Mattresses can be expensive, so they deserve proper care and extra protection. One good way to extend the life of your mattress is to use a mattress protector. Mattress protectors can keep your bedding fresher and cleaner; they can also drastically help improve sleep quality.
You might be amazed at how many kinds of mattress protectors are available on the market today. If you’re not familiar with them, one mattress protector will look the same as all the others. However, there are different factors to consider when shopping for the right mattress protector. Here are some things to consider when buying one.
Grams per Square Meter (GSM)
One of the things to look at when choosing a mattress protector is to check the GSM or grams per square meter rating. If you’re on a budget, a 50-100 GSM range is already a good choice. It will provide adequate comfort while remaining lightweight. If you have extra cash to spare, go for something more resilient and luxurious like a 1000 GSM quilted waterproof mattress protector. This special type of protector provides maximum comfort without making your mattress feel lumpy. It will be on the more expensive side but the added cost is all worth the extra protection it can provide.
Mattress protectors also come with different types of fabric covering. Some protectors are also advertised as hypoallergenic, making them good options for people who suffer from dust mite allergies.
Another good option is waterproof mattress protectors. Quilted waterproof mattress protectors are the best choice since they have a 100% HollowFibre polyester filling and come with polypropylene or PVC-like backing which prevents liquids, moisture, urine and sweat from seeping into your mattress. Waterproof mattress protectors are ideal for infants and toddlers, older people who suffer from incontinence, or just about anyone prone to spilling liquids on their beds.
It is also best to take a look at the filling material of a mattress protector. Budget mattress protectors are usually made with polyester filling. Mid-priced protectors, on the other hand, have HollowFibre filling while luxury mattress protectors are made with ball fibre filling encased in boxes to prevent them from moving around in the quilt. Luxury quilted mattress protectors can be expensive but make a very good investment for the best sleep experience.
It is also important to choose a mattress protector that is fire-retardant. While this does not necessarily mean that the protector won’t catch fire, it gives you an extra layer of protection and lessens the risk of fire hazards in the bedroom. Buy mattress protectors that comply with fire safety regulations set by the UK bedding industry.
Before buying a mattress protector, be sure to measure the length, width and thickness of your mattress. This is particularly important if you’re opting for full-cover or zipped mattress protectors. Mattress protectors are available for single, double, queen and king-sized mattresses. Be sure to get one from a trusted and reliable brand.