I Want to Buy a Latex Topper
January 12, 2019

I Want to Buy a Latex Topper

Organic Dunlop Latex

I Hear Latex Toppers are Good

Customers ask us all the time about Latex Mattress Toppers. In most cases, they’ve heard good things from a friend or some kind of advertisement – and are looking into the subject to see if there’s anything that might give them a more comfortable bed and a more restful sleep.

What is Dunlop, What is Talalay?

Both are processes for manufacturing a finished latex product. Dunlop is the original process which has been used in the bedding industry to make 100% Natural Dunlop Latex Toppers for decades. Because these toppers are manufactured in the countries where rubber trees grow, and also because the process is original, simpler, and with less steps and processes, the finished product tends to be a little bit firmer than comparable Talalay Latex.

And for all those who are very sensitive and very concerned about their bedding, there is now a line of 100% Natural Organic Dunlop Latex. Although available in limited densities, it is Certified Organic for source ingredients, process, and finished product -- and is your best guarantee of absolute purity.

Talalay Latex is a more modern process, and the factories are normally in the countries where the latex toppers are going to be used. So latex rubber sap has to be stabilized for transport. Beyond this, if someone wants to sell you a piece of Talalay Latex without any clear indication as to its makeup, it is more than likely going to be the Original Talalay, which is a blend of botanical latex from the Hevea brasiliensis rubber tree and man-made SBR Rubber. If you want 100% Natural Talalay Latex, you have to ask for that specifically.

Which is Best?

Many people come looking for a recommended product, and referrals are always a good way to go. If you’ve read about latex online, you may also come in with your own good ideas of what suits your needs and preferences.

In general, Level of Support and Naturalness are two defining factors that will help you reach a decision more quickly. As well, 100% Natural Latex of either manufacture comes in ILD or firmness RANGES, where Original Talalay (Blended) is available in specific firmness ratings. That’s one of the advantages of the more modern process and formulation.

Names such as “soft”, “medium-soft”, and so forth are very useful indicators for those who aren’t familiar with the numeric indexing of ILDs “14, 19, etc” -- and the range starts with 14 ILD which is very soft and extends all the way up to 44 ILD which is very firm (Original Talalay). If you have an idea what you’re looking for but aren’t quite sure, speak with a Sales Representative and ask for Samples.

A 2” or 3” latex topper can add a new dimension of support and comfort to an existing bed. The thicker toppers are available for those who are looking for a greater depth of support and comfort, those who are of heavier body weights, and those who are side sleepers. And make sure to use some sort of mattress cover to protect your new topper from accidental damages, and to help keep it cleaner.

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October 30, 2018

About Latex Bedding

Hevea Brasiliensis Rubber Trees

In The Beginning....

Natural Latex Foam has been used as a premium orthopedic support material in beds for decades now, due to its uniquely springy support and time-tested durability. Thus the rubber tree family, including Hevea brasiliensis, has found a sweet spot in the homes of individuals the world around.

Of course, the indigenous peoples of ancient civilizations already familiar with rubber trees had known about them for a very long time before we "discovered" rubber in modern times. Noticing the elastic and waterproofing qualities rubber demonstrated, they developed appropriate uses according to their cultural needs.

Discovered Rubber

Explorers of various European countries found many significant uses for rubber, and enhanced their countries and leaders by bringing rubber home. With the subsequent discover of vulcanization -- the process used to turn liquid rubber into an elastic "solid" -- the uses of rubber expanded into the automotive industry and further technological uses.

With the addition of frothing or foaming of the batter before curing, latex began to be used as a cushioning and bedding material -- a great relief to the generations who had endured hard and unyielding beds. Not only did latex offer a cushioned and resilient sleep surface, but it seemed to last forever.

Latex Foam Rubber

Within the bedding industry, the original latex foam rubber known as Dunlop Latex became more industrialized as issues of production and quality control were systematically addressed. The Dunlop Latex Process has been systematized in steps from the gathering and cleansing of the latex sap, frothing or aeration, vulcanization or curing, and post-production washing and quality testing.

But the rubber trees grew far away in tropical regions had to be processed there, because the rubber tree sap was not stable enough to endure long storage and transport over the seas. And then the finished product had to be  transported over the seas and protected against the elements.

Eventually a methodology was developed to stabilize the latex sap for long distance transport, and coupled with a new curing process called the Talalay Process. Now latex rubber products could be produced in Europe and America, and the parameters could be more tightly controlled to our demand.

The Talalay Latex Process was actually envisioned with one more "enhancement" -- the addition of recently-formulated man-made rubber otherwise known as SBR or Styrene-Butadiene Rubber. Thus, Original Talalay Latex was a blended latex product and promised to offer the best qualities of both the natural and man-made rubbers.

With the "green movement" of recent years, many customers asked the question, "This Talalay Latex is such a great product ... but can you make an all natural version?" And so there came about All Natural Talalay Latex foam -- specifically for the bedding industry.

Today there are a number of products available:

And here at Ultimate Sleep, we offer all of them at everyday discount prices, as well as fully upholstered toppers and custom mattresses of the best latex available!

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