About Latex

About Latex Mattresses

Organic Sleep Systems is proud to carry its very own line of latex mattresses, latex toppers and latex pillows. We consider latex to be one of the most superior products in the bedding industry. Our Sleep Experts® have been trained to educate you on the benefits of latex in any of our products and will guide to which products will suit you. On this page you’ll get a brief description as to what latex is, how it will enhance your sleep and why we promote it. 

What is Latex?

Latex is a milky liquid composed of rubber polymer (tree sap) dispersed in an organic chemicalcompound. This liquid is whipped with air to form foam. The liquid is then poured into a mold, vacuum sealed and then treated in various ways, depending on the process. This process creates a supple, resilient product that makes superior foam when compared to polyurethane foam. Latex is inherently hypo-allergenic, anti-microbial and dust-mite resistant. Because it breathes to remove body moisture, it keeps you warmer in the winter and cooler in the summer.  Unlike urethane, latex will feel as good a year from now as it does in the showroom today.

The Talalay and the Dunlop Process

Both of the processes produce what we know as latex foam. They both begin with the harvesting of tree sap from the “Hevea Brasiliensis” or the Pará rubber tree. This sap is whipped into liquid foam by combining it with naturally biodegradable ingredients that come from renewable resources and water based raw materials. The liquid foam is poured into a mold which is then vacuum sealed to create the shape of the foam. From this step, the processes vary greatly to produce a similar product.

Talalay Process

The Talalay process uses a flash freezing process once the foam is poured into the mold. The freezing of the liquid foam prevents the latex particles from settling to ensure a consistent cell structure throughout the end product. Then the chamber is filled and then baked at 220 degree temperature until it solidifies, creating latex foam. After the baking process, the latex foam is removed from the mold and goes through a five-stage washer. It’s then dried and tested for quality control and any inconsistencies in the final product.

Dunlop Process

The Dunlop process goes through the same beginning steps. The liquid foam is poured into the mold; it’s then vacuum sealed into the mold then baked at a 220 degree temperature until it solidifies. It goes through a less rigorous washing process, is dried then tested for any serious inconsistencies.

Both processes create the latex foam used in our mattresses. And both are available to any of our customer’s that prefer one over the other. They are both environmentally friendly processes, use biodegradable materials; few natural resources and they create a biodegradable product that won’t pollute landfills. The Sleep Experts® at Organic Sleep Systems can help you determine which product will work best for you and your needs.

Why would anybody want a latex mattress?

There are many reasons people look for latex mattresses. We can help you determine if latex is a good fit for you. When you come to our showroom you’ll be given an opportunity to try latex, feel the benefits and our Sleep Experts® can help educate you on this choice. But here are a few reasons why we endorse latex.

Soft Support

Natural latex has a unique characteristic that no synthetic latex or memory foam has been able to match. While memory foam (and even most synthetic latex) takes a while to return to its original shape, latex responds instantaneously when pressure is removed. This means you’re constantly and fully supported the second you move. Latex almost pushes back against you, offering a soft and body-contouring sleep surface that supports without creating painful pressure points or letting you sink into your mattress.

Long Life

A high-quality latex bed can last 15 to 20 years (or more) if you care for it properly. We recommend pure, botanical latex, but we know 100% natural latex mattresses can be cost-prohibitive for some. Although a latex bed can last that long, we suggest you look for a mattress that comes with a long-term warranty (15 to 20 years).

Naturally Hypoallergenic Properties

Latex is resistant to moisture and the buildup of molds and mildews. It also resists dust mites. Foam latex is produced with an open-cell structure that allows air to flow through the mattress, naturally combating moisture buildup.

This moisture-free, literally airy structure is an inhospitable place for molds and mildews to grow. In addition, allergens don’t adhere to latex like they can to some other forms of bedding. Latex actually repels dust mites and other allergens, creating naturally hypoallergenic bedding that is free of industrial chemicals and safe for even young allergy sufferers.

The one concern that some have is if they suffer from latex allergies. But in more than nine out of ten cases, latex allergy suffers can sleep without problems on latex mattresses. A latex mattress is unlikely to bother you if you suffer from skin irritation or minor respiratory problems when exposed to the stretchy medical-grade latex in surgical gloves or condoms. If your latex allergy symptoms aren’t life threatening, a latex mattress (made using different processes than medical-grade latex) will not upset your allergies so long as you don’t sleep directly on the latex. Put a non-padded mattress cover and sheets on your bed you can use hypoallergenic bedding as an added precaution and you’ll get an excellent night’s sleep without allergy problems.

If you have a hyper-sensitivity to latex that could result in anaphylactic shock, we don’t recommend trying a latex mattress, even though the chances of any reaction are still very slim.

“Climate Control”

Latex “sleeps cooler” than memory foam. Its open-cell structure lets air move freely, keeping you warm in winter and cool in summer. If you sleep hot on memory foam, latex foam may be the bedding option that finally lets you have the body-contouring support of foam without the heat.

Latex also retains its shape better against the warmth of your body than memory foam does. Memory foam can actually become softer and less supportive when exposed to your body temperatures or the warm air under a heavy blanket; latex maintains the same level of support regardless of temperature.

Organic/Sustainable Materials

Though you’ve got to be a very savvy shopper when it comes to “organic” claims in the latex mattress industry, it’s true that 100% natural latex mattresses are naturally produced. Latex can come from rubber tree estates that grow their rubber trees organically. If those mattresses are topped with organic wool or other truly organic FR barriers, you’ll be sleeping on a largely organic mattress though it’s always possible that some non-organic chemicals were used in processing.

Whether you’ve chosen an organic mattress or not, latex is inherently a sustainable, renewable resource. The rubber tree plants that provide latex have a life cycle of producing latex that amounts to about 28 years. When you buy an all-natural latex mattress, you’ll know you’re sleeping on a premium bed free of industrial petrochemicals.