Many people wonder whether latex mattresses are hot to sleep on. Among contouring mattresses, latex mattresses are among the coolest. However, poor manufacturing or additives can make the mattress less breathable, and therefore warmer. All natural latex mattresses trap less ambient heat than traditional memory foam and they have an internal open cell structure that allows air circulation. Hybrid mattresses mixed with synthetics, on the other hand, trap more heat. When buying a latex mattress, choose a high-quality natural product and top with a breathable sheet for maximum comfort.
Read on for more questions people commonly ask about latex mattresses.
Latex is a natural product made from the milk of a rubber tree. Latex mattresses are made from latex foam, which is created when the latex is put through a vulcanization process. Ideally, the latex foam is made with all-natural products. Be on the lookout for foam made with synthetic additives which can lead to problems like off-gassing.
An all-natural latex mattress should have little to no odor. If there is an odor, this is a sign that there are other synthetic ingredients added to the product. In cases where there is a mild odor, let the mattress sit uncovered for a short time to allow it complete its off-gassing.
No, natural latex is not toxic. A misconception sometimes arises regarding small amounts of sulfur and iron oxide that may be used in the manufacturing process to vulcanize the latex. Iron oxide is not toxic but may be irritating in large quantities. Sulfur may be toxic when inhaled as a dust. There is no harm from the small amounts of these ingredients that may be left behind in the finished product.
Latex mattresses are prized in part for their long lifespan. A latex mattress typically lasts between 10 and 30 years, which is 2-3 times longer than a traditional spring mattress.
When making any significant purchase like the mattress where you will ideally spend one third of your life for the next decade, it pays to answer all questions up front. Paying a visit to a mattress showroom is the best way to try out a latex mattress in person and gain the input of knowledgeable sales staff.
The staff at Mattress World Northwest is here to help you and answer any questions you may have. Stop into any of our latex mattress showroom locations in the Portland area today.