Over the course of time, your mattress can get soiled. Your skin contains oils that eventually seeps into your mattress. Using a mattress pad offers an additional layer of protection that will slow down the oils and other liquids that your bed may come in contact with, before they can reach your mattress.
Mattresses can be cleaned using a portable carpet cleaner or hand attachment. However, using a mattress pad will reduce the frequency of that cleaning.
It is important to note that many mattresses are constructed with surprisingly rough synthetic fabrics. Furthermore, the surface of the most widely used construction style (which is a spring/coil style) is convoluted because of the tufting on the top surface of the mattress.
While your bed linens may be soft, they are also thin and will do a poor job of insulating your body from the rough surface of a mattress, just like the one shown above.
There are a variety of different construction styles which include simple felt pads, foam toppers, and feather beds. We will just discuss a few of the more popular varieties here.
Better mattress pads are usually quilted and contain three layers.
The batting or fill is the middle layer. This can be made from a wide array of materials, such as cotton, down, wool, spun polyester, and silk. This batting helps in evening out the contorted, tufted surface of the mattress.
The under layer is the one that rests on top of your mattress.
The most popular style of mattress pads are equipped with a skirt, which is sewn around the periphery of the pad. This actually resembles a fitted sheet. It is elasticized to fit snugly and also tucks under the entire mattress.
Another mattress pad style is the anchored strap type. This style can be best described as a quilted pad with elastic straps at each of the pad’s four corners. The straps actually help to secure the mattress in place. This construction style is generally one of the cheaper-priced mattress pads.
The lowest-priced mattress pads do not have any attachments. These pads simply lay on top of the mattress. This style could be something as simple as a piece of felt and can also be quilted. However, it is more prone to slippage or movement.