Moisture control in mattresses and bedding.
Often overlooked by traditional manufacturers, moisture control in mattresses and bedding is probably the most important factor in creating a successful sleep environment.
When we sleep we perspire. If that moisture remains next to our body we get clammy and hot. Often to alleviate this issue we will throw off the blankets causing the moisture to evaporate quickly and cooling us so fast we get a chill. Then we repeat the process over and over destroying any hope of a decent night sleep.
To ensure the comfort of our mattress and bedding products we use two natural fibres – Wool and Alpaca. I will expand on Alpaca later but first let’s look at why wool is great for moisture control. Wool will continue to feel dry even when it has absorbed 30% – 50% of its weight in moisture. Capillary action (wicking) moves the moisture along the fibres and away from your body. Wool has a very fast drying rate so it releases the moisture that has been drawn away from you into the air keeping you warm and dry; not hot and sweaty. Alpaca’s fibre is hollow and it works like wool but even better with faster drying and better capillary action. It does not contain lanolin which we love for its antibacterial and anti-dust mite properties so we use Alpaca in pillows and duvets, blended with 30% to 50% wool.
In closing, research with tell you there are many synthetic wicking fibres on the market today. They are used in sportswear and some traditional mattresses and show excellent capillary action. Unfortunately tests show they do not offer the quick drying ability of wool and also have the problem of trapping fats and bacteria in the fibre pores resulting in odour. Most of us have purchased these high tech garments and have been stunned by the seemingly impossible to remove smell after just a few workouts. Manufacturers combat this problem by adding even more chemicals to combat the odour – something none of us need in our chemical soaked environment. This is why we have no doubt Wool and Alpaca are the best fibres for moisture control in mattresses and bedding.