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What’s a Rubber Mattress?

In some mattress stores, you’ll sometimes hear an experienced salesperson talk about a “rubber mattress.” Confused? You might be scratching your head, picturing a bed that’s part trampoline.

But “rubber” is a perfectly legitimate, although dated, term for latex. Natural latex foam is natural latex foam rubber, after all. The sap from the rubber tree is tapped and harvested, then whipped into foam in a centrifuge, poured into molds, and steam-baked.

Where natural latex foam begins is with the serum from the rubber tree, and the end product is a natural latex mattress. So if you should hear a salesperson referring to a “rubber mattress”—nobody needs a rubber room. It’s not crazy talk, just an old-school term for the best mattress material you can find. As supportive or as soft as you crave, natural latex foam is a fabulous surface to sleep on.

Natural latex is in a revival. Before the development of synthetic chemical foam products, durable, comfortable natural foam rubber was a very popular material for mattresses. It fell out of favor as the world fell in love with synthetic substitutes—when “everything new is better” was one of the promises of chemistry. Artificial substitutes for all sorts of natural materials, including foam rubber, began to consume the marketplace.

The tide of unnecessary and toxic chemicals is hard to turn, but it’s turning today. Most well-informed consumers know that both human health, and the environment, have come to grief. More consumers are now alert to what’s in (or sprayed on) their food, and increasingly, what’s in the products they sleep on and breathe next to every night.

So, are you interested in a “rubber mattress?” Savvy Rest’s natural mattresses fit the bill, and we’ll be happy to show them to you. Call them natural latex mattresses, rubber mattresses, or anything you like—just find your local dealer to give one a try.

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