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Latex Pouring Explained, Dunlop vs. Talalay

Thursday, August 14th, 2008

I am often asked to define (or explain) what each method of latex pouring is: ie the Dunlap vs. Talalay methods, so I want to explore this option a little more for the Rocky Mountain Mattress Blog readers.

Latex comes in two different forms. Natural latex is composed of 95% natural rubber. Synthetic rubber is made of chemicals that are processed to form rubber. There are also two forms of latex pouring. The Dunlap method is more traditional and cost effective. The Talalay method provides the benefits of natural latex with chemicals.

Natural latex is a milky white liquid made of tiny rubber particles. The liquid is whipped with air. This whipping action forms the foam. The liquid is then formed into a mold where it is then heated. It is heated until it becomes a spring like rubber material. This method is fairly straight forward and is cheaper than the Talalay method.

The Talalay method requires more steps than the Dunlop method. It produces a more resilient form of latex and also a finer product. Soap and other curing products are mixed with raw latex. Computers are used during this process to check the temperature and viscosity of the mixture to ensure uniformity. Once the mixture is cooled, it is then whipped with air, similar to the Dunlop method. It is whipped until the consistency becomes similar to soft-serve vanilla ice cream. Then, the liquid is poured into molds. Iron rugs are moved up and down throughout the liquid while it hardens to form the open-cell structure.

The next step in the Talalay process requires a vacuum. The vacuum is used to remove air bubbles and make sure the mixture is spread evenly throughout the mold. Next, the latex is frozen. This prevents anything from settling at the bottom and ensures each particle is evenly mixed. Heat is used next to again make sure that no air is left in the foam. Then, the foam is taken out of the molds and washed at least five times. This removes any soap residue or other chemical agents. The foam is then dried. The final step is impact testing. Uneven pieces are removed and the final latex foam is cut into slabs and stored.

The Dunlop method of latex pouring uses natural latex. This method is a shorter process and is more inexpensive. The Talalay method combines natural latex and synthetic latex to create an open cell structure. This is a longer process and is more expensive. Both methods produce a good quality latex product that can then be used in latex mattresses.

What Is The Difference Between Latex And Memory Foam

Wednesday, August 13th, 2008

I love that our customers ask questions about our products because it shows me they are really trying to research their purchase and make the best choice for them. I wanted to address a question I get asked several times a day in hopes of getting this information out there online, to inform all! The question is – What is the difference between latex and memory foam?

Shopping for a mattress is a very important decision. You will be sleeping on this mattress for several years and you need to make sure you will be getting the best night’s sleep possible. Many people don’t realize or understand the difference between memory foam and latex. Make sure you understand the difference before you pick out the best mattress for you.

Memory foam is an artificial product.

memory foam and Latex

Click on image above to see full comparison chart of Memory foam vs Latex

It can be manufactured in several ways. It is made up of open cells, which are millions of balloons with holes in them. There are several benefits for using a memory foam mattress. It is temperature sensitive and is heavier than latex. Memory foam conforms to your body while you sleep by pushing air from one cell to another. This provides strong support to your neck and back and relieves pressure points.

There are two types of latex: natural latex and synthetic latex. Natural latex is obviously a natural product, while synthetic latex can be manufactured chemically.

all natural latex
Latex is made of tiny rubber particles. These particles are dispersed in water to form a milk-like liquid. There are two main ways to build latex mattresses. The Dunlop method is the traditional and most inexpensive method. Talalay latex require am 8 hour, 7 step process and produces and finer form of latex. The Talalay method is a mixture of natural and synthetic latex. This method ensures durability and support by providing an open cell structure. It also provides elasticity, conformity and air circulation. This method is the best way to go if you are looking for something to keep you warm in the winter and cool in the summer. The Dunlop method tends to be a hotter mattress.

It is very helpful to understand the differences between memory foam and latex. It also helps to know that there is two kinds of latex mattresses. Each product is very different from the other. Memory foam uses your body heat to warm the foam and soften it in order to conform to your body. Latex provides instant recovery while memory foam uses a slow recovery method. Make sure you try out both types of mattresses and understand the difference so you can get the best mattress for your preferences.

