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The Two Main Processes Of Latex Mattress Production Explained; Dunlop vs Talalay

Thursday, February 28th, 2008

When it comes to the production of latex mattresses, two main processes are used. The Dunlop process, which is the oldest form of latex production still used today, and the Talalay process, which is a newer process. Both processes offer advantages, and in many cases, the production method is simply a matter of personal preference for consumers.

At Rocky Mountain Mattress, we strive to make sure our customers have access to all of the high-quality products they seek. That’s why we offer latex mattress products made via the Dunlop process and those made using the Talalay process.

Overview of the Dunlop Process

The Dunlop process is the most common method of producing mattresses and other products made from natural latex. In this process, the serum is collected from rubber trees, then frothed in a centrifuge. The material is then poured into a mold and baked at a low temperature. As the latex bakes and begins to firm, particles and sediments tend to fall and settle at the bottom of the mold. Because of this, products made through the Dunlop process often have one side – the bottom – which is somewhat firmer.

Around the world, the Dunlop process is the most common method of latex production. Latex products made using the Dunlop process are typically more dense than those made using the Talalay process.

Overview of the Talalay Process

The Talalay process of latex production is a somewhat more modern means of production, though with the advanced method comes a higher cost of production. Once extracted and prepared, the latex compound is ready to be poured into the mold. Once the latex material has been poured into the mold, the mold is sealed off. Air is then vacuumed from the mold, which is designed to evenly distribute the foamy latex material inside the mold. This leads to an open-cell, consistent end product.

Once the air has been drawn from the material, the mold is flash frozen for stabilization and the lock the latex product in place.

Here Are The Main Benefits Of A Natural Latex Mattress

Wednesday, February 27th, 2008

Natural latex offers some differences in material and composition from synthetic latex materials, and it’s important to understand what it means to offer all-natural latex mattress toppers and other memory foam products.

What is natural latex?

Natural latex is just that – it is a naturally-occurring material that is derived from the rubber tree, and is a biodegradable material that provides natural cushioning and support.

What are the benefits of Natural Latex?

Natural latex is especially desirable for individuals with sensitive skin or with allergies, as natural latex is hypo-allergenic, anti-microbial, and dust mite resistant. That means natural latex will not irritate the skin of those with certain sensitivities or cause problems for allergy sufferers.

The material is also breathable by nature, which makes it possible to keep you warmer in the winter and cooler in the summer. During the production process, natural latex is manufactured in varying support levels ranging from medium to extra firm.

All-natural latex products do not contain any toxins, and are completely safe for the environment. Even the process used in the production of natural latex mattresses and mattress toppers is safe for the environment as no toxic gases are released during the process.

I’m allergic to latex gloves. Will natural latex mattress toppers cause problems for me?

Probably not! Latex gloves are made of a closed-cell structure, which traps the proteins that cause problems for some individuals who are allergic to latex. The all-natural latex used in mattress toppers and mattresses creates a foam with open cells. That allows these proteins to be washed out and released, which will greatly reduce the chance of having an allergic reaction, even if you know you are allergic to latex. Still, we advise our customers to test out the all-natural latex mattress toppers and mattresses just to be sure.

Why You Should Be Concerned If You Bought A Memory Foam Product From An Asian Manufacturer

Tuesday, February 26th, 2008

One question that we often hear from first-time memory foam buyers deals with concerns regarding the presence of harmful chemicals in memory foam. Because memory foam has a distinct scent, many people are worried that the off gases given off by the material and the chemicals used in its creation can be dangerous. And while it’s true that some manufacturers – especially low quality, Asian-made memory foam – does contain some harmful chemicals, most American-made memory foams are 100% safe.

Are the Rocky Mountain Mattress – memory foam mattresses safe?

