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Mattress Protector Buyer’s Guide. 4 Recommended Mattress Covers

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Want to spill-proof, pet-proof or child-proof your new mattress? Well, then you need a mattress protector. But you already knew that, didn’t you? That is, after all, why you are here. And you couldn’t have come to a better place! The Mattress Warehouse has been in the business of protecting mattresses for more than a decade now. So keep reading to find out about different types of mattress protectors and why you need one.

What is a mattress protector and why do you need one?

A mattress protector, or mattress cover, is a piece of additional bedding that fits between the mattress and the fitted sheet. It serves to protect your mattress against fluids and spills, dead skin cells, dust and so on. And the cool thing is that some of these protectors also protects the sleeper against common allergens such as dust mites.

Tip: Keeping fluids out of your mattress will prolong its lifespan.

What is the benefit of a mattress protector?

A mattress cover protects both the mattress and the sleeper. Putting one on your bed will protect your mattress from:

  • Fluids
  • Dust
  • Dead skin cells
  • Human and pet hair

Likewise, some modern mattress protectors protect the sleeper against allergens such as:

  • Dust mites
  • Mold
  • Bed bugs

For a more in-depth discussion on mattress protectors and their benefits, check out this blog post.

What mattress protector should you buy?

You might be wondering if one mattress protector fits all mattress sizes? And the answer is no. However, mattress covers are manufactured to specific sizes. So if you sleep on a kingsize bed, you can get a kingsize cover to protect your mattress. Moreover, you can also get a single bed cover for your growing child’s bed.

But what are mattress protectors made of and which type of material would be best for you? Furthermore, how do these protectors fit on your bed and what are the pros and cons of the different fits? Let’s take a look.

Different types of fabrics used to make mattress covers

Your mattress cover can be made from various fabrics or mixes of those fabrics. The most common types of materials, along with their properties are discussed below:

  1. Cotton: As a natural product, cotton mattress covers are generally hypoallergenic. Moreover, the material is breathable, which means that your temperature will regulate properly while you sleep. Some cotton mattress covers are waterproof.
  2. Wool: Wool is naturally fire-resistant, allergen-repellant and a fantastic insulator. Furthermore, it is also extremely durable. Not only will the wool help you to sleep at the optimal body temperature, but it will also protect you from the elements. Take note, if you have a wool allergy, avoid using a wool mattress protector.
  3. Latex: Latex is mostly used in mattress toppers, which not only protects the mattress but also adds a level of comfort. It is more expensive than a normal mattress protector because it adds that additional, comforting benefit. There are two types of latex – natural and synthetic. Most mattress toppers are made from the synthetic type. Latex has excellent heat conductivity properties. Moreover, it is breathable and durable.
  4. Polyester: A synthetic material that is durable and easy to clean. Cheap polyesters are not always breathable and as such do not allow for proper airflow. However, there are various blends of this fabric that are more adapted to regulating your body temperature.

Styles of mattress covers

There are three styles of mattress covers:

  • Encasement – This style of protector is like a giant envelope for your entire mattress. It is tricky to get your mattress in the encasement, but once it is in there is pretty much nothing that can harm your mattress. It normally requires two people to install and remove. This style provides the most protection.
  • Fitted sheet – Like a fitted sheet, you simply pull the elastic sides over the four corners of your mattress to make the cover sit snugly around the top and four sides of the mattress. It is easy to install and take off for a wash. This style provides good to moderate protection.
  • Elastic Strap – It is similar to a flat sheet. The only difference is that it has elastic straps to keep it in place on the mattress. Only the top of your mattress is protected with the elastic strap style and the mattress cover can move around more easily than with the other types. This style provides the least protection for your mattress.

How do I choose a mattress protector?

Choose a mattress protector that is made from material that is breathable, waterproof and won’t activate your allergies. Furthermore, decide on a style that best suits your bedroom activities. For instance, if you have a growing child that has an accident every now and then, get a mattress cover that can be removed (and washed) with ease, like the fitted sheet or elastic band style. For cases like that, machine washable protectors are ideal.

Tip: Read the washing instructions on the packaging before you decide to buy a specific mattress cover.

The 4 types of mattress protectors we recommend

The Quilted Mattress Protector

Sealy clean-shield quilted mattress protector in its packaging.
The Sealy Cleanshield Quilted Mattress Protector has antibacterial properties
  • Fitted sheet style
  • 5-year warranty
  • Current prices range from R499 to R679

Breathable fibre fabric in a suede finish, machine washable and hypoallergenic. An elegant and simple solution for those who are fans of cotton linen.

Waterproof Mattress Protector

Serta waterproof mattress protector in its packaging.
Even though the Serta Waterproof Mattress Protector is waterproof, it is still breathable for better temperature regulation
  • Fitted sheet style
  • Comes in standard- and XL bed lengths
  • Current prices range from R339 to R509

Made from a mix of natural and synthetic fibres, the Serta Mattress Protector is completely waterproof and hypoallergenic. Moreover, it is also breathable for good temperature regulation.

Bamboo Mattress Protector

Sealy bamboo mattress protector in its packaging.
The Sealy Soft Touch Bamboo Mattress Cover can absorb liquids, keeping your mattress and body dry
  • Fitted sheet style
  • 5-year warranty
  • Current prices range from R469 to R589

Bamboo is a natural anti-allergenic fabric that also has fantastic cooling properties. If you struggle with temperature regulation at night, this fitted sheet style mattress cover is for you.

Premium Deluxe Mattress Protector

Protect-A-Bed Premium Deluxe mattress protector in its packaging.
The Protect-A-Bed Premium Deluxe Mattress Protector can be used with electric blankets
  • Fitted sheet style
  • 5-year warranty
  • Current prices range from R509 to R759

Completely waterproof with moisture-wicking properties. So even if you sweat at night, the Protect-A-Bed mattress protector will absorb the moisture so that you don’t sleep wet. Moreover, it is machine washable and can withstand a tumble in the tumble dryer.

Don’t forget about your pillow!

While you are doing research on protection for your bed, don’t forget… Pillows also need protection. Nosebleeds, drool and sweat can all have adverse effects on your pillow. And even if your mattress is protected, dust mites and other allergens can still breed happily in your pillow. So to put a complete stop to night-time allergies, invest in a pillow protector as well. You can protect your pillow for as little as R99! But if you are looking for the ultimate protection, have a peek at the Sealy and Protect-A-Bed pillow protectors.

Get your mattress protector online at The Mattress Warehouse

Browse our full range of mattress covers and pillow protectors online for all bed and mattress sizes. Or, if you prefer to do it the old fashioned way, visit one of our stores – there is sure to be one near you. And if you are buying a new mattress, you should definitely invest in a mattress protector to be eligible for the 100 day trial period (you get 100 days to test the mattress and if you aren’t happy with it, you can return it and get your money back). Ready, set, protect!

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