How do I buy the right mattress?

You do not buy a new mattress every day, and that is why it is important to obtain full information before bringing one home. Are you going to buy a new mattress? Our tips will ensure that you do not lose any sleep over it!

Mattress core

Everything begins with the core. The mattress's heart determines how you sleep. Decide what your personal preferences are, hard or soft, warm or cool, allergy-free, etc. Then you can start your search for the right mattress. Van Landschoot has six types in stock. You can find out about them below.

Polyether

A polyether mattress comprises a core of polyether foam. That is a firm synthetic foam that has been on the market for many years. In fact, a "golden oldie" that ensures you a sharp price to quality ratio.

Do you prefer a "hard" mattress? If so, polyether is for you. This is because a polyether mattress's closed structure makes it less springy. A good point to know – polyether foam contains air. The less air, the greater the foam density, and thus the firmer the mattress.

Cold foam

Does a cold foam mattress feel cool? No, happily not! It simply gets its name from the production process, because the foam is formed in cold moulds. The open cell structure offers you several advantages.

A cold foam mattress is also known as an HR-mattress. That is an abbreviation of high resilience, or high level of springiness – because that is what the mattress has. And that means that it sets itself to the contours of your body. Perfect support!

Latex

A latex mattress is made from rubber tree sap. Mostly the mattress core is a mix of natural and synthetic rubber. So resilient that you sleep on it like a baby.

When we think of rubber, we have stretchable and springy in mind. And those are golden properties for a mattress! That is because the material offers a lot of support, which is good for outstanding sleep ergonomics. People with joint problems often find their salvation in this material.

You also find latex or rubber in articles such as gloves or rainproof clothing, because the material is waterproof. Does that mean that it ventilates poorly? No, because natural latex is perforated, and thus allows moisture and warmth to pass through.

Memory foam

A memory foam mattress comprises an elastic polyether foam. Why "memory"? We use the word because the material is temperature-sensitive and slowly adapts to, and holds, your body shape.

If you lie down, the most contact friction, and thus warmth, occurs at the most protruding parts of your body, e.g. shoulders and hips. The foam's temperature sensitivity makes it more elastic at those warmer points. It is as if you are sleeping in a perfectly shaped mould. It feels very comfortable, and it is healthy – your muscles stay supple and your skin has good circulation.

Memory foam is a synthetic polyether material that holds warmth. And that is an added bonus for people who feel the cold but a disadvantage for those who suffer night perspiration.

Bonnell springs

A Bonnell spring mattress is full of iron springs, interconnected with spirals. The Bonnell spring system has been a standard in the world of mattresses for many years. And that is not without reason.

A Bonell mattress has a good spring resilience, obviously. The more pressure exerted, the more it resists. This mattress does not have specific zones that adapt more than another. This means that you lie on an equal surface rather than a moulded one. This is ideal for people who like a firm base.

Pocket spring

A pocket spring mattress is full of steel springs. Each one is in a little bag, which we know as a pocket. There is a cover layer on top of the springs, e.g. latex, cold or memory foam. You can sleep in delicious comfort on that – and for a long time!

All the springs set themselves to the shape of your body, which is possible because each moves independently, in its own little bag. That is how the mattress adapts perfectly to the shape of your body. Pocket spring mattresses with three zones support the head, pelvic area, and feet. Five-zone pocket spring mattresses also support your shoulders and hips. And a seven zone mattress will even cosset your waist and legs. The more springs per square metre, the better your weight is distributed.

High-low pocket springs

The high-low, pocket spring system is a unique Van Landschoot concept. Alternating high and low springing within the mattress provides an active function. The high springs do the job where the system detects light pressure. The low, sturdier ones spring into action when there is higher pressure on the matrass. That combination ensures your body enjoyment of compensatory support in any position, and all through the night. And you will really feel the difference in the morning!

And there is still another hidden advantage; a high-low spring matrass last even longer! The mattress core has a steel bounding strip, which holds the high-low springs nicely in place, especially delicate areas such as the edge of your bed. It helps prevent wear and changes in your matrass's internal structure. And that means you will enjoy your purchase for even longer!

The importance of support

Physical complaints during the day are often the result of insufficient support at night. During sleep, our body relaxes when the pressure points get enough return pressure, or support, so that the body will not have to exert any effort to adopt or maintain a good position. Moreover, for correct sleeping posture it is important for our spine to adopt a natural position, an S-shape for people who sleep on their back and a straight line from neck to tailbone for those sleeping on the side.
A golden rule for finding the right support is to test a bed by actually lying on it! And, just as it should be, that is the most normal thing to do in a bed shop, because then you will feel immediately which type suits you.

Mattress protection

There are simple options to handle excessive perspiration, allergies, etc. Choose a mattress or protector that fulfils your needs, and have carefree sleep without unpleasant sensations. Do not hesitate to ask advice in one of our outlets.

Mattress topper

A topper is a thin mattress that goes on top of your regular one, and feels supple to lie on. If you are opting for two separate mattresses, covering it with a topper will eliminate the nasty crease between them.
But beware – sometimes people merely replace the topper when they actually need a new mattress. They forget the base mattress underneath, which has been unfit for purpose for years. It is best to renew both mattress and topper to ensure optimum support!

Pillows

So, you have found the right mattress. That is great! But do not forget that head and neck support are equally important for refreshing night's sleep. Please feel free to ask advice, because you need different types of stiffness or thickness, depending on your preferred sleeping position.

A mattress in top condition

You chose the right mattress and have been sleeping like a log ever since. And, of course, you want to enjoy your purchase for as long as possible. The following tips will help you keep your bed in first class condition.

Do not make your bed!

Everyone perspires during sleep – we lose about 1.3 litres of moisture each night. The combination of perspiration and the warmth under the covers creates an attractive environment for bacteria. That means you will keep your bed healthier by allowing it to air out every day. Shake out the covers and lay them at the foot of the bed to allow the mattress to air and dry out before you go to bed again. And open the window, because, besides improving the oxygen content in your bedroom, the fresh air is also good for your mattress. One hour before going to sleep is ideal.

Washable cover

Use a mattress cover or molton that will provide an extra protection layer between your mattress and the under sheet. You will increase your mattress's lifespan and prevent stains (from perspiration). These covers are often easy to wash and, above all, moisture resistant. Wash them every four to six weeks at 60° C (to prevent mites) and you are sure of a clean sleeping environment.

Flipping and rotating

You maintain the springiness of your mattress by flipping it (i.e. turning it over so that the top is the bottom and vice versa). In addition, it allows you to dry and air each side, and that improves your mattress's lifespan. And rotation (turning the foot end to the head) will distribute load on your mattress. You do not have to flip memory foam mattresses, because the memory foam layer must be on the topside. It is therefore best to ask about the material used in your mattress!

Should you vacuum clean your mattress? Better not!

A fresh bedroom is vital. And that is why it is very important to vacuum any dust around your box spring. But vacuum cleaning your mattress is not such a good idea, because you might damage the stitching and shorten its working life.

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