Today the migration from chemical-based products to natural organic has significantly affected sleeping habits. Many people prefer naturally made sleep surfaces that offer comfort and health. A natural latex mattress fits this category. Natural latex mattresses have enjoyed decades of popularity, and health practitioners highly recommend it.
What is Natural/Pure Latex?
To manufacture and craft a comfortable, eco-friendly, and quality natural latex mattress, it involves a complex manufacturing process involving many natural materials. Pure latex is unique rubber that is botanically produced. Natural latex is derived from trees popularly known as Hevea brasiliensis. The trees have a milky white substance. The sap is collected for processing, and it frothed to form a foamy cream whip.
The whole process gives a final product of natural latex products. The mattress is characterized by a series of holes, which are considered as latex ventilate. However, the holes have a specific and intentional purpose in the manufacturing process.
Types of Natural Latex
There are two exclusive types of pure latex. The two have significant features.
1. Dunlop Latex Method
The method involves pouring foam in a mold or large waffle iron machine. The mold is then heated at high temperatures in an oven to harden. The latex is removed and washed several, thus removing all the debris. It’s also a healthy process as it helps accommodate people with allergies and skin disorders (hypoallergenic and antimicrobial). The washing process is essential for durability and doesn’t affect the elasticity level of the mattress. The foam is later dried for final touches. Dunlop latex is natural and has excellent qualities such as durability, soft firm and comfortable.
2. Talalay Latex
The Talalay latex has its exclusive features and is more pricey compared to Dunlop. Its manufacturing process requires more time and energy. The foam is half-way poured to the large waffle-like iron base (mold). The mold is sealed, and then a vacuum is used to help expand the latex to its complete form. The foam should fill the mold, and once full, it’s placed in a freezer. The rubber is injected with carbon dioxide to form a gel-like texture. The gel is heated to harden after the hardening process. The foam is removed from the mold and washed thoroughly, and dried. The final product is softer compared to Dunlop and more bouncy. However, to have a soft feel, the Talalay is mixed with synthetic materials. Talalay is not a completely natural latex but has the best quality.
Benefits of Natural Latex Mattress
Pure latex is a health recommendation for individuals with chronic back pains. The mattresses are designed to fit all kinds of sleepers. The texture helps with natural spine alignment. The hips and shoulders easily sink into the latex mattress. Other parts are well supported to keep a balance. Health practitioners rank the natural latex mattresses as best for health and fitness.
Resistant to Dust and Mites (Hypoallergenic and Antimicrobial)
Natural latex mattresses don’t require chemical products for cleaning or keeping mites away. The natural material is thoroughly cleaned during manufacturing. A process that helps remove debris and other harmful substances. Latex mattresses are hypoallergenic and use antimicrobial materials which are designed to accommodate every user. Individuals with latex allergy can also use such mattresses as they are adequately designed not to cause any breathing complications.
Latex mattresses are derived from nature, a white sap from the rubber tree. The extraction process doesn’t involve cutting or damaging. The liquid can be drained for many years (20+). This encourages tree growth. The trees are best for the environment for better air circulation. These types of mattresses are biodegradable and will waste away fast.
Natural latex mattresses often have pinholes that help constant air circulation. These mattresses also have no chemical additives making it safe for users.
Buying a latex mattress either for you or your family could be a wise choice. There are many health benefits associated with using latex mattresses and they are better for the environment. We highly recommend checking out Una Mattress for some of the highest quality latex mattresses on the UK market.