Absolutely! Rocky Mountain Mattress uses only high quality Bayer memory foam and Foamex memory foam, and they are among the most high-quality memory foam manufacturers that are based in the United States. American manufacturers must adhere to certain regulations that ensure the products are safe. When you receive your mattress, you may notice a particular scent wafting from the memory foam. This is completely normal, and completely safe. It is recommended that you allow the memory foam to air out for up to 24 hours to reduce the scent, which occurs when the packaging traps the smell of the harmless chemicals used in the manufacturing process in the foam.

At the end of the day, though, the bottom line is that most domestic memory foams – including the Rocky Mountain Mattress memory foam line of Bayer and Foamex – are completely safe!

What makes other memory foams – like those made by Asian manufacturers – unsafe?

Because some countries have less restrictive regulations regarding the manufacturing process, there are some memory foam mattresses that may contain harmful chemicals. It is not uncommon for these manufacturers to use fixers such as formaldehyde in the manufacturing process, which can be an irritant to those with sensitive skin and some allergies. The smell of these mattresses can often be enough to be bothersome for some consumers.

In addition to causing problems for some individuals, the manufacturing process used by some companies overseas can also release CFCs and other dangerous gases into the environment. Regulations in the United States prevent manufacturers from allowing such practices.

Again, though, this is usually only found in mattresses that are not made in the United States. We recommend always buying from trusted, American-made manufacturers like Bayer and Foamex to ensure that there are no harmful chemicals in your mattress.

Rocky Mountain Mattress Proudly Announces New Line of Eco-Friendly Products

Monday, February 25th, 2008

Sandy, UT September 14, 2007 Rocky Mountain Mattress is proud to unveil its line of “green” mattress products, which offers consumers all-natural, eco-friendly alternatives to traditional products. Each product is made from 100% all natural latex.

Products available through Rocky Mountain Mattress’ green line include an all-natural latex mattress, two all-natural latex mattress toppers, and an all-natural latex pillow. In addition to being environmentally friendly, these products also offer consumers the added bonus of being hypo-allergenic and anti-microbial. These eco-friendly mattress products are ideal for individuals who suffer from allergies and other sensitivities that can be irritated by artificial materials.

In addition to the natural latex material, the mattress also features pure organic Juma wool and a cotton/bamboo-blend cover that provides luxurious comfort and additional environmentally friendly features.

The all-natural latex mattress toppers are available in two levels of plushness. The medium plush mattress topper offers comfort and support with 4.7 pounds of density, while the medium firm mattress topper offers additional support through 5.3 pound density foam.

For additional details about all of the products available through Rocky Mountain Mattress’ new eco-friendly, all-natural latex products, visit http://www.rockymountainmattress.com/green-c-29.html.

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Even Where Sleep Is Concerned, Too Much Is A Bad Thing

Friday, February 22nd, 2008

The quote Even where sleep is concerned, too much is a bad thing comes from Homer

DON OWENS – Mattress Specialist of 27 years shares the following with Rocky Mountain Mattress blog readers:

Warning: Sleep may be hazardous to your health. At least too much sleep!

That according to Daniel Ripke, M.D. professor of psychology, University of California headed a six-year research group involving more than a million men and women. His conclusion: People who slept more than 8 hours per night actually had a worst mortality rate than those who slept less than 8 hours.

Your body needs time to rest and recover from the rigors of the day, but it also needs activity to stay healthy.

Some sleep nuggets:

The sun is your friend! When you get up in the morning, try to get 15 minutes exposure to sun light. It helps your biological clock and brightens your day.

Get outta bed! When the alarm goes off, get up and start your day. Instead of lying in bed, looking at the ceiling use those extra minutes to be with your family or being productive.

Use your bed for sleep and romance only! No computers, no television, no work, no food.

Plan B: Out of site out of mind! Put the sleep project in the background of your life. Don’t monitor it, don’t evaluate it, and don’t even think about it.

Sweet dreams!

All work and no sleep is a recipe for poor health

Thursday, February 21st, 2008

Here are some fun quotes for your enjoyment today! I hope everyone had a good nights sleep!

All work and no sleep is a recipe for poor health!

