• The Truth Behind the “Do Not Remove” Tag

    “Is it really illegal to remove a mattress tag—even in your home home?  Don't do it until you read this warning!”

    It's become almost an urban legend in recent years, the idea that you cannot remove the tag from a mattress because it violates a law.  Is this true?  Are police officers really going to storm the retail store and cuff you if you dare touch the mattress tag?  No, this is a myth that's been blown out of proportion—and in some cases it's kept alive by mattress stores and manufacturers themselves who will print on tags “It is unlawful to remove this tag.”

    And why not?  They certainly don't want mischievous teens or toddlers ripping off parts of their merchandise.  However, there is no special law involved here.  Rather, the tags are there for your protection as a consumer.  They are printed and kept intact in order to show you that

    A. You are buying a new product that has not been used before. B. What materials are used in the making of the mattress.

    Mattress Laws for Your Protection!

    The law doesn't really apply to you, but to the retail store itself.  They are not allowed to remove the tag until the sale and delivery of a new mattress is finalized.  This shows adherence to the law, and emphasizes the original quality of the brand new mattress.  The specific law is Title 15, in Commerce and Trade, Chapter 2, Sub Chapter V - Textile Fiber Products Identification, Section 70c.  According to this law, the removal of the tag (not to mention other removable parts of the mattress like the stamp and label) is considered official tampering or mutilation of a textile fiber product, and would be violating the rights of the consumer.  Any one that were to violate this law (as in retailers) would be guilty of violating the FTC Act of “unfair method of competition” or “deceptive act or practice.”

    So legally speaking, the only one authorized to remove a tag on a mattress would be the consumer who bought the bed.  That said, it's not considered okay to tear off the tag while touring the store, as this would constitute damaging the product you intend to buy, much like a store owner has the right to charge you for a broken vase.

    Of course, if you're going to buy a Sealy or Blu-Tek mattress you have full right to remove the tag.  Of course, there are many advocates who advise consumers to keep the tags on.  Why?  Because they are informational products and do indicate important information regarding the mattress.  For more information on financing and mattress selection visit a trusted bedding provider in your area!

  • What’s the Difference Between Innerspring and Foam Mattress?

    When discussing comfort levels you often hear a great deal about innerspring mattresses and foam mattresses.  However, it's not always clear if there is a difference between both options.  To answer your question though, yes, there is a big difference!

    First, understand that the innerspring mattresses are known in the industry as affordable beds—budget products that are well-liked because they are reasonably comfortable and cheap by comparison to other technologies.

    Spring Mattress Technology

    Spring mattresses are comfy when you first sit or lie on them, and understandably so, since they are firm to the touch.  However, one negative about them is that they do not have pressure point relief.  The durability is made possible by a number of springs, which will push back against you as you lie down.  They will all use the same degree of force.  Here's the problem though: your body does not “push” evenly, and so there's no way to guarantee proper support.

    Unfortunately ill-effects are reported after a lifetime of sleeping on cheap beds; sometimes poor blood circulation and pain in a person's joints.  Worse yet, many of these beds, especially by off-brand name companies, are built so cheaply that they lose over 15% of their full support in just one year.

    Memory Foam Mattress Technology

    What about the memory foam mattress?  These products are called memory bedding, because they “learn” your body shape and thus will distribute the weight of your body evenly.  In analogy, it's like having a million different springs providing the “push” you want.  This technology allows pressure point reduction, and it's only available in memory foam beds.

    Most consumers who now sleep on memory foam mattresses report better sleep, fuller days and more relaxed mornings as they wake up.  Here's an interesting fact for you: as far as pressure goes, it takes 32mmHg in order to relieve pressure in the average human being.  Most innerspring beds cannot reach this standard.

    In summary:

    Key Points of Spring Mattresses

    • Lose best quality after a year
    • No support for back/spine alignment
    • Unable to distribute the body weight evenly
    • Less expensive than memory foam bedding
    • Works as a shock absorber, and can protect the mattress to some extent

    Key Points of Memory Foam

    • Can take a while to conform, since they must adjust to your weight
    • Can be firm, but without hurting your back with unnatural firmness
    • Changes firmness with body heat

    For more information on choosing a mattress, visit Mattress1 and learn about the bed bedding brands, including the Beauty Sleep brand and Stearns and Foster.

