With so many different mattress brands and accessories available on the market, it’s difficult to provide information about all of them; however, there are a few accessories that are worth your consideration. A new mattress is a major investment, and you want to do everything you can to take care of it and make it last longer. That’s why there are several different mattress accessories available on the market to help you protect your investment.

In order to protect your mattress, you may want to consider purchasing one of the following:

Memory Foam Mattress Toppers

Memory foam is a type of polyurethane foam that reacts to your body’s temperature and pressure. Polyurethane is a very durable and flexible synthetic material. The foam compresses with your body’s pressure, but returns to its original shape once the pressure is removed. The biggest advantage of this type of mattress topper is that it applies pressure evenly around your body for a more relaxing and restful sleep.

The memory foam pad may feel firm and cold at first, but after you lie down on it for a few minutes, your body temperature automatically warms it up. Another benefit of memory foam is that it conforms to the shape of your body.

Memory foam mattress toppers are also easy to use. Simply place the pad on top of your existing mattress, but keep in mind that since the mattress topper is fairly heavy, it takes two people to get it into position. Not only do memory foam toppers protect your existing mattress, but they’re also very warm and comfortable to sleep on.

The cost for most memory foam toppers is about $200, making it much more affordable than a brand new mattress.

Allergy Mattress and Pillow Covers

Whether you realize it or not, dozens of allergens such as dust mites, pollen, mold, and pet dander can live inside your pillows, mattresses, and box springs, causing symptoms like stuffiness, runny noses, and itchy eyes. To help prevent this problem, you can purchase allergy mattress and pillow covers. Since these microscopic bed bugs can wreak havoc with your allergies, it’s important to wash your sheets regularly.

Several allergen protection encasings (in the form of covers and pillowcases) are available on the market to protect your sheets, box springs, mattresses, and pillows. Of course it’s always a good idea to wash your bedding regularly, but these products provide that extra layer of protection. Most allergen products are comprised of consist of a tightly-woven cotton with small pores. The pores in the cotton casings allow air to pass through your pillows and mattress, providing a clean, safe, and allergy-free place to sleep. Mattress breathability not only protects your mattress against mites, dust, and allergens, but it also provides coolness and comfort.