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What is a Mattress Encasement?

What is a Mattress Encasement?

Mattress Encasements

The importance of a mattress encasement isn't clear for everyone. The truth is, that for most of us, a mattress represents a serious investment. Not only can they be costly to buy, but mattresses represent a highly personal choice. Getting the wrong one can mean either wasted money or enduring countless less-than-comfortable nights. Finding the right one, conversely, can ensure years of sound and restful sleep. Considering all that goes into the purchase of a mattress, you owe it to yourself to protect your investment. That means installing a mattress encasement.

What is a Mattress Encasement?

Simply put, a mattress encasement is a 6-sided, full coverage shield for your mattress. It differs from a mattress cover, in that a mattress cover is a 5-sided item that slides on, similar to a fitted sheet. More importantly, they serve different purposes, and in an optimal setup are designed to work together.

What is a Mattress Encasement's purpose?

As you might guess, an encasement is designed to protect your mattress, but from what? As it turns out, there is no shortage of contaminants conspiring you destroy your mattress, and in turn, reduce the quality of your sleep. Depending on its features, a mattress encasement can guard against one or more of the following:

  • Bed Bugs

    As explained in the Bed Bugs section in our Learn pages, bed bugs seek out mattresses and box springs to hide out in and multiply. They come out at night to feed on the blood of you, your family, and your pets. A quality bed bug mattress encasement can prevent entry or escape.

  • Dust Mites

    Our Bedroom Allergens section discusses how dust mites also like to set up shop in your mattress, where they feed on your dead skin flakes and leave behind droppings that when inhaled, can cause allergic reactions.

  • Dander

    Dead skin flakes from your pets can also accumulate in your mattress fibers, not only causing potential allergy problems but providing food for dust mites.

  • Pollen

    Particles of these potentially powerful allergens can float in the air and settle in the fibers of an unprotected mattress.

  • Spills & Accidents

    Moisture that seeps into a mattress can lead to mold and mildew, which also can trigger allergic responses.

  • Stains

    Sweat, oils, food, and more can potentially add odors, and cause stains. Not only is this unsightly, but can potentially void a mattress' warranty.

How Do Encasements Work With Mattress Covers?

For the ultimate in mattress protection, pair a full-featured mattress encasement with a quality mattress cover.
In this scenario, the mattress encasement seals out bed bugs, dust mites, pollen, etc. while the mattress cover can (depending on its features) perform one or more of the following functions:

  • Guard against spills and accidents
  • Wick away moisture
  • Provide additional padding
  • Inhibit bacteria growth
  • Provide heat management to help keep you cool

It’s important to note that once installed, the encasement is never removed from the mattress (because this creates an opportunity for insects and allergens to contaminate the mattress). The mattress cover, meanwhile, can be periodically removed and laundered.

What Types of Encasements are Available?

Typically, mattress encasements can be grouped into the categories of allergy protection, spills protection, and finally bed bug mattress encasements. Many quality encasements, however, provide protection for most or all of the above.

When choosing a mattress encasement product, it’s important to note that they are sized to fit. Naturally, if you have a queen sized mattress, you’d purchase a queen sized mattress encasement. On top of that, you would need to order the proper width to correspond to the thickness of your mattress. A queen-sized mattress encasement, for example, could come in widths to accommodate a 4-8” mattress thickness, 7-12”, and 11-18”.

Lastly, don’t forget the box spring. It can just as easily be contaminated by allergens and infested by bed bugs and dust mites. A total protection solution would include both a mattress encasement and a box spring encasement.

What Are Some Additional Protections and Features to Look For?

When choosing a quality mattress encasement, top performance lies in the details. These can include:

  • Zipper Lock: Zipper locks ensure the zipper doesn’t unintentionally slide open, creating the opportunity for insects and allergens to contaminate the mattress.
  • Whisper-Quiet Waterproof Barrier: This feature seals out spills without making an annoying crunchy sound every time you shift positions.
  • Breathable Fabric: Like a high-tech ski jacket, mattress encasements can offer breathable fabrics that guard against spills without making you feel clammy.

The following Protect-A-Bed mattress protection products offer all of the benefits mentioned above, and more:

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