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How to Properly Clean your Memory Foam Mattress or Topper

Monday, May 13th, 2013

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Many people are excited to receive their high quality memory foam mattress or toppers, but become concerned when they first get them because they often give off a distinct smell after manufacturing. Have no fear. This is perfectly natural and while some individuals have sensitive olfactory senses, the smell is not an indication that there are any kind of dangerous chemicals in your mattress. We’ll break it all down for you; why it smells, and how to properly clean your memory foam mattress or topper.

Memory foam is made of polyurethane and this is why when it’s brand new it often has a distinct chemical-like odor. This smell has been described by some as being similar to fresh paint. Because it smells like this many individuals worry that they’re inhaling toxic fumes or chemicals, but this is not necessarily the case. Yes, the smell is produced by the type of material creating the highly dense and elastic material, but the gas emissions from the types of products creating the material are so small that they’re harmless.
Letting your new memory foam mattress or topper air out once you first get it will help considerably. While it airs out it will have a distinct odor that may fill a majority of the room at first, but be assured that this will start to go away, and eventually leave all together.

There are far more positives to owning a memory foam mattress that outweigh the negatives to be concerned about the smell. So many health issues can be resolved including joint and muscles aches, problems with the spinal column, and because the foam doesn’t allow for dust mites or mildew it controls allergies and asthma incredibly well too.

If you do find that you’re a little more sensitive to the smell than others there are ways to properly clean your mattress. It’s very important that you don’t clean your mattress like any other materials or fabrics you’re used to cleaning, which often include water-based cleaners. In fact, cleaning memory foam is done with a dry-cleaning technique that’s very simple and will remove any moisture to continue helping the memory foam from harboring bacteria and mildew.

Using baking soda and allowing for it to sit and absorb odors, moisture from sweat or body oils can refresh and keep your memory foam lasting much longer than any other type of mattress or pillow. For a great visual guide on how to clean your memory foam check out this video below!

How to Clean Memory Foam

The Strangest Sleep Disorders Ever!

Monday, March 28th, 2011

For many people, a good night’s sleep is a given. However, for those suffering from a sleep disorder, a restful night’s rest is anything but the norm. While everyone is likely to experience insomnia at one point in their life, some people have to deal with strange sleep disorders and can only hope for a full night of sleep.


Narcolepsy is probably one of the most well known sleep disorders. Individuals with narcolepsy experience excessive daytime sleepiness and can fall asleep instantly and without warning. This includes falling asleep at the most inopportune and even downright dangerous times like driving, walking, working and having a conversation.


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Nocturnal Eating Syndrome

Imagine waking up in the morning, walking into your kitchen, and seeing a half-eaten peanut butter and jelly sandwich that wasn’t there the night before. If you live alone, you may wonder if a burglar snuck into your house for a late night snack. However, the answer to this mystery may be a little closer to home – you suffer from nocturnal eating syndrome (NES). Individuals with NES are known to get up out of bed, eat or drink something and return to bed without ever waking.


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Fatal Familial Insomnia

Insomnia is irritating but fatal familial insomnia (FFI) is downright deadly. This ultra-rare genetic condition has only been identified in a handful of families worldwide. FFI usually strikes during middle age and the results are devastating. Individuals with FFI have the complete inability to sleep. The body and mind slowly degenerate and eventually a patient with FFI will slip into a coma and die.

Fatal Familial Insomnia

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Sleep Paralysis

Individuals that suffer from sleep paralysis experience partial or complete paralysis right before falling asleep or immediately upon waking from sleep. This inability to move can cause quite a bit of panic in patients that have yet to be officially diagnosed. Imagine waking up in the morning and not being able to move your major muscles. That is scary and most people wouldn’t think, “Hey, this is a sleep disorder, everything will be OK.” Instead, thoughts would turn to worst-case scenarios like a brain tumor. The good news is that prescription medicine can eliminate this strange sleep disorder.

Sleep Paralysis

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Terrifying Hypnagogic Hallucinations

If sleep paralysis wasn’t already scary enough, some patients also experience terrifying hypnagogic hallucinations that coincide with their paralysis. These hallucinations typically include an absolutely frightful character that would petrify even the most hardcore horror movie fan. Not everyone that experiences sleep paralysis suffers from these hallucinations and terrifying hypnagogic hallucinations can occur without accompanying paralysis.

