FAQ – Frequently Asked Questions

What are the major important factors that I should consider while deciding the type of mattress to use?

Two major aspects that any mattress provides are support and comfort, depending on the degree of support and comfort one is looking for there are an array of mattresses that one can choose from.

What are the different types of mattresses available in the market?

Coir mattresses, Poly Urethane Foam mattresses, Re-bonded Foam mattress, Latex mattresses, Bonnell Spring mattresses and Pocketed Spring mattresses are the main categories of mattresses.

How much would a good mattress cost?

Mattress as a product has evolved over the years from those made from traditional natural cotton or other unprocessed natural fibre products that were then available. Different types of mattresses based on their construction and materials used thus offering varied types of support and comfort functions are available today at MRPs ranging from Rs 4,500/- up to Rs. 1,00,000/- Investing prudently in a product on which one would rest spending 1/3rd of the day is always wise.

What is quilting and why is it required?

Quilting is a process of stitching a thin layer of low-density foam with the fabric covering the mattress that provides some comfort, improves air circulation and generally improves the looks of the mattresses.

Are mattresses made of EPE sheets safe for use?

EPE sheets are not healthy as they are not breathable and emit trapped toxic gases especially when subjected to hot temperatures and kept inside closed rooms. Mattresses made using EPE sheets though are more economical is not recommended as a healthy choice especially for use by children.

What should be the height of a mattress?

The height of the mattress depends on the height of the cot. The height from the floor to the top of the mattress shall ideally be not more than 55 cms. Therefore one should select the thickness of the mattress depending on the height of the cot.

What is Memory foam?

Memory foam is an advanced form of PU foam specifically developed by NASA for space travel. They are also used as comfort layers in mattresses as well as packing costly equipment. Memory foam has relatively less resilience and hence exerts less back pressure on ones body as compared to normal PU Foam and thus offers more comfort when used in mattresses. Mattress made from Memory foam are expensive as compared to normal mattresses.

Do mattresses sag after continuous use?

Sagging (indentation) normally occurs when the body’s weight is applied in the same sleep position over a long period of time say several weeks. It is thus advisable to rotate the mattress every three months for better durability.

How many hours should one sleep normally?

In normal conditions 7-8 hours of sleep is advised per day.

What sort of bed should I choose if I have a bad back?

For a long time, it was believed that a hard bed was good for a bad back. Nowadays it’s generally accepted that this is not necessarily the case – and could in fact cause more damage. A supportive and comfortable mattress is the best option - it doesn’t matter what type of construction it is. Any reference to beds being orthopaedic - or similar medical sounding terms - does not automatically mean that the bed has been professionally assessed or recommended - it is a term loosely used by manufacturers to refer to extra firm models in their range.

Are foam mattresses hot?

Mattresses don’t create the heat and people can get hot on beds of all constructions - and remember that age, health and medications can all affect your body’s heat control mechanisms. But foam is a good insulator and the higher the density (i.e. the better the quality) the greater the potential heat retention. Manufacturers are coming up with various novel solutions for climate control - from the cellular construction or the composition of the foam itself to aid breathability; to specially constructed ventilation layers; special springs to enhance air circulation; to warm sides and cool sides; to covers with the sort of technology you see in high performance clothing: fast drying and capable of allowing moisture to evaporate quickly.

Why are two similar mattresses so widely different in price?

Chances are they are not as similar as they seem at first glance. They might both claim to be predominantly of the same construction - but further investigation will probably reveal different material qualities; densities; amounts; etc . If you want to comparative shop you will need quite a lot of detail to make sure you are comparing like for like.

What sort of bed is best for asthma sufferers or other types of allergy?

Almost all beds will, in time, attract house dust mites, whose droppings are highly allergenic. Regular cleaning, airing and the use of protective covers will reduce the effect. Some manufacturers are now using anti-dust mite treated fabrics for tickings. Always check details of construction and materials if you suffer from any other allergies. Manufacturers will be able to supply you with details.

What is the best way to dispose of my old mattress?

• If you are buying a new mattress, then seek out a retailer who offers to take away your old one - but check what they do with them. If possible, buy from a retailer who recycles their take backs.
• Be very wary of van collectors who offer to take away bulky household waste items, such as old mattresses, for a charge. Many simply fly tip what they pick up - and some of them have been known to rent a warehouse, dump goods there, then disappear.