Mattress Cover Materials: What They Say About You

I write a lot about coils, memory foam, and edge support, the guts of the mattress.  I have never written about mattress covers.  Mattresses used to be made with polyester covers, which could be wiped clean of stains and soils.  While some would prefer this to the current trend of natural fibers, I, for one, am glad that they are gone.  Those old covers didn’t stretch, and the beds always felt firm.  Also, they were HOT.  There was no breathing done through these mattress covers.  They were like crib mattresses, for goodness sake.  But that’s enough of complaining about the past…

Now, covers are made out of cotton, bamboo, cashmere, stretch blends, wool, just about anything that’s soft, comfortable, and breathable.  What’s the big difference between them?  Cotton mattress covers are the least expensive, but still breathable and soft.  They have varying degrees of stretch, but are a great option for less expensive beds.  My main complaint?  They can pill if something rubs against them too much, but hopefully you’re using a mattress protector, so this wouldn’t be a problem.  Ahem.  A great bed with a cotton cover is the King Koil Eternity Euro Top.

Bamboo mattress coverBamboo (which is my personal fave) is soft, breathable, and comfortable.  Also, it’s renewable!  This means that it’s a green product.  I’m sure it seems weird to sleep on what’s basically wood, but it’s super luxurious, and makes a great mattress cover.  A little more expensive, but as it is always for saving the Earth, right?  For a great bed with a bamboo cover, check out the Spirit Sleep Legacy.

Cashmere covers were all the rage for top of the line beds a few years ago.  They are fuzzy, comfortable, breathable, but they sleep a little warmer than cotton and bamboo.  Also, they are super expensive.  Overall, I’d recommend the previous two over cashmere, unless you have a thing for it, and want to tell all your friends that you’re sleeping on it.  The Luxury Support Cashmere is an air mattress with this luxurious mattress cover.

Stretch blends, such as the Beautyrest Evenloft cover, are great hybrids.  They are a evenloft mattress covercombination of cotton, spandex, and sometimes polyester.  They are breathable, soft, and super stretchy in all directions.  These are great because they really form fit the bed, don’t take away any of the softness, and provide a little extra motion separation.  The Beautyrest Leedsgate Plush Evenloft is a fabulous bed with the patented Evenloft stretch mattress cover.

Finally, wool.  I’m not a huge fan of wool for many reasons, mainly because just writing about it makes me itchy.  If you’re a cold person, these covers will keep you a little warmer, as they are not as breathable as the other options.  Some brands used to have two sided mattresses with wool on one side and cotton on the other, for different seasons.  Those went the way of the cassette when everyone switched to a one-sided mattress, but some manufacturers still use wool covers and wool padding in their beds.  I say, just buy another blanket.  Currently, we don’t have any beds with wool mattress covers.  Coincidence?  I think not.

The cover can make or break your mattress, so select wisely!

Your Warranty and How a Mattress Protector Can Save It

I often get questioned about warranties, what they cover, and what to do if you want to use one.  The first thing that I have to say is that each manufacturer is different about their warranties, and that this is just a general guide.  Some like to interact with the consumer themselves, some like for the retailer to do it.  Each bed has a different warranty duration, as well as definition of what “defective” means.  Read your warranty card carefully when you get your bed.

All that being said, there are a few things that you need to know even before you sleep on your bed that first time.  A stain voids any warranty.  Period.  It may seem ridiculous to you, but there are reasons for this.  First, a stain usually means that some sort of liquid got into the padding layers of the bed, and into the foam.  This can cause the foam to fail, and is not a manufacturer defect.  A stain could also be evidence of mishandling, abuse of the mattress, or lack of care.  The warranty only covers a manufacturer’s defect, which basically means that the bed failed at no fault of the customer.  The most important thing that you can do to protect your warranty is to cover your bed with a waterproof mattress protector.  Believe me, you’ll be glad that you got it.  Secondly, do not throw away your original receipt, or the warranty card that came with the mattress.

If you have a complaint about the bed that you think is covered under the warranty, check out the warranty page on our website.  We will either send you a warranty questionnaire, or give you the phone number that you need in order to contact the manufacturer.  If we send you the warranty questionnaire, then we will be handling your warranty claim.  Fill out the paperwork, and send it back to us.  It helps if you take pictures of the defect, directions on how to do it will be included with the questionnaire.  If we think that it’s necessary, we will send out an inspector to take a look at the mattress, measure for any sag, and evaluate the defect.  We will then send this information to the manufacturer.

Please remember that the decision to approve or deny your warranty claim belongs soley to the manufacturer.  Dr Snooze doesn’t make beds, and doesn’t offer a warranty.  The manufacturer is who warranties your bed, and will make the determination to repair, replace, or to deny the claim.

If your claim is approved, we will come out and replace the defective piece.  It’s that easy.  As always, if you have questions, call us!