Gel Mattresses

Gel Mattresses- 

Gel Mattresses are rising in popularity.  Gel mattresses were originally designed for maximum pressure relief and have most often been used for medical purposes, though this is changing quickly as their popularity is spreading amongst mattress consumers.  Gel mattresses are available in various forms, but primarily the gel in the mattress conforms to the contours of the body to prevent pressure and the resulting bedsores.

Reduction of pressure points helps gel mattresses improves your sleep experience by improving blood circulation and providing a more comforting sleep environment.  When you have less pressure on your body, you are less likely to toss and turn, which makes for a tumultuous and uncomfortable sleep.  Additionally, gel mattresses make for a better temperature controlled sleep environment; you will generally sleep ‘cooler’ on gel mattresses.

Gel Mattress manufacturers:

Technogel Mattress-

The gel used is the patented product of Royal Medica.  The Technogel company is the result of a joint venture between Royal Medica and Otto Bock GmgH, a leader in orthopedics and foams.  Technogel has specialized in development and manufacturing of products based on the polyurethane gels.

Estasi by Technogel- This Gel Mattress is thick for correct support.  The top area is covered in the Technogel which provides a soft but solid sleep surface for your body to sink comfortably in to while providing support and pressure distribution.  The gel is the same used in the Dr Scholl’s foot care line, it is non toxic and stable.

Technogel Gel Mattresses

Example of a Technogel Gel Mattress

Intelli-Bed-

Intelli-Gel was originally developed in the 1990’s and used in hospital beds, seat cushions and shoe inserts, but now it is being used in Gel Mattresses for the home.  Intelli-gel is a soft, strong and elastic solid copolymer gel that is formed into a series of vertical support members.  In the Intellibed, these vertical supports compress under light pressure, but relax as pressure increases, allowing that part of your body (like shoulders or hips) to sink into the mattress.  This reduces pressure points on your body by 50 to 80%.  Intelligel is durable, as well as safe, non-toxic, hypoallergenic and anti-microbial.

intelligel used in gel mattresses

Intelligel has vertical supports

NexGel-

NexGel offers a full line of Gel mattresses and products.  In the late 1990’s gel cushioining products began a rise to prominence.  They were immediately used for relieving pressure in hospitals for patients, burn victims, and the elderly.  The high cost of gel products kept the products use mostly restricted to medical and high end consumer mattress applications.  NexGel engineers created and patented OrthoGel, which is a lighter and more economical product that brings the sleep enhancing properties of gel to the general public.

Serta iComfort Prodigy Gel Memory Foam Mattress-

The iComfort Sleep System by Serta is their entry in to the Gel Mattresses arena.  The iComfort features the Cool Action Gel Memory Foam- Memory foam infused with the support and cooling properties of Serta’s MicroSupport gel.  The iComfort Gel Mattresses are designed to deliver superior pressure relief and targeted support than ordinary memory foam mattresses.

Serta iComfort Gel Mattresses

Serta's iComfort Gel Mattress

Mattress Care and Cleaning Tips

Mattress care and Cleaning Tips:

Today we will look at mattress care, tips, and instructions for keeping your mattress as clean, and healthy, as possible.  You spend up to a third of your life in bed, a clean mattress will make that a better experience.  No one wants to sleep on a mattress that smells, is dusty, or infested with mites, bed bugs and the like.  Today we look at general mattress care: cleaning your mattress, what to do when it gets dirt, how to prevent mites and allergens from bothering you and tips for routine maintenance.

mattress care and cleaning for a dirty mattress

A sample of what can lurk in an unclean mattress

Mattress care tips:

Invest in a mattress pad-

A mattress pad is the first line of defense in mattress care.  A mattress pad protects against stains, provides a washable cover (and should be washed on a regular basis just like your bedding), and reduces the amount of dust, pet dander, dust mites, and other allergens that get to and in to the mattress.

Keep your mattress clean-

Mattress care should include regular vacuuming of your mattress.  Use the upholstery attachment and be sure to get all surface areas of the mattress.  Be careful with things like water and cleaning solutions!  They can seep in to the mattress and cause odors, and depending on the mattress type (Foam, Latex, etc) can take a long time to dry.  You may consider using a garment steamer on the mattress as that helps kill mites that may be present.

If a stain occurs-

Sometimes mattress care involves removing a stain.  Use an upholstery shampoo and some water, as little as possible- don’t soak it.  Use a sponge to dab at the stain and control the amount of moisture.  Do not use dry cleaning chemicals- as mentioned above, you don’t want chemicals and their odors to seep in to your mattress.

Rotate your Mattress-

Rotating the mattress as part of your mattress care routine helps lengthen the life and comfort of your mattress.  Rotating the mattress every two to six months minimizes permanent impressions, changes the pressure points, helps reduce dips and sags and helps with even wear over time: all things that lead to better rest.

