:17 #17 by Clawdia
I have the CozyPure stretch knit cotton mattress protector and did not find that it softened the feel of the mattress at all. I had bought an all Dunlop soft mattress, but found it too firm. I ended up adding a 3" ultra-soft (14 ILD) Talalay topper - the feel of the Talalay topper made a remarkable difference for me, and taught me that I don't like Dunlop for a comfort layer. I'm sure my solution wouldn't work for other people - but for me, it's great.

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05 May 2018 11:26 #18 by kproth
Thank you magpie. Do the St. Dormeir pads have any thickness to speak of? Someone said it's 1/4" thick, which seems pretty thin. Is the cotton jersey material on top and bottom; and is there much wool quilted in between?

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05 May 2018 11:29 #19 by kproth
Thank you Clawdia. I am also considering adding a 1" Talalay topper on top of the dunlop. I'm assuming I don't want to just return my 2" dunlop and replace it with ultra-soft talalay, for fear that I'll sink all the way through it... Do you find that to be the case with your 3" talalay?

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05 May 2018 11:33 #20 by Clawdia
No, I don't feel like I sink all the way through it (altho I might do so - I just don't perceive it that way). For me, it's just perfect, although I know that for many people it would be too soft. I'm 5'3" and about 150 pounds, and a side-sleeper. The soft Dunlop mattress I bought seemed to cause hip and shoulder pain, which resolved after I added the soft Talalay topper. Everyone is different, but for me the difference in the feel of Dunlop vs. Talalay seemed to be the key to my comfort.

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