Success is often equated to working outrageous hours in stressful conditions. But besides a new car and the good life, you may also be acquiring any number of sleep disorders. A recent survey revealed that, due to stress at home and work, about 60% of adults suffered from insomnia, abrupt awakenings, night sweats and rapid heartbeats.

Another study showed that three out of every four office workers had difficulty falling asleep with some even requiring sleeping pills.

Some sleep nuggets:

The life you save may be mine! Driver fatigue represents the cause of 30-40% of vehicle accidents.
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Clock watching! Don’t do it. This creates anxiety. Turn the clock away from you eyes.

Use a mind sweeper! Before you go to bed, write down the next days to-dos so your mind is free from worry or clutter.

Plan B: Take a nap! Healthy adults, who napped 3 times a week for 30 minutes had a 37% lower risk of dying from heart disease. And napping had the greatest effect on men.

Sweet dreams!

These are some great quotes provided to us here at Rocky Mountain Mattress by – Don Owens – Mattress Specialist of 27 years

The 4 Main Reasons You Need To Buy A Rocky Mountain Memory Foam Mattress

Monday, February 11th, 2008

There are dozens of reasons as to why the Rocky Mountain Mattress memory foam mattress is the better choice in comparison to the traditional spring and coil mattresses. This new sleep technology has taken the world by storm and it has brought better quality night sleeps and less sore backs in the morning.

Reason #1 Support & Pressure Relief

Even the average Rocky Mountain Mattress memory foam mattress is made of forming and dense materials that literally form to your body and each and every joint and crevice during the night. This type of support cannot be found with any other “traditional” mattress on the market today.

Reason #2 Value

The dense Rocky Mountain Mattress memory foam is is the absolute best memory foam mattress on the market today. If you are a person who has back or neck problems, this is the mattress for you. Although memory foam mattresses are usually more expensive than traditional spring mattresses, this is not the case when purchasing your mattress through Rocky Mountain Mattress. From what we have seen, even the higher end models we sell are not stopping Americans from buying the only mattress which can provide them with a quality night sleep.

Reason #3 Air Circulation

A great feature about memory foam mattresses is that air is able to pass through the mattress which allows the mattress to retain your body heat to keep your warm as well as pass cold air through the mattress to keep you cool at night. These mattresses are also allergy resistant which allows everyone to take advantage of this great technology.

Reason #4 Long Warranties

You will find that almost each and every memory foam mattress offers anywhere from a 5 – 20 year warranty, depending on the model. This is a great warranty which allows you to enjoy your mattress and not worry about damage or wear and tear for the next 5 – 20 years. Although memory foam mattresses are a bit pricier than the average coil and spring mattresses, many Americans are finding this extra investment to be well worth their while. The Rocky Mountain Mattress memory foam mattresses last longer and provide a higher quality night sleep which saves you money in the long run.

Why You Should Be Using A Mattress Cover

Friday, February 8th, 2008

The most important thing, second to choosing the best mattress, is choosing the best mattress cover. Some people don’t believe a mattress cover is necessary but this is completely incorrect. There are many different types of covers available to the consumer today and this can make for an overwhelming decision when the time comes. What needs to be understood is the purpose of the mattress cover. They are necessary to protect the mattress as many mattress companies will not take back a mattress for return or exchange during the warranty period if the mattress is stained. Moisture of any kind that touches the mattress top will instantly stain, leaving your mattress worthless.

Why Use a Mattress Cover

Whether you have a health condition that leaves you debilitated during the night and accidents may happen or you are in perfect health, a mattress cover is the perfect option for protection that every mattress required. In order for your mattress to last your lifetime, or most of it anyways, a mattress cover must be of high quality and worth your investment. They are washable and reusable which makes the small investment more than worth it.

Types of Mattress Covers

You can find mattress covers in options of:

Memory foam mattress covers
Allergy mattress covers
Plastic mattress covers
Satin mattress covers
Rocky Mountain Mattress covers

This is just a small list of the different mattress covers which are available for you to choose from. A mattress cover can be a great solution if you are looking to postpone the life of your mattress a bit longer by adding a memory foam mattress cover on top for added comfort and support. There are many different functions for a mattress cover and for many people comfort is number one, than protection.

