Allergy Mattress Covers
There are mattress covers and there
are allergy mattress covers. What is the difference?
A mattress cover is designed to
protect the mattress from soil and the oils from your
skin that can come through the sheets. The mattress
cover is on the bed to protect the mattress from you.
allergy mattress cover is there to protect you from
all the allergens that collect in your mattress.
The traditional mattress cover may
be made of cotton or some sort of cotton blend.
Sometimes, people will even put a vinyl cover on the
mattress to give water-proof protection. Great for the
mattress, not so great for the person trying to sleep on
the mattress. Vinyl makes noise when the sleeper moves
or shifts and because water vapor can build up under the
cover it makes for hot sleeping.
The allergy mattress cover is made
from special barrier cloth fabrics. These fabrics can
be all cotton, all polyester, a blend of cotton and
polyester. The fibers used to make the fabric are so
tightly woven that normal household allergens cannot
penetrate the allergy mattress cover. This means that
whatever allergens, such as molds, dust mites, dust mite
feces, pollens, and animal allergen coated fur and
dander are trapped under the cover. When shopping for
an allergy mattress cover, ask about the average (or
mean) pore size.
This is the amount of space
(measured in microns) that exists between the fibers in
the weave. For best protection, find something with a
pore size of 8 microns or less. The smaller the pore
size in your allergy mattress cover, the better the
allergy mattress cover can protect you. The smallest
pore sizes will be found in allergy mattress covers that
are made of all polyester. This is because polyester is
a strong fiber and can withstand tight weaving.
However, allergy mattress covers that are made from all
polyester feel a bit slick and do not have the feel of
Allergy mattress covers that are made of all
cotton will have a larger pore size. This is because
cotton is not as strong as polyester and cannot be woven
as tightly without the fiber breaking. The allergy
mattress cover that is made from all cotton will be soft
and cool, but might not last as many years as the all
Some all cotton allergy mattress
covers are samphorized. This is a process where the
cotton is treated with pressure and steam to shrink and
hold the pore size. If you buy an all cotton allergy
mattress cover, this is something you want to ask
Allergy mattress covers can also be made with
cotton and polyester blends. This allows the allergy
mattress cover to give all the protection of the more
tightly woven polyester and with all the comfort of the
all cotton fabric. Also, an allergy mattress cover that
is made from a blend of polyester and cotton can be
expected to last for years.
No matter the fabric you pick for
your allergy mattress cover, make sure it is made with a
heavy duty zipper. A fitted allergy mattress cover does
not provide the protection necessary for most allergic
people. However, in some instances (such as adjustable
beds or during travel) a zippered mattress cover
is not practical and a fitted mattress cover is the only
No matter the style or fabric of
allergy mattress cover, it is important that the
bedding on top of the allergy mattress cover be washed
every 7 days in 140 degree water. If you like to use a
mattress pad or egg crate or feather bed for added
cushion to your bed, be sure to put those items under
your mattress cover. The first layer on top of
your mattress cover should be your fitted sheet.
A good allergy mattress cover is an
investment that will protect both you and your mattress.
Wishing you the best of