  • What’s a Typical Bedding Warranty?

    “A typical bed warranty may seem confusing, since it's not always clear what parts are covered.  Find out how to understand mattress warranty contracts.”

    The very idea of a warranty on a mattress might seem confusing, since it's highly unlikely that your mattress is going to burst into flames.  However, practically every company does offer a warranty.  So there must be something to this, right?

    The first step to understanding a mattress warranty, is realizing that it's based on manufacturer's guidelines, not the local bedroom store.  The warranties cover certain items on the mattress, and usually not the entire mattress in general.  For example, a typical warranty might cover:

    • Torn handles on the mattress
    • Broken coil or wires, or protruding  coil or wires
    • Body indentations beyond a certain measurement
    • Splits in the wood frame inside the box spring section
    • Defective beams or rails
    • Broken module wire
    • Annoying sounds related to the internal destruction of parts

    Of course, no warranty covers absolutely everything, and even with a bedding warranty, you really have to check the fine print.  For example, some common items within the mattress that are not covered by traditional warranty include:

    • Mattress Fabric
    • Order Wires
    • Structural Damage
    • Certain Body Indentations
    • Damage resulting from added parts, like box springs
    • Using the wrong bed frames, not intended for this type of mattress

    It is also highly unlikely that a modern warranty will cover surface staining, since this is nearly impossible to be a manufacturer's defect.

    Be aware that in some warranty contracts, you may be expected to pay delivery fees and other related costs.  Again, mattresses are backed by manufacturer warranties, unless the retail store specifically states that they will cover all miscellaneous expenses.  Naturally, warranties do differ according to the different manufacturing companies.  Some manufacturers only replace major parts, whereas others may replace everything, including broken handles and so on.  The most noticeable defect is in “sagging”, and warranties will only cover damages that exceed beyond a certain measuring standard—the reason being that all mattresses will eventually conform to an individual or couple's bodies.  Some sagging can actually be traced to a defect, while other situations would not merit a warranty.

    Last but not least, consider the warranty price.  Low cost warranties usually don't cover much in the way of minor repairs, while high end warranties are your best bet for full or nearly full coverage on the unit.  Of course, you don't want to rely on a salesperson to explain the warranty—get it in writing and make sure that the meaning is clear and spelled out on paper if necessary.  For more information on warranty and bedding specifics, visit a trusted name in mattress service.

  • (Gross) Facts About Bed Bugs and Mites

    Bed Bugs:

    The Feeding Process – The way that a bed bug feeds is enough to make anyone’s skin crawl. These tiny bugs bite into your skin while you are sleeping and insert two tubes. One tube sucks your blood, while the other inserts anticoagulants and anesthetics so that you hopefully will not notice what is happening. The bugs can feed for up to ten minutes, growing seven times in body weight. After all is said and done, you are left with an itchy swollen welt that can irritate you for hours or days.

    Breeding – One of the reasons that you hear bug bed infestations described as epidemics is because of their ability to breed quickly and at a high volume. Throughout her lifetime, a single female can produce over 1,000 eggs. This allows infestations to become a major problem in no time at all.

    World Travelers – Another reason the word “epidemic” is often used is because bed bugs are so great at spreading from one place to another. With an increase in travel, this has become even easier. Bed bugs can stow away in your suitcases without a problem because they can survive for up to 18 days without feeding. Bed bugs are a major problem for hotel beds for this reason.

    Dust Mites:

    High Volume – Dust mites are extremely small, but their numbers typically are not. In one standard double bed, there could live as many as 10 million dust mites.

    Survival – Dust mites thrive in the cavities next to the coils and springs in the core of your mattress. The humidity caused by your body heat creates a great habitat for them as they feed from your dead skin cells.

    Allergies – Many people think that they are allergic to dust mites, when really they are allergic to dust mite excrement, which can be microscopic in size. Your mattress, and even pillow, could be full of dust and dust mite feces if you have not replaced these items in many years.

    What You Can Do

    You obviously want to reduce your risk of sleeping with bed bugs and dust mites as much as possible. You can greatly discourage infestation by eliminating their favorite habitat, the core of your mattress. Replace your mattress with a high quality memory foam or latex mattress that does not have any center cavities where these pests can typically hide.

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