Terrifying Hypnagogic Hallucinations

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Brugada Syndrome

Sleep paralysis and terrifying hypnagogic hallucinations are scary but not life threatening. Brugada Syndrome, on the other hand, is deadly. Brugada Syndrome, also known as sudden unexplained nocturnal death syndrome (SUNDS), typically strikes young adults. A seemingly healthy individual goes to sleep and has an unexpected and fatal heart attack, never to wake again. Much is still unknown about this disease but it is more prevalent in people of Asian descent.

Brugada Syndrome

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Picture History of The Mattress

Tuesday, August 11th, 2009

Evolution of The Mattress

How is Talalay Latex made?

Thursday, July 30th, 2009

Latex mattresses have been around for quite some time. However, these mattresses are gaining popularity among the general public. Top quality all natural latex mattresses are more comfortable and longer-lasting than traditional mattresses. There are two kinds of latex mattresses: Talalay mattresses and Dunlop mattresses. Let’s take a closer look at how Talalay mattresses are made.

Talalay latex mattresses use the Talalay process to manufacture and produce the latex. This process uses the finest materials and produces the finest latex.

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The Talalay process is as follows:
1. Rubber is taken from the natural rubber tree.
2. Liquid rubber is then whipped so that it becomes a foam-material. It is then poured into a mold.
3. The mold is closed and rods are inserts through the foamed rubber.
4. A vacuum is placed on top of the mold. This vaccum removes all air bubbles and pockets. It also distributes the rubber (in its liquid form) evenly throughout the mold.
5. The rods are turned on; they contain CO2 which freezes the rubber. This step is critical because it locks in the consistency.
6. Next, heat is sent through the rods. Heat provides an even temperature and delivers a consistent latex core that does not contain air bubbles, air pockets or uneven firmness.

The Talalay process does not use any chemical fillers or extenders in its products. There are a few products that are added to the rubber to convert it from a liquid to a solid material. These products are: soap, ammonia, zinc oxide and sulfur. There is a very small amount of these products in Talalay latex mattress, so these mattresses are still considered natural. Plus, the ammonia evaporates out of the finished product. The soap and the zinc oxide are washed out.

There are two main forms of Talalay latex: Blended Talalay latex and Natural Talalay Latex. Blended Talalay latex products contain 30 percent natural rubber and 70 percent synthetic rubber. Natural Talalay latex products do not use any fillers. These products use 100 percent latex rubber from the rubber tree. We use a Natural Talalay Latex top in our 9″ Talalay Latex Mattress.

The 5 Most Expensive Mattresses Ever

Wednesday, May 20th, 2009

How much did you spend on your current mattress. What is the most you have ever spent on a mattress? Can you imagine spending thousands and thousands on a mattress?
Let’s take a look at the 5 most expensive mattresses/beds…ever.

1. Janjaap Ruijssenaars Floating Bed. The Millionaire Fair in Kortrijk, Belgium hosts extravagant products from all over the world. Dutch architect Janjaap Ruijssenaar recently unveiled his floating bed. His goal was to create a usable product that didn’t use the standard laws of gravity. This floating bed uses magnetism to keep it suspended in mid air. The bed uses opposing magnets (obviously the magnets have to be industrial strength). The magnets allow the bed to float 40 cm off of the floor and can hold up to 900 kg. The full size bed costs $1.6 million. A bed that is 1/5 the size of the full size bed costs only $153,000.

Janjaap Ruijssenaars Floating Bed

2. The Vividus by Hastens. The Vividus has been the most expensive mattress for years. Those who have slept on the Vividus describe the experience as “sleeping on a cloud.” Swedish designs ensure the highest quality and most luxurious comfort. The cost of this “heaven-like” experience is $59,750.


3. VI-Spring. The Titantic was the most luxurious cruise liner to ever sail. Its interior had the finest products, including the finest mattresses. The tragedy-bound ship came with Hypnos VI-spring mattresses. These days, the mattresses run between $8,000-$20,000. Can you imagine what they paid for the VI Spring back then?


4. Hypnos. Hypnos is the most luxurious and prestigious British mattress company. The company is the only provider of mattresses for the British royal family. You can expect to pay at least $15,000 for these perfect, cashmere mattresses.


5. Duxiana is another Swedish mattress company. Duxiana is one of only three or four major luxury mattress manufactures. The cheapest Duxiana mattress costs about $4,000 while the most expensive is $8,700.

