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What is a Mattress Protector?

Looking for the best mattress protector, or maybe just trying to figure out if you even need one to begin with? You’ve come to the right place. 

What is a mattress protector? How do you choose one? And how do you clean a mattress protector?

So many questions but don’t worry–we have the answers. Keep reading to learn all about mattress protectors!

What is a mattress protector?

A mattress protector is a barrier between you and your mattress that helps protect it from spills, stains, odors, sweat, dirt and dust. Typically it is placed over your mattress similarly to a fitted sheet so that it sits snug over your mattress.

Mattress protectors are available in different sizes, materials, and price points.

What is a mattress allergy encasement?

A mattress allergy encasement zips around the entire mattress, whereas a mattress pad only goes over the top of the mattress and a standard mattress protector goes over the top and sides. If you want the entire mattress to be encased, and you are concerned with dust mites, bed bugs, and allergens, then this zippered mattress protector may be the best choice.

Is a mattress pad and a mattress protector the same thing?

No, a mattress pad is different from a mattress protector. A mattress protector is simply meant to protect your mattress, whereas a mattress pad also has a comfort element and adds an extra layer between you and your mattress. Depending on the pad, it can have some loft and offer more cushioning.

If your number one priority is protecting your mattress, we recommend a mattress protector.
If you are looking for a bit of softness but don’t necessarily have the budget for an actual mattress topper, a wool mattress pad may be worth exploring.

Do I need a mattress protector?

In order to keep your mattress clean and protected, you need either a mattress protector, a mattress pad, or a mattress allergy encasement. We never recommend only putting a fitted sheet on a mattress and calling it a day. That is not enough protection for your mattress, which was most likely quite an investment!

Organic mattress protector, made with organic cotton.

What are the benefits of using a mattress protector?

Here is what a mattress protector will shield your mattress from…

  • Spills & accidents
  • Dust
  • Skin Cells
  • Sweat stains
  • Pet Dander

More benefits:

  • Keeps your mattress cleaner for longer
  • Easy to wash and super low-maintenance
  • Maintain your mattress warranty
  • A mattress protector is more affordable than ruining your mattress and having to buy a new one!

Should I get a waterproof mattress protector?

We recommend a waterproof protector for the most defense. However, some waterproof protectors can be made entirely of synthetic materials that are treated with harsh chemicals. We recommend opting for an organic waterproof mattress protector as a more natural option that still fully protects your mattress.

How do you wash a mattress protector?

Typically, you should wash a mattress protector in your washing machine. Always read the instructions since each protector is different. Some protectors may require that you lay them flat to dry, while others can go in the dryer on low heat.

How often should you wash a mattress protector?

We recommend every 1-2 months. Always wash your protector immediately if there has been an accident!

Do you put sheets over a mattress protector?

Yes! Your fitted sheet should go right over your mattress protector.

What sizes are available?

Whether you need a king mattress protector for your bed, a twin mattress protector for your child, or a crib mattress protector for your newborn, mattress protectors are available in all traditional bed sizes.

Protecting Your Mattress

We hope this post was informative and helpful! We strongly recommend purchasing a mattress protector so you can keep your mattress in excellent condition. Shop now!

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