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Just What Is A Pillow Top Mattress Pad?
You’ve probably seen a pillow top mattress pad, even if you didn’t know what it was called. Pillow top mattress pads are simply a pad that is placed on top of any existing mattress, in order to provide both comfort and protection to the underlying mattress.
Mattress pads have been around for a long time, of course, but what makes pillow top mattress pads so different is that they are actually anchored to the mattress through the use of elastic straps or bands. Some types of pillow top mattress pads actually wrap around and tuck into the sides of the mattress. Whether a tuck-in type or one with elastic straps, the pillow top mattress pad will be held firmly in place as you sleep during the night.
Reasons You Might Want To Purchase A Pillow Top Mattress Pad
Often people who are caring for the sick or injured will invest in a mattress pad. If the patient is sick in bed, the pillow top mattress pad will help to prevent the mattress from becoming soiled or damaged.
In addition, many people find traditional mattresses uncomfortable. Perhaps it’s the stitching, or the cording, or the buttons that bother them. It may be the smell of the fabric. Perhaps the mattress is just too hard — whatever the reason, a good-quality pillow top mattress pad can help these folk to get a better night’s rest.
Arthritis sufferers take note: Heat is good for your joints, and you don’t want to let yourself get cold, and the extra insulation that your pillow top mattress pad provides will keep you toasty-warm even in the coldest winter weather.
Pillow top mattress pads come in a variety of sizes (to fit different sized mattresses), and can be made of foam, down (feathers), and even inflatable (air) mattresses are available. Many types have a backing on the underside that helps to keep them from sliding around.
In addition to providing protection, comfort and soothing warmth, pillow top mattress pads are a great way to extend the life of an older mattress. If you can’t afford to buy a new mattress, you may be able to continue to use it just by installing a new pillow top mattress pad overtop of it. The cost of the pad – even the very best of the lot – is far less expensive than buying a whole new mattress set.
What You Want To Look For In Pillow Top Mattress Pads
When selecting your pillow top mattress pad, make sure that your pad is washable – this is a must. If you are buying a pillow top mattress pad that has a down filler, make sure that the design of the pad will not allow the filling to bunch up – the filler should remain evenly distributed throughout the pad, especially after washing.
I recommend that your pillow top mattress pad be made from materials that are hypo-allergenic, without dyes, chemicals or fragrances that might cause problems. This is particularly important if your pillow top mattress pad will be used in caring for the sick or bedridden.
If you are purchasing an extra-thick mattress, make sure that you purchase sheets for your bed that will fit over your pillow top mattress pad. The addition of the pad on top of the mattress will increase the total thickness of your bedding, and your regularly-sized sheets may not fit properly, or at all, when the pad is in place.