Choosing a Waterproof Mattress Protector

There are numerous reasons that people decide to purchase a waterproof mattress protector. For parents with small children, it helps protect the mattress from bed-wetting. For people with incontinence, a waterproof mattress protector gives them peace of mind knowing that their mattress is protected in the event of an accident. Some people who have allergy issues may also choose to use a waterproof mattress protector. Others just want to ensure that nothing will damage their mattress. With the large selection of mattress protectors on the market, how does someone choose one? Much of that depends on personal preferences and needs of the buyer. Here are some common questions and answers to address the issue of how to choose the right waterproof mattress protector.

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  1. How many different types of waterproof mattress protectors are there?
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    There are two main types of waterproof mattress protectors. One type only covers the top and sides of the mattress. It fits onto the mattress in a similar fashion as a fitted sheet and is held securely onto the mattress with an elastic band. The second type covers the entire mattress, even underneath, and is secured with a zipper.

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  2. What is the difference between a vinyl and urethane mattress protector?
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    Vinyl mattress protectors are generally more economical; however, they are not breathable and can be hot to sleep on. They also take a long time to dry out after an accident. Urethane mattress protectors are more expensive; however, they are quiet, washable, allow heat to transfer, and generally last longer.

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  3. How does someone know what size of waterproof mattress protector to buy?
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    While length and width are typically standard on most mattresses, i.e. king, queen, full, and twin, it is still a good idea to measure a mattress before purchasing a protector. This is especially the case with depth. Mattresses vary widely in depth because there are now so many types of mattresses. There is pillow-top, memory foam, and other styles to take into account. So depth is an important measurement before purchasing a protector.

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  4. Do these waterproof protectors provide any extra cushioning to the mattress?
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    Waterproof mattress protectors generally do provide extra cushioning for a comfortable night of rest. Materials with cushioning include cotton, cotton with a silk cover, synthetic fiber, feathers, wool, or fleece. Many of them also are quilted. The quilting helps hold the filling in place so that the protector is evenly covered with cushioning. Some quilted covers are dry clean only, so it is important to check the care instructions.

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  5. How are waterproof mattress protectors cared for?
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    As a general rule, the less the protector is exposed to external elements, the longer it should last. They should always be covered by a fitted sheet. This helps to reduce the frequency of washing. If there is an accident or spill, the waterproof mattress protector should be cleaned up immediately, otherwise, it may stain.

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  6. What kind of materials are waterproof mattresses made out of?
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    The type of materials can vary in waterproof mattress protectors. Generally, the better quality the material, the more expensive the mattress cover. Inexpensive mattress covers are usually made of plastic or rubberized materials and are noisy whenever a person shifts in their bed. They can also cause the sleeper to sweat and get too warm. More expensive ones are usually made from synthetic, hypoallergenic materials that are breathable.

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  7. What purpose does a waterproof overlay serve?
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    The overlay, which fits over the top and sides of the mattress like a fitted sheet, is good for preventing small to medium sized accidents. Usually, these are quilted with soft pieces of fabric that have a protective waterproof layer.

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  8. What is the best option for someone who suffers from allergies?
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    Waterproof mattress protectors are a good option for those who suffer from allergies because they may help to limit exposure to the allergens. The best option in protectors is one that completely encloses the mattress and is secured with a zipper. This type can help to prevent exposure to dust mites and household dust.

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