Many mattresses contain natural fillings but you may be wondering exactly what that means. Natural fillings are anything that is made from natural sources such as animal hair or plants. There are many benefits to using natural fillings where possible such as a reduction in allergies, better heat retention and responsive comfort. So, What Natural Fillings Are In Mattresses?
Cotton is an extremely breathable fabric making it ideal for use in mattresses. It remains soft and cool whilst it wicks away any moisture. Due to it's breath-ability it has a fresh and dry feel even on the hottest nights. It's generally found in the top layers of the mattress to offer a cushion effect above the mattress springs.
Natural wool is fantastic at retaining heat which makes it a great choice for a mattress filling. Whilst wool is great for heat retention, it's also breathable which prevents the mattress from becoming too hot. It's often used as a casing around other mattress fillings to provide a soft feel. Wool is commonly used in the top layer because of it's naturally fire retardant properties.
Silk is a popular mattress cover choice in luxury mattresses. It's natural cooling abilities and moisture control help create a fresh and dry sleeping environment. Silk isn't generally found inside the mattress, it's primary use is on the top layer. With a soft, luxurious feel, it makes for a great nights sleep.
Like silk, cashmere is generally used in luxury mattresses. Commonly mistaken as wool, cashmere comes from rare cashmere goats. With such limited availability, it can be quite pricey. It's much softer and finer than traditional wool, giving it a luxurious feel. Generally used in the comfort layer or structure of high end mattresses.
Mohair is generally combined with wool when used in mattresses to create a multi-functional fabric. This fabric has incredibly elastic structure making it great for maintaining the shape of the mattress. It's generally used in the top layer of the mattress for it's stretchy and comfort properties.
Natural latex is derived from the sap of the rubber tree and is commonly used in mattresses. It's a highly responsive, elastic material that moulds to your body as you sleep. Latex is generally used in the comfort layer of the mattress above the springs. It evenly distributes body weight making it a great choice for pressure relief.
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