National Allergy Recommendations(4 posts)
Sorry for making another thread about mattress covers
It's time for a new mattress which also means it's time for new encasements. I've been using vinyl on my old mattress because I knew I was going to get rid of it and didn't want to infest in an expensive cover. I now want to infest in a nice cover for a new boxspring and mattress and wondered what other people went with.
I see the National Allergy's site recommends putting their vinyl cover on the boxspring and a fabric one on the mattress. Does that sound ok?
Also is there a difference between the more expensive ones with regards to protection against bed bugs or is it just a matter of comfort? Would pets be easily able to tear the covers?
Thanks in advance!
I put vinyl ones from National Allergy on both and have found that it's the one on the box spring that is most likely to rip. I am not sure why, but am guessing that it's because of the edges on the metal frame or maybe some hardware that has a sharpish edge. I've put duct tape over the offending hardware (I think) and on the corners of the cover, but if I buy a new one, it will be fabric for the box spring.
I also suspect that the rips occur when I take the bed apart for inspection, which I've done three or four times since putting the covers on. If you don't plan to do that, maybe it's not so important which kind you get.
If you have cats with sharp claws, they may evenbe able to puncture the good cloth/polyurethene covers.
Vinyl tears more easily in general, though the NA vinyl is better made than the vinyl ones in Target, say.
If pets are an issue, you might put the box in cloth/polyurethene instead of vinyl.
Frankly, box springs are such a nightmare bed-bug wise that lots of people give them up. I understand with a new bed you can use one, but many bed frames make them unnecessary these days.
I have not used the more expensive NA covers. However, there is a comparison chart of encasings here. (Since this particular link also leads to the BedCare BASICS line, please note that one is NOT listed for bed bugs. The descriptions, if you click on the other lines, will tell you they were tested for bed bugs.)
It seems to be more about comfort and what qualities you like rather than any of them being more secure than the others. The Classic is water resistant. The Ultra has cotton content (so more comfortable), the Elegance is also supposedly very comfortable with more air flow as well. If I could purchase again, I'd trade up--but that's because when I bought mine there wasn't such a range, and also because even if it's just a bit more comfortable, the price isn't much different to me (mind you, I don't have a house full of beds, just a single full mattress!)
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