Topic: Wool

Moisture Control in Mattresses and Bedding

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.

We Use Pure Organic Wool to Create the Dormio Organic Latex Mattress


Wool is the perfect fibre for mattress padding, which is the reason we use wool whenever possible in our Dormio organic mattresses, organic wool pillows and organic wool toppers. It’s a natural, safe and mildew resistant fibre that science cannot imitate for its versatility, practicability, fire retardency and breathability. Wool keeps you cooler in the summer and warmer in the winter so it’s the ideal material for organic mattresses. Wool can absorb one third of its weight in moisture before feeling wet, yet water evaporates quickly due to its air channels between the fibres. Its excellent wicking action is perfect for keeping us dry when sleeping. We produce about a pint of water vapour during an eight hour sleeping cycle. Wool keeps a sleepers skin dry instead of wet and clammy.

Wool is renewable and is harvested without slaughtering the sheep. Organic wool is produced on farms where the sheep are raised organically; they are fed and cared for without the use of chemicals. The sheep do not go through routine chemical treatments such as drenching, dipping for parasites, antibiotics, vaccines, or growth hormones. Sheep that are raised organically graze on organic fields and are fed organic food. Only hot water and biodegradable soaps are used to wash organic wool and no sulfuric acid solution is ever used. The wool is then hand selected for carding.

Not only is organic wool the most breathable and insulating natural fibre on the planet, when used properly on an organic mattress, but  it’s also a great substitute for fire retardants, as wool is a natural fire retardant. Organic wool lets us produce a chemical free mattress for clients looking for a safer and healthier sleep.

Now you may be wondering how our organic wool is exactly utilized in the creation of our organic mattresses. There are 3 components which go into our organic mattress.

  • Natural Latex is used as the core of the mattress.
  • Organic Cotton used to cover the entire mattress (also known as the ticking)
  • Organic Wool is used as the padding for the mattress

The organic wool is an essential part in adding to the comfort of the natural latex which is used as the core. Due to the natural latex, organic mattresses are sometimes referred to as organic latex mattress or natural latex mattress.

At Dormio we just love wool and use it generously on most of our products. Our organic latex mattresses use wool, we have the largest selection of Organic wool duvets you’ve seen anywhere. We even use wool in our Organic Alpaca duvets, a 30/70 blend works wonderfully and then of course we have the largest selection of organic wool pillows available anywhere in Toronto and GTA. Visit us today and browse our large range of organic latex mattresses, organic pillows, sheet and duvets. We are sure you will find something to help you get a healthier sleep. You can even call us for more information or continue browsing our site. You will find a list of products at

Wool Comfort Package

Sweating at night happens because we reach a point in our bed where the bed is no longer able to absorb more heat. The next step the body takes to cool itself down is sweating.

By surrounding yourself in wool you create air flow. Wool doesn’t absorb heat, wool breathes with you.

Comfort package….wool mattress pad, wool duvet and wool pillow

Twin  package:

Natura Twin Classic Comfort Wool Topper  $149

Natura Twin Classic All Season Duvet  $179

Natura standard Wool Cloud Pillow   $ 71

Total Value  $399

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Double package:

Natura Double Classic Comfort Wool Topper  $179

Natura Double Classic All Season Duvet  $209

Natura standard Wool Cloud Pillow (2) @ $71  $142

Total Value $530

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Queen package:

Natura Queen Classic Comfort Wool Topper  $197

Natura Queen Classic All Season Duvet $239

Natura Queen Wool Cloud Pillow (2) @ $77  $154

Total Value  $590

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King package:

Natura King Classic Comfort Wool Topper   $239

Natura King Classic All Season Duvet  $269

Natura King Wool Cloud Pillow (2) @ $89  $178

Total Value  $686

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Taxes and shipping will be added on checkout, but the discount will be reflected on the official invoice that will be sent from Dormio Organic Beds.

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A bit more about wool….


Renewable and Sustainable. Wool is a renewable resource that can be shorn from sheep annually. It is biodegradable and kinder to the environment than oil-based synthetics, which contribute to global pollution. Wool is sustainable. Wool from free-grazing sheep, treated ethically throughout their long lives, represents a traditional small-scale industry that once thrived in America. Today, many small organic farmers are returning to this sustainable industry to create clean and healthy wool that is produced without stress to the animals or the environment.


Wool has natural fire-retardant properties. It can resist flame without the chemical treatment involved in fireproofing. Most synthetic  based fibres ignite easily, burn fiercely and melt.


Wool is durable. Laboratory tests have shown that wool fibres resist tearing and can bend back on themselves more than 20,000 times without breaking. Cotton breaks after 3,200 bends, silk fibres break after 1,800 bends, and rayon fibres break after just 75 bends. Wool clothing will last for years. Wool resists spills, dries very quickly and is mildew resistant


Built-in climate control. Wool is a natural insulator to keep you warm in winter and naturally breathable to keep you cool in summer. Wool fibres help to keep your body at the optimal temperature zone for comfort and rest. When used in blankets, synthetic fibres, down and even cotton fibres do not breathe as well as wool, and are more likely to trap heat in your bed. Wool buffers the extreme cold or hot air on the outside, keeping your body in that comfort zone.


Naturally absorbent!  Wool fibre is the original wicking fibre. Wool fabrics can absorb up to 30% of their weight without feeling heavy or damp. Cotton fabrics begin to feel damp after 15%. The fibres “breathe” by absorbing away moisture from the body and releasing it into the air. This quality makes wool fabrics comfortable to wear in warm and cold weather.


Natural mildew and mould resistance. Wool’s natural resistance to mildews and moulds comes from the way it repels moisture, and lets moisture pass through its fibres without holding the moisture. Mildews and moulds require moisture to live and grow.

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Why do we use wool from Argentina?

All Dormio Premium mattresses use 100% organic wool fillings and batting from Argentina.

The pure wool used in the quilting process is shorn from sheep that have grazed only in pastures free from pesticides and herbicides.  The wool is washed without detergents, chemicals, chlorine or bleach  just hot water and soap.  It is processed without the use of oils or bonding agents, so it just doesn’t get any purer than that.

With the craftsmanship born of centuries of experience, the company processes the raw fleece into a high quality end-product through careful sorting, washing and drying  a 100% organic process that does not involve the use of any chemicals or bleach.  The wool fibre produced retains 1 – 2% lanolin oil; a completely natural dust-mite repellent.

This wool comes from Argentina, in the region of Tierra Del Fuego in Patagonia.

The sheep are bred carefully and live a stress-free life, the Estencia (farms) are very large, 50km x 50km, this means that they only encounter humans twice a year, once to do the de-worming and once to get shaved.

The climate in Patagonia is very dry, filled with short grubs and rocks.  Because of this climate, no agriculture has ever grown on this land, leaving the soil pure and organic.  The temperature ranges between 8°C and 25°C, keeping their furs thick all year round.

The type of sheep is called Corriedale, they provide a wool that is denser, more resilient to its shape and that has a rough finish.  All these properties are excellent for mattresses, pillows and comforters.

The Dormio products are very carefully monitored by our manufacturer. Plastic, baling twine, mothballs or strong chemical are never used to remove impurities .  Vegetable based soaps and other agents are used for washing, lubrication and static control.

All the wool used to manufacture this batting is certified through OIA and GOTS, both being the strongest independent Organic Certifiers in the World.





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Best selection of natural and organic quality mattresses and bedding in the GTA!