How Often Should I Replace My Mattress?

Tuesday, August 12th, 2008

I am very thankful for the amazing customers we have here at Rocky Mountain Mattress. I often get asked the question – How often should I replace my mattress? To answer that question so people do not think I am just trying to sell more mattresses, I did some research that I want to share with all who read this blog, and are wondering if its time to replace their mattress as well. The Better Sleep Council says every 5-7 years, and there is good reason for that so just read on.

Many people think that when they buy a mattress, it will last them 20 years or more. Although your mattress may appear to be in good shape, you need to take a careful assessment of its performance. Is your mattress giving you the support that it once did? Is it still comfortable to sleep on? Are you waking up feeling refreshed? Do you wake up with any sort of back or neck pain? If you answered yes to any of these questions, it may be time to replace your mattress.

better sleep council

The Better Sleep Council recommends that you replace your mattress every five to seven years. However, there are many factors to consider. This recommendation may need to be altered depending on the quality and life of your mattress. A mattress used for a guest room won’t need to be changed as often as a mattress that is used every night. When you bought your mattress, was it top-quality or was it a cheap-o that you got on clearance. Inexpensive mattresses probably should be changed more frequently due to a lesser quality.

Not only will your mattress change over time, but your body will change too. Your body may need more support now than when you were 16. Studies have shown that a person needs more comfort and support while they sleep as they get older. Weight gain or loss may also affect the performance of your mattress.

It may seem inconvenient to change your mattress every few years. It is well worth it though. Your sleeping patterns and needs will change over time. It’s important that your mattress is providing you the best nights sleep possible. Examine your needs and your mattress quality every five to seven years. You will be more productive and happy if you are getting the sleep you need on a new mattress every several years.

6 Tips For Waking Up Refreshed

Monday, August 11th, 2008

Have you not been sleeping well at night? Do you wake up in the morning feeling sluggish? Without a good night’s rest, you won’t be very productive during the day. Make sure you follow these tips if you want to wake up feeling refreshed.

1. Early to Bed, Early to Rise. Try choosing an earlier bedtime. You will be able to accomplish more in the morning if you go to bed early. You will also be more alert and ready to tackle whatever the day may throw you.

2. Schedule Problems? Take a look at your nightly schedule. If you feel that you can’t make it without watching your favorite late night T.V. show, record it and watch it during the day or on the weekend. Turn off your phone if you have to. Make a commitment to go to bed early and don’t let anything stand in the way of that.

3. Consistency. Your body needs some sort of consistency in order to thrive. If you go to bed one at 9:00 P.M. one night and 1:00 A.M. the next night, your body won’t know what to expect. Go to bed around the same time every night so your body can get used to your routine. Your body will get the hang of it and you’ll get tired around the same time each night.

4. Prepare. Before you go to bed, set the mood. Set the thermostat at a comfortable temperature so you won’t have trouble falling asleep. You can’t really fall into a good sleep if you are too hot or too cold. Put a night light in the bathroom. If you have to go to the bathroom in the middle of the night, make sure you won’t have to flip on the bathroom light. Doing this will awaken your senses and you’ll have a harder time falling asleep.

5. Make sure it’s right. Get a mattress that is absolutely comfortable for you. Take Goldilock’s advice and try out several different mattresses until you find the one that is perfect for you. Your mattress may be the most important thing to waking up refreshed.

6. Different sounds. It is so easy to become familiar with your alarm. Switch it up. Try waking up to different sounds. This will help you wake up faster and become more alert.

If you want to feel more refreshed when you wake up in the morning, try these simple tips. Adjust each tip to work with your schedule and your body. Don’t go through another day without getting a productive night’s sleep.

The Main Cause Of Memory Foam Damage, And What To Do To Prevent It

Friday, August 8th, 2008

I get asked the question all the time – Why compressing foam for shipping and storage for extended periods of time is damaging to the foam? I wanted to take the time to answer this, in hopes to inform those that are looking into purchasing memory foam (from us or not) so they do not damage their memory foam – especially before they have even had the chance to enjoy it. So here goes –

Memory foam is becoming increasingly popular. Many people with chronic back pain, neck pain or other health problems have found these products to be very beneficial. The memory foam forms to your body while you sleep and gives you more support. It is important to understand different aspects of memory foam because it will prolong the life of your mattress.

