Now you know why we should use a mattress protector, but why you should use waterproof mattress protectors?
In order to make a decision, you need to first understand what a waterproof mattress protector does.
What is it made of?
A waterproof mattress protector is made up of 3 layers, waterproof barrier material, absorbent fill, and top material.
There are 2 types of waterproof barriers: vinyl or urethane. Urethane is breathable while vinyl is not. This is an important thing to take note for an enjoyable and comfort night rest. Urethane allows body temperature to disperse while vinyl reflects body heat back to your skin making you feel warm and uncomfortable. Vinyl tends to harden and crack and they are not dryer safe or wash machine safe compared to Urethane. Waterproof mattress protectors with Urethane waterproof barrier are more expensive but last longer.
Next, the absorbent filling found between the top material and waterproof barrier the thicker it is the plusher and absorbent it becomes. However, if you are looking for a cover that is easy to wash and dries quickly, less may be more.
Finally the top material, while shopping for a waterproof mattress protector, you will mainly come across 2 types of top material, 100% high quality cotton and cotton blend (a.k.a poly cotton.) 100% high quality cotton is the best choice to go for as it is highly breathable which is important as it is the next layer after your bed linen to have contact with body heat. Additionally, with 100% high quality cotton, it last longer and more durable against washing compared to top material made of cotton blend.
What does a waterproof mattress protector do?
Similar to normal mattress protector, it is anti-dust mite, anti-fungus, anti- bacteria. It helps to restrain moisture in the air, body moisture and dust mite, from entering your mattress and lengthen the life span of your mattress. However, it has an extra benefit of not just doing those mentioned above, it does not just absorb in moisture, it helps to create a barrier preventing excess liquid from event of water spill and bed wetting, plus prevent bed wetting stain. It’s easier to wash your bed linens and mattress protector in these events than to wash your mattress.
Is waterproof mattress protector suitable for just children/ bed ridden elderly?
That is a misinformed thinking. It is suitable for everyone, as the waterproof mattress protector works like a normal mattress protector, its additional waterproof barrier material helps to restrain large amount of room moisture and body moisture. Thus, keeping your mattress safer, clearer to sleep on plus stopping body smell (from perspiration) from entering your mattress.