Duxiana Mattress

Now featuring a more affordable mattress by Rocky Mountain Mattress:

The Rendezvous 14″ is our most expensive bed and for good reason — this top-of-the line memory foam mattress boasts a comfort-evoking European Box Pillow Top, a velvety soft CoolMax damask, 100% natural latex, and 4 full inches of dense, high-quality 5-pound Bayer® Softcel™ Memory Foam.

5 Ways to make your bedroom more eco-friendly

Friday, April 24th, 2009

People are ‘going green’ everywhere. From cars to groceries, consumers are wanting alternative ‘green’ energy sources and are looking for ways to reduce their own personal carbon footprint. Here are five easy ways to make your bedroom more eco-friendly.

1. Lighting – The easiest way to make your bedroom more environmentally friendly is to change the lighting. Using energy efficient light bulbs can keep your energy costs down. Enough energy would be saved to power a city of 1.5 million people if just 110 million households used just one energy efficient lightbulb in their home. Not only will you cut energy costs, but the light you will get from an eco-friendly lightbulb will last longer and be brighter.

2. Furniture – You can find eco-friendly furniture everywhere these days. Vaughan-Bassett has started a program that really helps out the environment. Vaughan-Bassett has already donated over 150,000 tree seedlings to the Virginia Department of Forestry. Once these seedlings are planted, the company replaced every tree that has ever been used in the domestic production of its bedroom and dining room suites. There are also more ways to produce furniture in environmentally friendly ways.

3. Bedding – The most important thing you do to make your bedroom eco-friendly is to get eco-friendly bedding. You can easily find organic sheets, pillows and comforters. Latex mattresses are the most environmentally friendly mattresses on the market. Latex foam is found and produced naturally. These mattresses are naturally hypoallergenic, dust mite resistant, anti-microbial and anti-bacterial.

4. Rugs – Earth-friendly rugs are everywhere these days. Eco-friendly rugs are made from bamboo, jute, sisal, coir and seagrass. Rugs are a fun way to make your bedroom environmentally friendly and add a splash of personality.

5. Paint – Did you ever think you would be able to use eco-friendly paint? Low VOC or zero VOC do not contain the harmful chemicals that other paints do. These paints are safer and more efficient than regular paint.

Making your bedroom eco-friendly is easy to do these days. Use energy efficient lightbulbs, furniture, rugs and paint. Don’t stop there though, think of what you can do to help out and feel free to comment on this post to share your ideas! Making your bedroom eco-friendly is as easy as 1, 2, 3, 4, 5 with these great ideas.

6 Health benefits of using an adjustable bed

Friday, April 3rd, 2009

Adjustable beds have been around for years. An adjustable bed is just a bed that has a multi-hinged lying surface. This surface can be changed to rest in many different positions. The most common adjustment for an adjustable bed is inclining the upper body and raising the lower body, independently of each other.

Adjustable Bed

Adjustable beds have been used in hospitals for decades. Adjustable beds have become a popular trend in home health care in the past thirty years. The reason that these beds have been used in the medical field for so long, and are becoming more popular for the general public’s use is that they have so many health benefits. Let’s talk about some of the many health benefits of an adjustable bed.

1. Lower back pain. Adjustable beds have been proven to ease lower back pain. Lying on a flat surface doesn’t always keep your spinal curves aligned properly. Using a memory foam mattress with an adjustable bed can keep your spine aligned properly and supported naturally.

2. Shoulder and Neck Tension. Many people go to bed with neck and shoulder tension from a long, hard day. Many mattresses and beds do not take away this tension, but add to it. Adjustable beds can keep the upper body elevated and can keep the natural curve of the neck aligned. Some adjustable beds even offer massage settings that can really relieve shoulder and neck tension.

3. Circulatory issues. Certain mattresses and beds create pressure points because they are too firm. Pressure points decrease the amount of circulation in your body. Sleeplessness, numbness in arms and legs, and a feeling sluggish are all effects of decreased circulation. Using a memory foam or latex foam mattress with your adjustable bed can actually increase your body’s circulation. Keeping your legs and upper body slightly elevated while you sleep can also eliminate circulatory issues.

4. Asthma and other breathing difficulties. Many people who suffer from asthma have a hard time at night. By keeping the upper body elevated takes pressure off of the lungs. When this pressure is taken off of the lungs, breathing becomes much easier. Other breathing difficulties can arise while sleeping. Keeping the legs elevated can stimulate the entry of fluid into the circulatory system and out of the lungs.

