A Guide to Mattress Protectors
MATTRESS PROTECTORS BUYING GUIDE
There is an important question which must be asked, and that is; is your mattress wearing the proper protection? If your answer is No, then you need to know why your mattress needs protection by reading this guide.
The most popular reason why people buy mattress protectors is to prolong the life of your mattress and ensure that the warranty is safeguarded. This is so because if you get your mattress stained or ripped, then the warranty is off. There are tighter restrictions about stains – usually stained mattresses cannot be returned for service or replacement.
Mattress protectors are also effective in protecting against dust mites. An average adult sheds about one and a half grams of skin every day, and did you know that the dust-mites already living on your mattress feed on this skin to survive.
If you have been searching for a type of mattress protector to buy, then this buying guide would definitely be of help.
Why Should My Mattress be protected?
Before you go shopping for mattress protectors, do you even know why you need one actually? If not, here are the main reasons why you may need one:
- Helps protect from every day wear and tear
- You can upgrade to a waterproof fabric for protection against liquids and spills. All of Milky Sheet’s mattress protectors feature a thin, waterproof layer against spills and liquids.
- Helps protect against dust mites and pet dander
- Provides comfort if you have chosen one with light padding
There are so many different types of mattress protectors to choose from. They vary in style, thickness and fabric type. The type you choose should depend on your preferences, mattress and requirements
Not sure where to begin? You can start by differentiating one fabric from the other.
The normal cotton mattress protector does the basic job of providing adequate protection. They are less expensive and easy to maintain. Available in cotton terry toweling for waterproof protectors.
If you have a memory foam mattress that gets hot easily, you should choose one with a cooling fabric such as bamboo or one that features Coolmax® technology. Milky Sheets has recently launched a new line of Coolmax® mattress protectors.
More thicker than cotton and terry toweling fabrics, their slight padding provides a bit more comfort. If you like the feel of the outer fabric of bamboo memory foam pillows, then you may look into these.
Usually blended cotton, these are more superior than the standard cotton protectors as discussed below. Available in bamboo terry toweling for waterproof protectors.
Reasons why bamboo mattress protectors are better
There are loads of benefit you can derive from using a bamboo mattress protector.
- Super Soft - Comparing bamboo to cotton is like comparing cashmere to wool which would give you a more soft and luxurious feel.
- Skin Friendly - For those that have any form of skin allergies or sensitive skin, bamboo fabric is the best for you.
- Moisture Wicking - Bamboo fabric will always absorb moisture away from your skin, and this would help keep you cooler and drier during the night. It also resists odour.
- Thermo Control - Bamboo fabric is also breathable and it performs extraordinarily well regardless of the temperature.
- Bamboo is great for the environment – Bamboo is highly sustainable, and it is gradually becoming an increasing alternative to cotton. According to research, bamboo is the fastest growing plant in the world currently and it would always yield more than cotton even with the same plot of land.
Types of Protectors
Full Encasement – these mattress protectors are a case for your mattress and provide total protection. The only drawback in installing it and removing it, as it could be challenging to lift up your entire mattress off your bed.
Fitted – These are the easiest to install and remove as they go on easily like a fitted sheet. The sides are usually a polyester mesh that is adjustable to several mattress depths.
Elastic Strap – This is similar to the fitted mattress protector except the straps secures the mattress in place. These are more common for cots and bassinets.
This buyers guide must have helped you in a way or the other, and for those that are still contemplating buying a mattress protector, you can always go through the guide again or contact us for any questions, and be rest assured that you would get something which would suit your requirements.
- Milky Sheets Team
Bamboo Pillow Benefits
Bamboo pillows come with a range of health and comfort benefits which clearly set them ahead as the top choice for anyone looking for long-lasting style for a good night’s rest. From memory foam manufactured from bamboo, to silky soft bamboo covers, there are many bamboo pillow benefits to be found. These span everything from healing applications to eco-friendly sustainability.
Here we’ll be taking a closer look at bamboo pillow benefits, pointing out what makes them the very best type of pillow regardless of your budget.
What are Bamboo Pillows Made of?
Before we can understand how bamboo pillows supply you with a superior quality of sleep and a host of healing benefits, we first need to look at what bamboo pillows are made of.
Bamboo is classified as a woody grass, scientifically classified as part of the bambusoideae family. It is one of the most sustainable sources of hardwood, which is then processed into bamboo fiber. Thanks to the rapid growth rate akin to grass, but with heights reached as high as a tree, bamboo trees continue growing after they have been cut and harvested.
Processing the Raw Bamboo
Raw bamboo is extremely stiff and rough before undergoing a rigorous manufacturing process. A treatment process involves crushing the bamboo to a pulp, before chemicals are added. Two main varieties of bamboo fibers are commonly manufactured, namely bamboo viscose, and rayon from bamboo.
