Zippered mattress protectors have been rising in popularity in recent years, as people seek natural, non-chemical solutions for keeping their homes and bedrooms healthy and clean.
A Question of Health
Have you ever noticed how much more allergies affect you in the morning, upon waking?
Dust mites are one of the more common allergens known to trigger an autoimmune response in the human body. Dust mites live and thrive in unprotected bedroom environments, causing specific allergic reactions in a variety of places in the human anatomy, including the nose, eyes, and skins. Worse still, dust mites can exacerbate asthma symptoms for those who live with that chronic breathing condition.
During allergy season, our bedroom can store all of the allergens that come through our ventilation system, our clothing, and our shoes from the outdoors. As we create warm, humid environments in our bedrooms, the conditions allow for infiltration and proliferation of dust mites and seasonal allergens. Left unabated, these irritants can cause a series of single allergic reactions or trigger a more chronic response, with irritation of the skin, watery, burning eyes, scratchy throat, and prolonged breathing problems.
But there’s a great answer to the problem of dust mites and seasonal allergen exposure in the bedroom. Buying zippered bedding, especially a zippered mattress protector can take you to better health, with near-immediate effect.
Keeping Dust Mites and Seasonal Allergens Out
In the last few years, zippered mattress protectors have grown in popularity as a natural way to keep allergens to a minimum in the bedroom. As our single largest piece of bedding, our mattresses tend to attract and contain the greatest number of dust mites and other particles. Buying other home allergy prevention products but skipping the zippered mattress protector will not give you all of the protection needed to avoid allergens at home.
Zippered mattress protectors typically come with some fabric choice. While many use technical, engineered fabrics like high-performance polyesters, others use all-natural cotton fabrics, similar to the consistency of bedsheets, but without the high thread count demand of their next-to-body counterparts. Regardless of the fabric type, manufacturers of zippered mattress protectors choose their engineered and natural varieties with specific regard to a measure of permeability called micronaire. The smaller the microaire reading, the more microscopic the pores in the fabric.
With most zippered bedding protectors on the market, the pores are incredibly microscopic, so much so that dust mites are way too large to penetrate the covering, forcing them away from the mattress.
Letting Heat and Moisture Out
Micronaire works to the benefit of consumers in another way. Not only does this attribute allow a zippered mattress protector to keep dust mites out, it also enables our body heat and moisture--the two factors that create favorable conditions for dust mites--to escape. This feature is often marketed as “wicking,” a concept taken from fabrics used in clothing designed for pursuits that generate a lot of body heat and moisture, like exercise.
But the benefit is real. These zippered mattress protectors help keep our beds cooler and dryer, which not only creates unfavorable conditions for dust mites, but also goes a long way to creating a more optimal sleep experience.
Better Design and Structure for Actual Sleep
Speaking of a better sleep experience, there are other ways that zippered mattress protectors, particularly those of the more premium variety, can help you sleep better. Better brands have designed and built zippered mattress protectors.
They accomplish better design through qualities like taped zipper enclosures, single-needle stitching, and using higher-quality, softer fabrics, even though zippered mattress protectors aren’t next to our bodies. Why? They want to eliminate the crinkling and bunching up of fabric that creates noise with every movement and uncomfortable creases as well. In truth, when you invest in a better fabric, you don’t even realize it’s there.
Minimal Care, Great Results
Zippered mattress protectors of practically any quality will do the job of drastically reducing or eliminating dust mites and keeping seasonal allergens from taking up permanent residence in your mattress. Higher quality products will offer other benefits, such as wicking away the moisture and heat from our bodies, preventing our bedding from becoming a dust mite haven, and creating a cooler, dryer surface for sleeping. Better still, premium brands of zippered mattress protectors are so well-engineered, that they can do all of these jobs and help create a better sleep experience through design features like taped zipper enclosures and single-needle stitching.
The whole effect is a high-quality, high-performance sleep experience that greatly reduces allergens and promotes better sleep. Again, the very best of these fabrics are so dry, so cool, and so quiet, you won’t even know that they are there. The last thing you want is to add something for protection that creates other problems.
On the subject of care, it’s important to note that you do need to periodically wash your zippered mattress protectors in hot water, to eliminate dust mites & allergen particles that have failed to penetrate the cover. You should wash your sheets and pillowcases in hot water on a weekly basis, but also remember to add your zippered mattress protector to the load on a monthly basis.
With just minimal care, your zippered mattress protector will yield a high-performing return on your investment for the life of your mattress. And don’t forget, zippered protectors are available and highly recommended for your pillows and comforters as well. Investing in zippered protectors for all of your bedding makes sense--for a one-time investment in each product, you’ll be able to promote better health for your entire family, reducing doctor visits, prescriptions, and over-the-counter remedies along the way.