If you have started browsing for a new mattress in recent months, you likely have seen some of the mattresses labelled as organic. This label may be confusing to you since it is one that usually shares space with food, medications, health supplements, and cleaning products. The truth is, organic mattresses are making their way to the home furnishing scene and there are a few things you should know before buying one.
Organic Mattress Material
The first thing you need to know about buying an organic mattress is the type of material that is available. Bamboo is the most common material you will see, but others include organic cotton and wool. The key point to remember is that most organic mattress companies try to avoid using plastics and other items that leave carbon footprints, give off any sort of chemical residue, or include toxins at some point in their manufacturing process.
Cleaning the Mattresses
You may be thinking that you can't clean the mattress the same way you would if it were made of traditional materials. When it comes to organic mattresses, you clean them the same way you would in normal conditions, which usually consists of using a lightly damp cloth to remove any dirt or debris or using some form of light refresher spray. One key point to remember is that many people who buy organic mattresses tend to buy organic mattress pads, pillows, and other bed linens. The pads help protect the mattress from spills and stains while continuing the organic theme of the entire bed as a set.
There are a few allergy considerations you should take into account, especially if you are buying an organic mattress for an infant or toddler. The main consideration is if the child is allergic to animal fur such as wool. If you don't know, you should have the child tested for the allergy or avoid the material all together in lieu of bamboo or even natural certified cotton and latex options. This will likely avoid a common animal fur or hair allergy while still allowing your child to use an organic option.
Also, keep in mind any allergies you or family members have to latex, and be sure to ask the sales representative if the mattress you are considering has any latex. You may find that the mattresses are made of bamboo, but latex is used as binding.
These are just a few of the key points you should know before buying an organic mattress. If you are ready to purchase an organic option, consider visiting your local retailer for pricing and options.