You will find that most bamboo pillows are filled with a blend of memory foam and either viscose from bamboo, or rayon. In addition, the pillow cover is also typically made from viscose or rayon. Viscose rayon is semi-synthetic, while rayon yarn is spun from a pulping extract of bamboo.
The Many Benefits of a Bamboo Pillow
Switching to a bamboo pillow brings a host of health and comfort benefits. Not only do most bamboo pillows feel silky smooth and conform to the contours of your neck, head, and shoulders extremely well, but they are also hiding a range of inherent helpful qualities. Here’s a look at the benefits which you will get when opting for a bamboo pillow.
Remarkable Antimicrobial Properties
Regenerated bamboo fibers, otherwise known as bamboo viscose, carry bamboo kun which is a natural, inherent antimicrobial agent. Bamboo fabric is light and breathability, with superb resistance to odor-causing bacteria, as well as insects such as mites and bed bugs. Most good bamboo pillows are designed to be as hypoallergenic as possible, assisting the fabric’s ability to prevent infestations of microorganisms. Bamboo pillows and bedding are not susceptible to mildew, mold, or bacteria.
Excellent Weight and Temperature Distribution
Pillows filled with a combination of memory foam and bamboo are known to have outstanding weight distribution, perfectly supporting the full form of your head, neck, and shoulders.
A good pillow will conform to your body contours, holding its shape well which gives you relief thanks to excellent ergonomics. Bamboo pillows are covered with a fabric woven from bamboo viscose or bamboo rayon, both of which disperse and regulate temperature extremely well, staying cool during the warmth months, and retaining heat during the cold.
Outstanding Moisture Absorption
Another innate benefit of bamboo pillows is their moisture-wicking ability. The viscose from bamboo or rayon from bamboo cover will efficiently absorb and disperse moisture, while the antimicrobial properties present ensure that no odor-causing bacteria are left to breed.
Unlike cotton, the majority of the moisture accumulated is allowed to evaporate into the air, rather than being absorbed. You are kept dry and comfortable even when the heat causes you to sweat. Cool to the touch at all times, bamboo sheets are simply the best at keeping you dry and comfortable.
With a 300-thread count bamboo viscose or rayon being equivalent to 1000-thread count cotton, bamboo textiles are clearly superior. Your pillow will remain silky smooth and soft to the touch even after extensive use and many cycles through the washer and dryer. Bamboo pillows are much softer than cotton and last far longer as well.
They also stay clean for longer periods of time thanks to the moisture dispersion and antimicrobial properties. Your pillow does not need to be washed with any fabric softener to retain its silky feel. It does not wrinkle and is fully machine washable.
Unbeatable Bamboo Pillows
The support and comfort supplied by superior quality bamboo pillows is utterly unbeatable. You are given excellent ergonomic support for your head and neck, while the feel of the fabric itself could not be more luxurious. Thanks to the antimicrobial nature of bamboo fabrics, you pillow stays cool, fresh, and dry no matter the circumstances or environment.
Ensure yourself a good night’s rest by picking a bamboo pillow. Both completely organic bamboo pillows and semi-synthetics such as rayon and viscose from bamboo are equally comfy and long lasting, while remaining extremely affordable as well.
- Milky Sheets Team
Bamboo Sheets and Thread Count
Bamboo Sheets Thread Count
When picking out a new set of sheets, care needs to be taken to select sheets which not only feel great upon first purchase, but will continue to retain their appearance, feel, and moisture absorption even after extended use. Bamboo fabric is far softer than cotton at a lower thread count and holds outstanding natural moisture wicking and absorption which lasts.
Sheets made from bamboo viscose or rayon are sold at a fraction of the price of 1000-thread count cotton, matching its quality and silky softness at a far lower count. Here we’ll be explaining bamboo sheets’ thread count and showing you why you get a softer, longer lasting sheet for a fraction of price of high-end cotton.
Lightweight and Luxurious
Bamboo fabrics are lightweight thanks to the rounded, elongated nature of the bamboo fibers used to spin the yarn. A lustrous, thick, soft texture is achieved with a very low thread count, helping keep bamboo towels, bedding, and other creations extremely light while sacrificing no aspect of quality. A great deal of praise has been given to luxury 1,000-thread count Egyptian cotton, yet bamboo viscose, rayon, and lyocell bamboo fabrics match the elegance and silky softness at a 300-thread count.
Why Does Bamboo Feature a Lower Thread Count?
Cotton fibers are far shorter than bamboo fibers, regardless of the individual manufacturing process employed. These fibers then spun to fabric, resulting in a higher thread count than cotton when aiming to produce a textile which is soft and smooth to the touch. In addition, cotton fibers also have minute spurs which can irritate your skin even if the fabric feels silky smooth.
