There are two common misconceptions with regards to mattress protectors. The first is that it is just your basic run of the mill mattress pad, which provides some extra padding and protection between you and your mattress but doesn’t have other functions like being waterproof. The second group understands that mattress protectors are waterproof, but they think that means that protectors are only needed for bedwetters. Although it is true that some mattress protectors only provide this function, it is important to know that most protectors provide other vital functions that make the purchase of a protector very important for new and used mattresses.
They Are Completely Waterproof
Although this is not commonly known, a person can lose up to 200ml of liquid (which is the equivalent to a glass of water) from our bodies each night and ⅓ of an ounce of dead skin particles every week. Without a protector some of that liquid and dead skin is going to make its way into your mattress each night which can cause stains and blemishes.
Beyond body sweat, is the classic problem of bedwetting. When someone wets the bed, the acidity of the urine begins to break down the components (such as the foams and springs) of the bed thus effectively decreasing the utility and lifespan of the mattress. Parents with children (young and old) will save theirs and their children’s mattresses countless times if they invest in a good protector.
They Protect The Warranty of The Mattress
Due to Federal laws many mattress warranties can become invalidated if a mattress has unsanitary conditions such as sweat or blood stains. So having a waterproof barrier to protect your mattress is important not only if you have young children, but it also if you want to maintain the manufacturer’s warranty.
They Protect You From Dust Mites and Other Allergens
A good mattress protector will also protect beds from becoming infested with dust mites. Dust mites thrive in unprotected mattresses because they eat our dead skin flakes. Although the Dust Mites themselves don’t transfer any known viruses or diseases, their feces (they produce about 20 waste droppings each day) contains a protein that mixed with our skin cells causes allergic reactions in 18-30% of the population. Studies also say that Dust Mite feces are a factor in 50-80% of asthmatics. With a mattress protector the dust mites and dead skin flakes cannot get through the impermeable layer making your mattress free of Dust Mites and the allergens caused by their fecal matter.
They Increases the Life of Your Mattress
Wear and tear cannot be prevented from happening to your mattress… but it can be delayed. Liquids that enter your mattress can cause springs to rust and foams to start molding or losing their structure. Using a mattress protector will add years to your mattress because it will protect your bed from these types of things that cause a bed to prematurely wear out.
So really there isn’t much reason to not buy a mattress protector for your bed. They don’t cost that much and for something that you should be using for ⅓ of everyday, it is well worth the extra cost.They will end up paying for themselves very quickly and you will be happy with the small investment that you put into protecting your mattress.