You can find a great mattress cover for reasonable prices anywhere bedding is sold. Some of the more advanced covers such as the Rocky Mountain Mattress may be a bit more expensive than the others, but when you are buying you need to consider what it is worth and how many years it can last you if taken care of properly. Mattress covers are a lifetime investment so it is important to do the research and decide which one is best for you and your mattress.

What is the Size of a Queen Mattress?

Thursday, February 7th, 2008

At Rocky Mountain Mattress we try to blog about, and post the information to the questions we hear from our customers the most. One of the questions that we hear the most frequent is – What is the Size (or actual dimensions) of a Queen Size Bed? Here is a little more insight into a Queen Mattress.

When the time comes to choose a new mattress, size options are often a key concern. The most popular mattress size in the United States is the queen mattress. Exactly what is the size of a queen mattress, though, and how does it compare to other mattress sizes?

What is the Size of a Queen Mattress?

Standard queen mattress measure about 60 inches in width by 80 inches in length. This ends up being about half a foot wider than a full mattress, and 5 inches longer. For couples, this means nearly three feet of personal space in bed. Perhaps this is why the queen mattress is the nation’s most popular and most common size. A queen mattress offers both singles and couples ample space in the bed, while not requiring the significant room space needed for a king mattress.

How Does a Queen Mattress Compare to Other Mattress Sizes?

Many people “upgrade” from a full mattress to a queen mattress, while others are often left unsure of whether or not to invest in a king mattress or a queen mattress. In terms of sheer size, the queen mattress offers 30 square inches of additional space when compared to a full mattress. Many couples find a full mattress to be a bit too snug for two people, and opt for the added room of the queen mattress.

Compared to a standard king mattress, the queen mattress is the same length as a king. However, king mattresses are 16 inches wider than a queen. While this offers additional room in bed, some people find that their bedrooms simply don’t have the space to accommodate the size of the king mattress.

Because the size of queen mattresses is standard – unlike other sizes, such as the extra-long twin or the California king – finding coverings and sheets for queen mattresses is usually quite easy.

Prolonging The Life Of Your Mattress – 6 Mattress Care Tips

Wednesday, February 6th, 2008

Ensuring that you get the most life out of your mattress is an important aspect of enjoying your sleep for years to come. These helpful mattress care tips should help prolong the life of your mattress.

  • Invest in a Mattress Pad: A quality mattress pad serves several functions in prolonging the life of your mattress. A good mattress pad will bear the brunt of your weight and use of the mattress, which will help reduce the wear and tear on your mattress. Mattress pads will also catch stains before they reach your mattress. Replacing a stained mattress pad is much less expensive and much more convenient than replacing a quality mattress.
  • Turn Your Mattress Regularly: To help prevent sagging springs and unsightly sags, turn your mattress on a regular basis. Be sure to flip both vertically and horizontally.
  • Provide Support: Old, busted foundations and box spring sets may not be firm enough to provide adequate support for a high-quality mattress. When you replace your mattress, also consider replacing your foundation.
  • Carry Your Mattress On It’s Side: Instead of using the handles on the side of your mattress when you are carrying it, be sure to always carry the mattress upright on its side. The handles should only be used for positioning the mattress on the foundation, and can create sags in the mattress if carried by the handles.
  • Avoiding Smoking, Eating, & Drinking on the Mattress: Although it sounds comfortable, avoid eating & drinking on the mattress. If the mattress does get wet, be sure to quickly dry the mattress using a hair dryer or by air drying. Keeping the mattress away from smoke can also help to prolong the life of the mattress.
  • Keep Jumping to the Trampoline: Although it’s tempting, avoid jumping on the mattress and avoid letting others jump on the bed. Mattresses are not designed to withstand the weight of a person jumping on the bed.
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