Bamboo fibers are rounded and elongated, without the presence of any spurs or barbs, making them perfect for young children or people with sensitive skin. The natural tubular structure of bamboo fibers ensures that you’re the textile is plush, reducing the amount of piling needed to manufacture the fabric from the raw material.
Thread Count Considerations
Short staple fibers are often woven into short lengths of bedding fabric. The total span of the fiber of your fabric has a great effect on the quality and feel. Even a 1,000 thread count cotton sheet can quickly loose its softness after a few washes if the staple length of the fabric used was too short.
Manufacturers use a silicone-based spray that helps the short cotton fibers remain compacted together, negating the effects of pilling for a short period of time. There are no such practices found when purchasing bamboo fabrics and products, as the naturally long fibers require no synthetics to be spun into large staple lengths.
Bamboo – The Best Choice
When shopping for supremely soft cotton sheets, one needs to pay careful attention to the thread count; however, bamboo sheets exceed expectations without needing to worry ever whether or not you have select the right quality fabric. Even affordably priced bamboo sheets typically start at a 250 to 300 thread count which feels at times smoother than high-end cotton even when at the lower end of the scale.
- Milky Sheets Team
Are Bamboo Sheets Better Than Cotton?
Are Bamboo Sheets Better Than Cotton?
Cotton comes in many varying qualities, from textiles which carry a very low thread count to ultra-luxurious offerings such as Egyptian cotton. You will find that mid-range cotton is far cheaper than bamboo sheets, but this does not necessarily make it better. A 300-thread count rayon or bamboo viscose is equivalent to a 1,000-thread count cotton. This is hinting towards the enhanced durability, superior stretch, and density of the fibers present in sheets made from bamboo.
When one looks towards the better-quality types of cotton fabric available, the softness and quality comes near to that of bamboo. Here we’ll be taking you through the strengths of bamboo sheets, highlighting the areas where they are far superior to cotton bedding.
Better Breathability and Silky Smooth
Egyptian cotton is often termed the ‘king of all cotton’ due to its great breathability, softness, and moisture wicking. Yet bamboo sheets are naturally more breathable than any form of cotton. They do not absorb the oils from sweat like cotton does, instead dispersing them over the surface of the fabric till it evaporates.
Bamboo fibers are much smoother and rounder than cotton fibers, resulting in fabrics which are non-irritating, even to sensitive skin. Cotton fibers have barb-like structures which can become abrasive over time. The short length of the cotton fibers combined with the hooks which they possess often results in a fabric of a low quality, being held in a smooth arrangement thanks to the use of silicon spray. Bamboo sheets need no chemical treatments and stay soft.
Superior Thermal Regulation
Thanks to the moisture wicking and unique density and arrangement of the bamboo fibers, bamboo sheets have excellent thermal regulation. They keep you warm during the winter, but cool in the hottest of weather. Those who have trouble with night sweats or hot flashes will love the temperature regulation of bamboo bed sheets and pillows.
Bamboo Sheets Are Great for Your Health
Cotton is gentle to the touch but holds no inherent health benefits. Bamboo sheets are manufactured to be as hypoallergenic as possible, taking full advantage of the natural antibacterial and antimicrobial properties of bamboo. Bamboo sheets are the best choice for anyone who suffers from lung-related disorders such as asthma, while helping any user experience a calm, healthy sleep. The fabric defies dust mites and other pathogens, while completely preventing the buildup mold and mildew as well.
Sustainable and Safe Bamboo Textiles
Cotton is one of the most pesticide-intensive crops on Earth, making the production of cotton extremely detrimental to the environment. Toxic by-products are produced when certain bamboo linen manufacturing is carried out; however even this is a fraction of the harm caused by cotton.
Organic bamboo linen is manufactured from sustainable sources which require up to 90% less irrigation than cotton, while needing no pesticides. Bamboo grows very quickly and can even be planted on arid ground. Bamboo sheets are not just the best choice for those looking for high levels of comfort, but for those seeking an eco-friendly option as well.
Are Bamboo Sheets Cooler Than Cotton?
Bamboo sheets are much cooler than cotton. There are numerous factors which contribute to the cool nature of bamboo textiles.
Firstly, bamboo cells retain 40% more water than those of cotton, which translates to 100% more than polyester. They also do not absorb oils from your skin, instead dispersing it over the surface of the fabric until evaporation has taken place. These two factors in combination with the naturally high breathability of bamboo, result in bed sheets which are wonderfully warm in cold weather, holding in the heat beneath the covers, and instantly cool to the touch when it’s hot.
They are the best sheets for anyone who battles with sweating, never absorbing odors or having their color tainted. The temperature regulation of bamboo bedding is unbeatable.
Bamboo vs. Cotton
Bamboo comes with a host of benefits which make it a far better option than cotton. From being easier to clean, as is seen by the way that hairs and dirt do not cling to the fabric, to the way bamboo sheets look brand new even after years of use, they are the clear winner. Cotton does carry a texture which some people prefer, however, the majority find the silky, smooth feeling of bamboo linen to be as close to silk as you can get, without the sheets slipping from your body.
