Perhaps the question should be, can you afford to not have a mattress protector?
Seriously though, mattresses can be very expensive and purchasing a reasonably priced mattress protector can add years, literally years, to the lifespan of your mattress.
But that's not the only benefit to a mattress protector, far from it actually.
Read on to learn why you need a mattress protector.
Is a mattress protector necessary?
Bit of a weird question really when you consider apart from water, food and air, what else is absolutely necessary?
In all seriousness though, of course a mattress protector is not absolutely necessary, but they're damn good with a host of benefits that may swing the pendulum in favour of necessary.
We'll leave the decision up to you, but in the meantime, we'll provide all the important pieces of context to help you make that decision.
Here's six reasons why we think you should make one a necessity!
Just quickly though, if you're asking yourself "what is a mattress protector", follow that link for a quick overview.
1) They help to keep dust mites at bay
If you weren't aware, humans have a tendency to shed dead skin cells while we sleep, in fact, we shed between 30,000 and 40,000 dead skin cells every minute of the day.
So over the course of one night's sleep...we'll let you do the maths.
The important thing here is that dust mites feast on dead skin cells and are known to exacerbate allergies. So if you wheeze, sneeze, or find yourself waking up with a runny nose, it might be due to an infestation of dust mites in your mattress.
A mattress protector, however, prevents the build-up of these pesky critters, greatly alleviating the impact they can have on allergies and your wider health.
2) Greatly improves the health of your mattress
If you're reading this then we feel confident in saying you understand the importance of maintaining clean bed sheets and other bedding.
But were you aware the health of your mattress is equally important?
Unfortunately, without the presence of a mattress protector, your mattress could be home to any number of dirty things, including:
- Dead skin cells
- Dust mites
- Sweat, body oils and excess moisture
- Pet hair and fecal matter
- Food spillages and crumbs
These can all have an adverse effect on the health of your mattress, not to mention your own physical health. A mattress protector helps protect it from such things lingering for longer than they should.
3) Prolongs the life of your mattress
Whether you're trying to extend the life of your existing mattress or just purchased a brand new mattress, a mattress protector will help it reach maximum lifespan.
As we've mentioned, without some firm protection from the elements above the mattress it can quickly sour under the weight of moisture, body oils, dead skin cells, and everything else in between.
Apart from attracting dust mites and even bed bugs, these oils and other pathogens also contribute to unpleasant odours which can greatly inhibit your pursuit of a good night's sleep.
When considering new mattresses, you want to protect your investment just like you would a new car, couch or dining table. Protectors keep your mattress in peak condition for longer, free of stains, odours and those unpleasant critters we won't mention again.
4) Good for your warranty
You may not be aware of this but many manufacturers have a clause in the warranty which voids it should the mattress suffer stains.
We all want to save money and the last thing you want is a voided warranty after purchasing a new mattress thanks to an unexpected event that resulted in a stain.
Thankfully, the simple addition of a mattress protector eliminates such a possibility, leaving you with a full wallet and stain-free mattress.
5) Better comfort, for longer
At the end of the day, mattresses exist to deliver comfort.
Of course, sheets, fitted sheets and pillows play their part too, but once a mattress is at the mercy of stains, dust mites, body oils and other pathogens, the foams that make it so comfy start to deteriorate.
Sleep is so important to a healthy lifestyle that if you look at all of the above but don't see the premise in it, you can at least agree maintaining the health and longevity of your mattress for quality sleep is necessary.
6) Mattress protectors are easy to maintain
Considering they work tirelessly to keep your mattress clean and pristine, naturally, to prolong their own life mattress protectors do need washing from time to time.
Luckily, there's nothing overcomplicated or extensive processes needed to clean a mattress protector.
Here's some tips for an easy guide to clean a mattress protector:
- You can use your washing machine with cold water on a gentle cycle
- We recommend line dry, but if that's not possible they are tumble dry and dry clean friendly
PSA: always look at the manufacturer's recommendations, the above tips are tried and tested for our waterproof bamboo mattress protector.
Do I need a mattress protector for memory foam?
We sometimes get this question so thought it best to get the word out.
Memory foam is much like other materials on the market used to make mattresses in that although it's not absolutely necessary to use a mattress protector, it will help to prolong the lifespan of the mattress.
A mattress protector helps keep it free from dead skin cells, body oils and other moisture, dust mites, bed bugs, and those unexpected events that can result in food and liquids seeping into your mattress.
Your bed is the holy grail of your bedroom and a mattress protector helps to maintain it in peak condition.
Whether you've just made a mattress investment or want to prolong an existing mattress, you won't be disappointed by what a protector brings to the party.
Our waterproof bamboo mattress protectors are made without synthetic materials, are eco friendly and serve the primary purpose of keeping your mattress free from spills and stains, leaving you free to sleep more comfortably and cleanly for longer.
- Sleep Health Foundation, "Report to the Sleep Health Foundation 2016 Sleep Health Survey of Australian Adults", 2016 (Accessed November 2021)