Latex Mattresses are gaining popularity today because they are made from natural latex rubber. Some are made with a blend of natural and synthetic but natural is the best way to go. Consumers are conscience of what they eat and drink but never really give much thought to where they spend 1/3 of their life, sleeping on some form of mattress.
With all the chemicals in our life it is nice to have a natural product to lay your head on at night. In 2007 the Feds levied strict fire safety standards on matters. The result was added chemicals that the CPSC said were safe, but in my book any chemical in my sleeping system is too much. While they said this saved lives it also did a few other things.
One thing it did was put a few of the smaller mattress manufactures out of business. They could not afford to spend the money to equip their factories with the necessary equipment to meet Federal regulations. Another thing it did was make the larger mattress manufacturers and chemical companies richer. In my book it is just another example of the big guy pushing the little guy out of the way. In the end the consumer safes with higher prices and a lower quality of sleep at night from added chemicals to our sleep systems.
The latex mattress has been around for about 60 years and enjoyed popularity from the 50s until the mid 60s. The plastics revolution came along in the 60s and mattress companies went to cheap polyurethane foam over coils and advertised them heavily. Not only were these products cheap to make, they also boosted the profits of the large companies that sold them. The water bed also made it's way into main stream America as a cool way to sleep and for the next 20 years the water bed and the coil spring mattress became king.
The latex mattress industry suffered and latex foam mattress sales nose dived. In 1977 Bill Coffey and Steve Kordiak started making latex pillows and the latex industry was taking baby steps to regain market share.The traditional way of making latex products was called the Dunlop process. The rubber was whipped and steam contained which reflected in some of the natural sediments settling to the bottom, making Dunlop slightly firmer on the bottom.
In 1981 a new process called Talalay was introduced into the latex rubber market. The mixture is poured into a vacuum sealed mold and flash frozen and then heated. This makes a more consistent cell structure from top to bottom and adds to the price of the foam. Talalay foams have a softer pillow like feel and Dunlop is a more firm feeling foam.
The latex foam process introduces freezing, cooling and washing processes to eliminate the allergic proteins on the latex mattress surface, eliminating the worry of allergies to latex. A latex mattress has open cells to keep air flowing and eliminating the sleeper getting hot. It also has anti-microbial properties, is hypoallergenic and dust mite resistant. Most of the mattresses made overseas may not be safe because their processes are not monitored and the proteins are not washed away properly. Buy a mattress from a USA manufactured plant to make sure you are safe.
The latex mattress also gives a better nights sleep because there are no pressure points as in a spring type mattress. Bottom line is if you want a good nights sleep for you and your loved ones and do not want to sleep with all those chemicals then Latex is the way to go. Yes it does cost a little more but is not your health worth it.