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What is a mattress protector and why do we need them? Well if you think of how much time you spend in your bed, up to 8 hours a day or even more, just think of how much use your mattress is having to endure over its life span which is an average of 8 years. Not only does it have to cope with movement but also sweat, dander from your hair and also body skin, lots of body skin, so much so its the ideal environment for the dreaded house dust mite which is a major cause of allergies here in the UK. Even if you are super cautious and you do not have any drinks in the bed you cannot avoid the previous issues as much as you might try, they are natural and cannot be helped only minimised, so yes in short, this is why we need mattress protectors.

The most popular type of protectors sold in the UK is the anti-allergy one, it comes with a 100% cotton top cover and is generally filled with anti-allergy machine washable polyester fibre or the more luxurious option is the 100% cotton filled mattress protector. They are both excellent at doing their job, not only do they have dust mite protection built in they do offer some short term relief from drink spills but they mainly stop dust and body matter including sweat and odours from entering your mattress. If you want total liquid protection which are ideal for children and the elderly you would need to choose a fully waterproof mattress protector which can be machine washed.

If you are still not sure, here are 9 more reasons to invest in a mattress protector and benefit from extending the life of your mattress.

1. Protects the Mattress from Dust:

Dust particles have a tendency to accumulate over time. People who don’t clean their surroundings daily are likely to notice the accumulated dust on every surface of their house. Dust damage affects all sorts of things. It can cause electronic equipment to stop functioning.

In the case of a mattress, dust is likely to settle into it. If it isn’t cleaned periodically, the dust will accumulate and might be difficult to clean. Sleeping on a mattress covered with dust could aggravate allergies. Apart from the dust particles, you also have to worry about dust mites. They are known to cause allergic reactions in both children and adults. Dust mite allergy is common and can cause a runny nose, sneezing, itchy eyes, nasal congestion, cough, etc.

With a mattress protector in place, your mattress will be shielded from these critters and dust particles.

2. Protects the Mattress from Bed Bugs

Bed bugs are one of the common threats to the mattress affecting its longevity and good hygiene. They live between the fibres, the materials that form the inside of your mattress. Bed Bugs are contagious critters and tend to bite you when you are asleep. They are very tiny and cannot be detected by the naked eye and therefore, very hard to eliminate. These tiny critters are brought into the house after someone has spent time in hotels or households that already have them.

Putting on a mattress protector will make sure that any bed bugs that are brought home do not make it inside your mattress.

3. Protects the Mattress from Bed Bugs

Regardless of what size of mattress you own or how many people sleep on it, if even a single person sweats a lot, the sweat is bound to seep into the mattress’s interior. Spilling liquids such as water or juices on the mattress can damage it. The spilled liquid will be absorbed by the mattress and there is no easy way to clean it. Furthermore, it will also make the mattress damp, creating a perfect breeding ground for mould or mildew and mould exposure can cause allergies with symptoms such as nasal stuffiness, wheezing, cough, throat irritation and sometimes skin irritation. A mattress protector, specifically a waterproof mattress protector, will prevent any liquid seepage and it will be easier to clean the mattress protector.

4. Helps Extend the warranty of a Mattress

Many premium Mattress brands offer at least 8 years warranty with a mattress. Premium products come with warranties that offer some form of protection but before you make a purchase, you need to carefully read the warranty specification. Some things aren’t included in the warranty. Things such as dampness or mould, normal wear and tear, discoloration, or natural smells, aren’t included in the warranty. That is why it is a great idea to protect your premium mattress with a high-quality mattress protector.

5. Lengthens the Life of your Mattress

Many brands claim that their mattress is made from 100% certified organic and eco-friendly materials but very few dedicatedly and truthfully offer that in reality. Numerous brands use internal components that cannot be recycled and take over hundreds of years to biodegrade, harming our ecosystem.

Purchasing a cheap or used mattress, or owning a poorly maintained mattress, means that you have to get rid of it sooner. The warranty of a mattress becomes irrelevant if you abuse it and take no care of it. Protecting your Mattress with a Mattress protector ensures that it lasts longer and therefore is one less mattress destroying the ecosystem.

6. Protects the Mattress from Stains

Count the number of times you have dropped food on your mattress, couch, chair, or any surface you have frequently found yourself eating on. Very few people stick to the rules of reserving food for the dining table. Most prefer too much food or binge eat in bed and they are highly likely to bring along beverages as well. It increases the chances of dropping your food or spilling a drink on the mattress. Accidents happen and therefore it behoves us to be prepared for situations like these.

A waterproof mattress protector can ensure that even if you spill anything or drop anything greasy on the bed, it won’t end up staining your mattress. You can follow the instructions for cleaning a mattress protector and get it cleaned easily.

7. Protects the Mattress against kids Bed Wetting

Bedwetting is common amongst young children and sometimes in senior citizens. Without a Mattress protector, you’ll be faced with stained sheets and a mattress. Cleaning the sheets would be no big trouble but it might not get the unpleasant urine odour off the mattress.

It will also leave the mattress damp and exacerbate the production of microscopic bacteria that could later cause infections and rashes. It is why you should protect your mattress and health with a mattress protector. If your child ends up accidentally wetting the bed, it is easy enough to clean the protector.

8. Cost Effective and Easy to clean and maintain

How would you clean your mattress at home? Maybe some of you have a premium vacuum that can suck all the dust mites and other critters from your mattress, but that cannot help you clean any stains or discolouration. Generally, you need to hire a professional mattress cleaner to clean your mattress properly. You can reduce that expense by a one time purchase of a decent Mattress protector, which is easier to clean and maintain.

If your warranty doesn’t cover a specific kind of damage, you might have to replace it on your own. Suppose your mattress was damaged beyond repair due to severe mould development, you have to invest a hefty amount of money to purchase a new one. So instead of taking that chance, you can keep your mattress safe by equipping it with a mattress protector.