5. Edema. Edema is when an abnormal amount of fluid builds up in the body. It can cause major swelling in the hands and other extremities. Keeping your legs elevated can significantly reduce edema.

6. Acid Reflux. Many people around the world suffer from acid reflux. It is caused by the lower esophageal sphincter relaxing too much. When the sphincter relaxes this much, it allows stomach acids to leak back into the esophagus. Doctors recommend elevated the head and upper body to reduce acid reflux.

There are countless health benefits to using an adjustable bed. You might find more health benefits than someone else. Adjustable beds and the right mattress can significantly improve your health.

A Brief History of the Mattress

Thursday, February 5th, 2009

A Brief History of the Mattress

What is the most important part of your bedding? Of course, your mattress. The average person spends over one-third of their lifetime sleeping. Can’t you see why it is so important to use a high quality mattress.

Mattresses come in a variety of sizes, textures, materials, etc. It isn’t very difficult to find a high quality mattress that will fit your individualized needs. In fact, it is easier and more cost effective now to get a good quality sleep.

It can be helpful to understand what our ancestors had to sleep on to really appreciate the quality of sleep that you get every night.

-Between 8,000 B.C. and 6,000 B.C., people moved from sleeping on the floor to sleeping on simple mattresses. These primitive mattresses were often made from leaves and grass and were held together by animal skin.
-The first water-bed was invented around 3,500 B.C. by the Persians. These mattresses were made from goatskins and were filled with water.
-Affluent Romans of the Roman Empire began to sleep on feather-filled mattresses around 200 B.C.
-Mattresses were filled with water, leaves, grass, hay, etc for several hundred years.
-Steel coils were patented in 1865 for the purpose of adding support to mattresses.
-A higher quality water-bed was introduced in 1873.
-The first box-spring mattress was invented during the late nineteenth century.
-Expensive latex mattresses were first introduced in 1929.
-The futon was introduced in North American during the 1940s.
-The first adjustable bed was invented in 1953.
-NASA created memory foam rubber during the 1970s.
-Air mattresses were introduced in the 1980s.
-Tempur-Pedic begins selling memory foam mattresses to the general public

Mattresses have come a long way since 8,000 B.C. Mattresses can be inexpensive and extremely comfortable now instead of being expensive and not comfortable at all.

A Mattress So Comfortable Its Hard To Get Out Of Bed In The Mornings

Wednesday, December 24th, 2008

We received this testimonial from Bob, who recently purchased a custom mattress from us. We are glad that you like it Bob, but I hope it doesn’t get you fired from work!!

Hi Dave,

I meant to write before now, but kept forgetting when online.

The mattress arrived (was it Dec.12th?) and I got it home in my Jeep. Thanks for compacting it – that really helped to get it into my trailer. I really like it – so much so that its hard to get out of bed in the mornings. The mattress fits as I had drawn it, and I am very happy with it.

Thanks, Bob

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The Importance of Choosing Quality Latex

Wednesday, November 26th, 2008

The Importance of Choosing Quality Latex

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Latex mattresses get the best customer reviews for comfort and support. As with any product, latex mattresses vary in quality and price. If you are looking for a mattress that will completely support you and give you the comfort you deserve, you might want to try out a latex mattress.

When choosing a latex mattress, there are many things to consider. You need to consider size, price, quality, etc. The most important thing to keep in mind is where the latex came from. Latex can be completely natural or completely synthetic. There are two main methods for creating latex mattresses. The Dunlop process is used more and creates firmer mattresses. The Talalay process is more expensive and creates a more “airy” mattress.

It is important to keep in mind that even 100% natural latex mattresses use a small amount of chemicals to help preserve the texture and comfort of the mattress. For instance, before latex can be made into a mattress, it has to be washed and treated. Even “organic” or “natural” mattresses use chemicals during this process.

When you go to buy a latex mattress, first consider where the latex came from. You also need to be aware of the composition of the latex. You can choose a natural latex mattress or a mattress blended with latex. Both of these mattresses offer good comfort, support and weight distribution. These factors are important in alleviating pressure points.

You need to make sure that you do your homework before buying a latex mattress. Sit down and decide which factors are important to you and which are not. Make sure you know where the latex came from, what it is composed of and which process was used in creating it. By following these simple guidelines, you can be sure to choose a quality latex mattress.

Rocky Mountain Mattress can also help you create a custom latex mattress that is perfect for you. Just take some time to fill out our form and someone will get back with you and help you build the perfect custom latex mattress that is right for you.

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