I purchased this exact mattress pad from Overstock in 2008 for a lot cheaper than listed. The one purchased then was soft and got softer after every wash, hardly shrunk, and to this day, its only damage is a small hole in the elastic because I slid the bed on the carpet. After getting a new bed and having been highly satisfied with the one purchased in 2008, I decided to re-buy it. When I got it, I noticed the fabric was pretty rough. So, for sanitary reasons and in hopes it would get softer, I washed and dried it as I have been doing with the other pad. The result however were ... yellow stains and the roughness stayed the same. I'm so disappointed and more so because I can't return it. Not recommended.