Memory foam has to be compressed in order to be shipped and stored. However, the wrong kind of compression can actually be more harmful than helpful. There are mainly two ways foam mattresses can be compressed: vacuum compression and hydraulic compression. Vacuum compression removes all air from the mattress before it is rolled. Hydraulic compression uses two large objects to smash the foam before being rolled. As you can imagine, hydraulic pressure causes damage to the foam because the foam is smashed. Vacuum compression is safe to use on high quality memory foam products.

compressed memory foam rolled up

Although compression is necessary to ship and store memory foam, it is not ideal. Memory foam needs to be give the opportunity to mold into its original position. Thus, it isn’t ideal for it to be stored in a tight roll. Try to find a memory foam mattress that hasn’t had the amount of stress caused by long term shipping and storage.

The 4 Most Expensive Mattresses On The Globe

Wednesday, August 6th, 2008

Rocky Mountain Mattress offers high end specialty mattresses, but memory foam and latex is not the most expensive bed by any means of the imagination. I got asked a great question today – What are the most expensive mattresses on the globe? So I want to answer it, and share some pretty cool mattress history.

People have been searching for the best mattress for quite some time. Each person has a different preference on mattresses and mattresses can range from reasonably priced to very expensive. In 2002, the average mattress in the United States was $600. Can you imagine spending over $50,000 for a mattress? Believe it or not, there are mattresses that cost that much.

The Vividus:

the vividus mattress

The Vividus is the most expensive mattress on the globe. Those who have tried it agree that it’s name, meaning “full of life”, is fitting. The mattress is made by the Swedish company Hastens. If you can afford the over $59,750 to purchase this mattress for your home, you’ll agree that sleeping on it is like “sleeping on a cloud.”

The Hypnos Mattress:

The Hypnos Mattress

England is home to the mattress manufacturer Hypnos. The company is the only provider of mattresses for the British royal family. Hypnos holds to the highest standards and will completely throw away an entire container of cashmere if it isn’t perfect. In fact, workers spend a lot of effort to ensure the highest quality in their beds. Calico cotton is used to cover over 4,000 mattress springs by hand, for each bed. Even the damask covers are hand-woven. You’ll pay at least $15,000 for this kind of comfort.

There are mainly four major companies that produce these luxury mattresses. Hastens and Duxiana are Swedish based companies, while Hypnos and VI-Spring come from England. Hastens mattresses range from $3,000 to $16,000 (with the Vividus cost over $50,000). Hypnos mattresses start at $6,000 and go to $12,000. The cheapest mattress Duxiana makes is $4,000, while their top model costs $8,700. VI-Spring mattresses range anywhere from $8,000 to $20,000. In fact, VI-Spring provided the mattresses on the cruise ship Titanic.

If you shop at these fine retailers, expect to pay at least $3,000 for a good nights rest. It’s hard to believe that people pay these prices for luxury mattresses. If you’ve got money to spend, why spend it on the most expensive mattresses on the globe when you can have the most comfortable memory foam mattress in the world (by Rocky Mountain Mattress of course) for the price of what a “normal” costing bed would run.

“My Fingers No Longer Fall Asleep”, A Mattress Topper Testimonial

Tuesday, August 5th, 2008

At ages 61 and 66, my husband and I have a high-end of the line Sealy mattress we expect to sleep on for the rest of our lives.

So, when our son said you guys need to try this mattress topper, our reaction was something like,”no way, we just invested a small fortune in this and it will be fine.”

Thank goodness for a kind son who gives nice presents! We didn’t want it. We thought we didn’t need it. Wow! Why didn’t he send it sooner! My fingers no longer fall asleep. I feel so comfortable when I wake up. My back and legs feel rested. I can’t believe the difference this aerus mattress topper makes.

I would advise anyone to check with a son who likes to give presents or buy one for yourself. It is really worth it. Tom & Carol S.

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