Latex is a naturally occurring form of rubber. It's used in many different products like gloves, balloons and mattresses. When used in a mattress it has a buoyant feeling while still providing necessary support. Traditional innerspring or memory foam mattresses can't match this feeling while still being supportive.
Surprisingly, latex isn't a foam. It's created from the sap of the Hevea Brasiliensis Tree. Organic latex is farmed from trees that aren't treated with any pesticides or herbicides while being grown. The Hevea Brasiliensis tree is able to produce sap for twenty years using sustainable methods. That means that these trees will still be creating oxygen for years to come while still providing latex.
Once the latex is farmed from the Hevea Brasiliensis Tree, it's taken to a facility for processing. Its first stop is a centrifuge where the latex is whipped into a froth. This removes impurities and concentrates the latex so that it is the perfect consistency to turn it into foam.
The now frothy latex is taken to the molding area. It is poured into aluminum pin molds for baking. These pins are designed to distribute the heat evenly throughout the latex for even cooking.
The latex is baked at over 200° to vulcanize the latex. This solidifies the mixture and turns it into the mattress material that we use.
Once the mattress core is baked to perfection, it is cleaned of all impurities in a wash cycle. This ensures that your mattress will be pure once it reaches you.
After the mattress is cleaned, it is checked for outstanding quality. Astrabeds prides itself on making sure that only the finest mattresses reach our customers.
Organic latex is the rarest form of latex. It is only composed of sap from the Hevea Brasiliensis Tree. During the farming process, no pesticides or herbicides are used. This allows the latex to be a clean, chemical free sleeping experience.
This is the closest product to organic latex. It is completely derived from the Hevea Brasiliensis Tree. However, it is not organic. This latex is treated with chemical herbicides and pesticides during the farming process.
This is the most common type of latex on the market. While organic and natural latex use only latex derived from the Hevea Brasiliensis Tree, blended latex uses a 60/40 blend of natural latex and synthetic latex. This cuts down on cost, but makes the final product not as durable.
Completely synthetic latex is not usually found in mattresses. Synthetic latex is a compound that mimics latex, but can’t replicate all of organic latex’s natural benefits. It is stiff so it will not provide proper support that will contour to your body. It is also toxic unlike organic latex and can cause respiratory distress or allergic reactions.
There are two different types of processes for making latex mattresses. The tried and true Dunlop process is how 95% of latex is made in the world. The other process is Talalay which adds to the Dunlop process.
This method is used to produce nearly all the latex products in the world. It's durable and energy efficient. When tested against Talalay latex, consumers couldn't tell a difference between the two. Astrabeds uses this process for creating our organic latex mattresses.
This process adds a few steps to the traditional Dunlop process. When placed into the mold, the latex is vacuum sealed. It's immediately flash frozen to ensure the cell structure is in place before being cured. Both steps are designed to help the consistency of latex, but don't add a significant value to the mattress. These additional steps also add a significant amount of energy usage to process.
The ILD number is what determines the firmness of latex. A low ILD number is more plush while a high ILD number is firmer. This chart illustrates the scale of mattress firmnesses.
Back or side sleepers who enjoy sinking into a bed.
Side sleepers who enjoy the perfect balance of comfort & support.
Back or stomach sleepers who enjoy a slightly firmer feel than medium.
Back sleepers who enjoy an extremely firm sleep surface.
With an Astrabeds’ mattress, we want you to be able to have control over your own comfort. That’s why we designed our mattresses with the ability to rearrange the layers of latex within the mattress. This allows you to dial in the exact comfort you’re seeking. We also offer a layer exchange at no charge to you. Call one of our sleep experts and we’ll help you through this process.
Having optimal support while you’re sleeping is important. Not only does the mattress help with this, but what you place your mattress on can have an impact on support as well. The Astrabeds’ foundation is designed to maintain the support that our mattresses provide.
Finding the perfect position to drift off to sleep is always a challenge. The addition of an adjustable will help you attain perfect sleep comfort. By allowing you to adjust both your head and foot height, you can relieve pressure points, chronic health ailments, or snoring. Find out more about adjustable bases from Astrabeds here.
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