In terms of breathability, they are far superior to even Egyptian cotton, while staying much cooler to the touch as well. You will find that bamboo is typically slightly higher priced than average quality cotton but over-delivers in terms of quality. Yet this is still far cheaper than top-tier cotton such as that of the Egyptian variety, while beating almost all varieties in all regards.
- Milky Sheets Team
Bamboo in the Bathroom
Bamboo towels are manufactured from ecologically friendly sustainable bamboo, carrying a silky soft feel which lasts for years. From superior moisture wicking, to quality which tops even top-class cotton, bamboo towels are an affordable yet luxurious choice.
Here we’ll be explaining the many benefits of bamboo towels, helping you see why making you should make the switch to bamboo. Whether you need full length bath towels, guest towels, or full-fledged bathrobes, bamboo fabrics are the best choice for your health and comfort.
The Best Towels for Sensitive Skin
Bamboo fabric has a feel which is smooth and soft, often being compared to that of silk without slipping from the skin. Towels made from bamboo viscose are extremely plush, holding their soft texture even after extensive use. Thanks to the rounded nature of the bamboo fibers themselves, bamboo towels are the optimal choice for those with sensitive skin as they will never become abrasive to any degree.
Bath and kitchen towels made from bamboo are typically either a blend of cotton and bamboo yarn woven together into a blend, or 100% bamboo, which is the healthiest option for those with sensitive skin. Milky Sheet's Bamboo towels are made from 100% bamboo fibres.
Anti-Bacterial, Anti-Fungal and Odor Resistant
Bamboo kun is a natural compound which is resistant to the buildup of bacteria and pests. Bamboo towels and other items made from bamboo fabric are therefore resistant to mold and mildew, as well as a range of pests and microorganisms. Your towels will never accrue odor and are completely hypoallergenic. You can expect no form of skin irritation thanks to not having any lanolin, one of the primary causes of allergic reactions to towels.
Quick Drying Thanks to Outstanding Moisture Absorption
The absorption rate of bamboo is fantastic, being rated at 40% more effective than cotton. This in combination with the moisture wicking, which is four times more effective than cotton, makes bamboo towels among the most absorbent soft materials available. You will never pick up a towel to find that it is damp and smelly from yesterday’s shower. Your towel will always be fresh, dry, and ready for you.
Great Thermal Regulation
There are few towels which feature thermal regulation as effective as bamboo towels. The unique structure of the bamboo fibers ensures that warmth is retained in cold weather, while the towel stays cool to the touch when it’s hot. Your towel adapts quickly to the temperature of your bathroom, making bamboo towels one of the most comfortable ways to dry yourself regardless of the season. Bathrobes made from bamboo towels are luxurious and practical, leaving you dry in no time while feeling as if you have pure silk against your skin. If you prefer conventional bath towels, there is no quicker way to dry yourself. Unlike cheap, inferior fabrics, bamboo towels do not simply ‘push’ the water around, they absorb effectively without any abrasion.
Durability Which Can’t Be Beaten
The durability of bamboo towels is nothing short of outstanding. They are very resistant to pilling, staying plush and soft through many years of use. There is no need to wash your bamboo towels with harsh detergents, and fabric softener is never needed. Bamboo fabrics manage to retain their appearance, feel, and anti-microbial properties even through extensive use and many cycles through the wash. Bamboo toweling does not absorb oils from your skin, translating to a towel which will not discolor through regular use.
Always Soft and Smooth
Unlike other fabrics, the fibers of bamboo textiles do not degrade over time. Your bamboo towels will retain their appearance and feel even after putting put through the wash many times. Cotton fibers feature barb-like structures which are often silicone sprayed to condense them into smooth strands.
Over time, these fibers degrade, which mars both the appearance and texture of your towel. Bamboo towels arrive silky and stash plush and smooth without the need for fabric softener or frequent washing. You will notice that you need to wash your towels far less when opting for bamboo fabrics. They are a great choice for hand towels, and nothing beats the feeling against your skin.
How to Care for Bamboo Towels
All that it takes to keep your bamboo towels clean, soft, and in a condition which is near new, is a run through a light cycle with cold water. Use a light detergent and refrain from using fabric softener as it is not needed and will instead fill the micro-gaps in the bamboo fibers of your towel, reducing its absorbency.
Most good bamboo towels have been heat treated prior to being sold so that they experience minimal shrinkage; however, sticking to a cold-water wash is still the safest. You can tumble dry your towels at a low heat or alternatively simply leave them to air dry. Thanks to the excellent moisture wicking, bamboo towels dry in no time. There is no need to iron your towels as doing so would make them less absorbent.
- Milky Sheets Team