A mattress protector, also referred to as an encasement, is a large fabric envelope that totally encases your mattress. Design features vary by each manufacturer, so understand your needs before you come to a final decision. Prices vary and depend upon the materials used in the manufacturing process and on the type of protection the mattress protector offers. Whether you want protection against spills or stains, vermin or air borne material, the best mattress protector is the one that fulfils your needs.
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Bed Bug Protection
Many mattress protectors are specifically designed to thwart the invasion of bed bugs. The encasement has a specially designed zipper closure that prevents insects from passing into or out of the encasement. An effective bed bug mattress protector traps bed bugs inside the encasement and prevents bugs from biting you through the fabric of the enclosure. Purchase this type of mattress protector from most department stores and home centres or, if you prefer, you can shop for one online.
Dust Mite Protection
Dust mites are tiny, creepy-crawly creatures closely related to ticks, chiggers and spiders. They live where people live and eat skin scales, known as dander, that all humans shed. Daily traffic from housekeeping and walking stir up microscopic residue from dust mites and cause the particles to become airborne. If you have breathing difficulty and inhale these particles, you might suffer an allergic reaction. Choose a mattress protector that has an allergen impermeable cover. Allergy supply stores and mattress shops usually stock this type of protector in all bedding sizes.
Water and Stain Protection
Accidents do happen and you can protect your mattress from beverage spills, including wine, as well as staining from incontinence. Waterproof mattress protectors safeguard your mattress from wetness and discolouration. Manufacturers have taken great strides in perfecting waterproof fabric and coverings that do not make a "crinkly" sound when you turn over in bed. Some manufacturers of this type of protector place an absorbent hypo-allergic cotton fabric over a waterproof material to ensure extra comfort.
General Mattress Protection
A general-purpose mattress protector combines the smoothness of a hypoallergenic covering while providing an antimicrobial barrier between your body and the mattress. This is an ideal selection not only for guest bedrooms and vacation homes, but also for students to use on their beds in college dorms. Almost every department store, bedding shop, and home centre carry this type of mattress protector and, generally, you can find it in all bedding sizes.
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