Q: Peter, Help! I've been looking for a mattress for a while and am more confused than ever. I have two basic questions. Most of the mattress I've looked at claim they do not need to be turned, in fact they can't be turned as they are padded only on one side. Also, most no longer use cotton as a padding material. I have been told that cotton is good and you must turn your mattress by the salesman that sells that type, and the new mattress does not need to be turned and cotton is bad by the salesman that sell the brand without cotton and is padded only on one side. Who is correct???
Frank, Cleveland, Ohio
A: Hi Frank, Cotton is rarely used today. While cotton is an excellent material for durability, it is a breeding ground for dust mites. It seems you can't have everything. The newer materials don't hold up as well, but mites don't survive in synthetic materials. The best of both worlds is latex. It is the most durable material available... better than cotton, and hypo-allergenic too. We find that Sealy has the best value in latex. There are 5 models in the SpringFree line for a choice of comfort. Note: Dust mites are microscopic creatures that feed on dead skin cells. Changing the sheets and mattress pad regularly and vacuming the mattress when you have it stripped will keep their population to a minimum.
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