by Amanda Mears
If you're looking to upgrade to a latex mattress or have already bought one, you may have a few questions. Often used to replace innersprings in a mattress's core and provide a base for memory foam mattress toppers, latex mattresses are gaining popularity because their unique elastic properties provide a firm sleeping surface that conforms to your unique body shape. This guide will answer frequently asked questions about your latex mattress and provide you with all the information you need to become acquainted with this new bedding trend.
How long will a latex mattress last?
Foam latex mattresses use pincore-hole technology to soften the latex while still helping it keep its firmness; this also ensures that your latex mattress will retain its shape and remain springy for years. While standard beds with spring coils will start to lose their shape after approximately 10 years, latex mattresses will last for up to 50 years.
What kinds of latex are there?
There are two types of latex used in the production of mattresses: synthetic and natural. Synthetic latex is made from petrochemicals and can have a strong odor. It is recommended that buyers of synthetic latex mattresses let their new bed air out for at least 24 hours before use to let the odor dissipate. For a green option, many people are choosing natural latex mattresses made of tree rubber. Hypoallergenic and anti-bacterial, natural latex mattresses are the perfect option for people worried about their impact on the environment and allergy suffers alike.
How is natural latex made?
Natural latex is collected in liquid form by hand from hevea brasiliensis trees and then poured into large vats where it is filtered carefully to remove particulate matter. It is then poured into large molds, emulsified with water and air bubbles and then slowly heated and vulcanized. During this process the liquid latex rubber converts to a flexible solid state that is used in mattresses.
How do you clean a latex mattress?
Because natural latex mattresses are resistant to bacteria, you won't need to clean them as often as a regular mattress. However, it's simple to clean your latex mattress if the need arises. Simply remove the mattress cover and wipe the mattress down with a cleaning solution made of one cup of water and three drops of dish soap. Let the mattress dry and then replace the cover.