I’m really torn about what my encasement + protector setup should be for my new DIY latex bed (layer testing to commence this weekend!).
There’s a number of goals I have in mind:
- Prevent mold growth
- Prevent the omnipresent dust mite population from moving in and colonizing my new bed
[li]Try not to ruin the pressure relief benefits of latex by covering it all up with so many layers of protection that will change the way the latex feels
For the foundation, I’ll have the low-profile 5.5" simple slatted wood foundation from U.S. Boxsprings. That’s kiln dried spruce with a cotton cover. Then I want to put the entire foundation inside some type of encasement, and then once it’s enclosed it will sit on a Knickerbocker Monster metal bed frame. (I’ve given up on directly attaching 10" high universal bed legs to the foundation. Stability is more important than looks or more underbed storage.) So I just need to choose a dust mite encasement here.
Then for the mattress, I was thinking, to preserve the natural feel of the latex, to put my layers inside a simple cotton knit ticking. Next probably comes a dust mite encasement. And then on top of that I was leaning towards the St. Dormeir wool mattress protector.
A couple of questions came to mind while I was figuring all this out.
Should a dust mite encasement be put on on top of or under a wool mattress protector? I think due to the difficulty of putting on and taking off a full encasement, I’m probably not going to be washing it that much; and I believe you aren’t supposed to wash dust mite covers that much anyway because each wash decreases the effectiveness of the tightly woven material.
But I’m finding conflicting information about wool and whether it is resistant to dust mites. Plus I’m confused about how often to wash a wool mattress protector, if at all? I thought wool shouldn’t be washed that much either.
Finally, as far as mold prevention goes, I want the entire bed setup to be as breathable as possible, so I was looking into membrane free dust mite encasements. I know this is giving up waterproofing though. I’m also confused about whether a 100% cotton cover is more or less breathable than a polyester (gasp! I know, covering a natural mattress in polyester…) microfiber material. I found membrane free covers in both materials, and both have similarly small pore fine weave (around 3 microns).
And then I was worried all these layers, that include tightly woven encasements, are going to cover up the feel of the latex.
That’s my stream of consciousness jumble of questions. Anyone have any thoughts to share or suggestions?