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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