Quick mattress care tips:

For Odors- sprinkle baking soda on your mattress, let it sit for a few hours and then vacuum.

Vacuuming- Proper mattress care requires you to vacuum the sides as well as the top (or both sleeping areas if you don’t have a special pillow or euro top).  All exposed fabric should be dusted and vacuumed.

Dryer Sheets- As a way to keep your mattress smelling nice, consider placing a few dryer sheets under the mattress cover.  Be sure to choose an aroma you can sleep with!

Don’t engage in risky practices- Prevention is a great way to enhance mattress care.  Don’t smoke around your mattress to prevent cigarette odors, make sure your pets are clean before they hop on the bed, and avoid eating messy and spillable meals and snacks in bed.

Proper mattress care is pretty easy and does not take much time when done on a regular basis.  Make mattress care and cleaning part of your general home maintenance and cleaning routine and you are well on your way to increasing the life and comfort of your mattress.

Mattress Shopping Secrets

Mattress Shopping Secrets-

Mattress shopping is a big deal.  Mattresses can be expensive, there are a lot of different choices and a number of different types- Inner spring, Latex, Memory Foam, Air mattresses and so on.  You will also be spending the next 10 years or more sleeping on your new mattress.  So, what are some tips and secrets that you can use to your advantage when mattress shopping?

mattress shopping offers many choices

There are a lot of mattress choices out there

Mattress Store Secrets:

When you go mattress shopping, keep the following bits of information in mind-

  • The more expensive mattresses are displayed in the front of the store and the cheaper ones are in the back.  The hope being that a buyer will see something they like up front before fully browsing and seeing all the options and price points.  Everyone is different, you never know which mattress will be the best for you, and by looking at all the options and laying on them, you have a better chance of finding the best mattress for you, often at a great value.
  • Test a mattress for at least 10 minutes.  You can lie down on showroom mattresses, the salesperson should tell you this but if they don’t, remember you are entitled to try them out as a shopper.  You want to make the right decision when mattress shopping as you will spend hundreds, even thousands of dollars on your choice and sleep on it for the next 10 to15 years.
  • A lesser-known fact is that mattress makers rename their products.  The mattresses will have different labels, but inside are the same- it can be confusing to buy one.  What you can do as a consumer is:

a)     Try out the mattress before buying

b)    Read up on the models you like, review their features

c)     Compare similar models

d)    Look at reviews online

e)     Be sure the store has a consumer friendly return policy

Mattress Shopping Considerations:

  • What is with all the discounts and sales- Mattress shopping can be like advanced math class!  Pricing of mattresses can be very confusing, you will find many are on ‘sale’, there are deep discounts, many mattresses ell below the MSRP- some by a large amount.  How do you know you are getting a fair or even good deal?  Do your homework before and during mattress shopping.  You don’t need to buy your mattress the day you find it, there are more than one out there.  Do online research, visit the manufacturers website, ask the seller if it is this year or last years model, compare prices, ask if there are additional discounts.  It’s your money, protect it.
  • Warranties- While mattress shopping, you will see there are various warranties available.  What type of warranty will you receive (is there even one)?  You should be able to find a mattress with at least a 10-year warranty and many of the higher end, Memory Foam, and synthetic or Latex mattresses offer warranties of 20 years.
  • Side Support- Check the support on the outer edges of the mattress, the side support should match the middle.  When mattress shopping, you don’t want a mattress that is going to break down around the edges after just a few months or years.  Sagging edges are uncomfortable and detract from your overall sleep experience.
  • Ticking (outside cover)- The ticking fabric should be cotton or damask, not polyester or vinyl.  Polyester and vinyl do not breathe like cotton or damask which makes them less comfortable, especially in warm weather.
  • Coil Count- One aspect of innerspring mattress quality is the ‘coil count’.  A quality mattress should have a coil count of at least 375 for a Queen size and 450 for a King.  Higher coil counts typically mean a higher quality- there are more coils to support and provide comfort to the sleeper.
  • Size- Make sure you get the right size mattress, or if you aren’t sure, err on the side of too big.  Take your sleep partner with you to shop (you should anyway as both of you need to be comfortable on your choice) lie on the bed, make sure you have enough room to sleep on the mattress comfortably.  Lay on your back and put your palms under your head with your elbows out- do you both have enough room on the mattress?  Don’t make the mistake of getting a mattress that is too small.
Mattress shopping can be a great experience and you should make it an opportunity to get the mattress you need and want at a reasonable price, or at least the best price possible.  When you go mattress shopping, using the tips and bits of information above can help you get the best deal and a quality mattress.