Organic Mattress CareFollow these simple instructions and enjoy your healthy mattress for years to come
Always use a 100% natural fiber mattress pad
All organic mattresses, organic futons, and organic shikibutons, require the use of a Mattress Pad. The average person loses about a pint of moisture a night. Mattress pads absorb body oils and moister, preventing them from soaking into your mattress. One of our protective and washable mattress pads will double the life of your mattress, keeping it clean and dry for years to come.
Our 100%Organic cotton mattress pads are absorbent and sturdy enough to last you for years while our Organic Wool Mattress Pads have the unique ability to absorb and disperse water vapor, wicking it away from the body while actively repelling liquid, so your bed will be doubly protected.
For use in cribs, toddlers’ beds, for people with pets who sleep on the bed, or for customers who enjoy eating in bed, we recommend using both an organic wool mattress pad and a cotton mattress pad to protect against accidents. The cotton absorbs the spill as the wool repels what passes through.
Wash your mattress pad every other week or whenever you wash your sheets.
All Dream Tree Organic mattresses must be kept on a slatted frame or foundation. Slatted frames and foundations allow for proper ventilation, creating air flow underneath the mattress, evaporating moisture, and avoiding condensation. Our bodies warm up our beds at night, but solid surfaces, such as floors, solid plywood or boat berths do not warm up at the same rate, which results in accumulation of condensation that cannot fully dry out. This not only leads to compaction, shortening the life of your mattress, but to the possible growth of mold and mildew.
Another option is the Tatami Mat set up. Tatami Mats are made of compressed rice straw and woven rush grass and have been used for centuries in Japan as a durable, solid, breathable surface for traditional futons. They are particularly well-suited for use with organic shikibutons, as a single shikibuton can be uncomfortable on a slatted frame.
All mattresses, even the newer “no flip” mattresses, do in fact, need to be flipped. Flipping a mattress increases its lifespan and sustains its comfort. If a mattress is never flipped, the area of the bed where you sleep will compress and form body impressions over time. When not flipped, a mattress that is supposed to last for 20 years will only be comfortable for 5-10.
This is the reason we are so against mattresses with sewn on mattress toppers or pillow tops. A mattress topper needs to be flipped even more than a standard mattress due to its soft fibers and materials (which makes them less resistant to compression). Often when people have a mattress that is no longer comfortable, it is because the top layer has compressed; the actual mattress is still perfectly fine. – If that happens, you can just replace or revitalie your topper, saving you money.
Flip your mattress topper every other week or whenever you change your sheets. This will allow it to wear evenly and resist body impressions.
The latex portion of your mattress, what we at Dream Tree Organic Beds refer to as the “support layer“, is very resilient and long lasting. Latex doesn’t compress as fibers do, so there is little reason to worry about body impressions.
Because of this, your latex support only needs to be flipped and rotated every three to six months to allow the cotton ticking underneath your mattress topper to have equal time exposed to air.
Organic Futons & Shikibutons
To make sure your organic futon or shikibuton wears evenly, flip and rotate your bed once every week to two weeks. This will discourage body impressions and increase the life of your mattress.
Put your organic futon or shikibuton in the sun once or twice a year. Sunlight does an amazing job of reinvigorating the cotton and wool in a natural bed – wool especially regains a lot of springiness when it sits in the sun – as well as killing dust mites and mildew spores. Put your futon out on a sunny day with as much air circulating around it as possible (suspended over several chairs, on a hammock, or on a picnic table). Never leave your futon out overnight.
We’ve said this before, but it’s worth mentioning again: do not put your futon directly on the floor for extended periods of time. Even if you don’t see mildew or mold forming, it can be happening inside the mattress. Moisture exposure also accelerates compaction, reducing the lifespan of your organic futon or organic shikibuton.
Spot Cleaning/Sanitizing Accidents
Sometimes accidents happen. When the unforeseen occurs, the best thing to do is spot clean the case with water and mild detergent. Then liberally saturate the soiled area with rubbing alcohol and allow it to dry. The alcohol will sanitize the area, and it will help evaporate the spill faster than it can penetrate the mattress.
About Mold and Mildew
Mold and mildew—mold, in particular—have the potential to cause a number of health problems and can affect each person differently. Allergic reactions are most common, but mold can also cause asthma attacks and severe illness in sensitive individuals.
Mold or mildew can grow in a bed if that bed does not have proper aeration, thus leading to moisture accumulation. To make sure your mattress is properly aerated, keep mattress on a slatted frame or foundation. Slats allow air to flow underneath the mattress, reducing condensation and allowing any moisture to evaporate. Using a Organic Mattress Pad will also reduce any moisture buildup.
Unfortunately, once mold or mildew is present, it’s often too late to fix. However; if there’s just a trace of mildew or mold starting to appear, there are several steps you can take to try to save your bed. Click here for some tips on removing mold or mildew.
Combatting Dust Mites
Dust mites are one of the most common sources of household allergens. They are microscopic creatures that live in any soft material, (upholstery, carpet, or stuffing) and survive by eating dead skin cells. The mites’ excrement contains proteins that can cause allergic reactions. Dust mites love beds where they have a warm, damp environment and plenty of food.
Latex and wool are both unsuitable environments for dust mites. Any mattress you purchase from Dream Tree that contains wool or latex will be naturally dust mite resistant. For people who are particularly sensitive, we recommend frequent vacuuming with a HEPA filter-equipped vacuum cleaner. Making sure your home environment isn’t too humid, and removing cloth items from your bedroom will also go a long way towards reducing dust mites. Finally, regularly wash your sheets in hot water.