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Why You Need a Mattress Protector

Properly caring for your mattress is important, not only to extend the life of your mattress but also to protect your investment. We’ve previously discussed tips on maintenance, but let’s take that one step further and look at what they can do and a few reasons why a mattress protector specifically is a good idea.

Help keep your mattress clean

Many people will automatically associate a mattress protector with wetting the bed and decide they don’t need it. If you think about it though, human bodies are pretty gross. We produce oil from our skin. We all perspire at night. We all shed dead skin. Some of us wear makeup. That doesn’t even include other “activities” that may leave wet spots or an accident if someone happens to get sick. All of these can soak through your sheets and into the mattress; once a little gets in, it can be impossible to get it back out and can provide a breeding ground for more gross things like mold.

Help protect the warranty

If a mattress is stained, the warranty is void. Even if the stain has nothing to do with the warranty issue, it still voids the warranty. Stained mattresses are unsanitary, and no company wants to return those to the warehouse for a warranty claim.

Keeps your mattress feeling “like new” for longer

Perspiration (or any moisture, like spilling a drink) will wear down the foams in the mattress, shortening the life of your mattress. Think of it as a kitchen sponge after too many uses. Even if only a little moisture gets through, after years of every night use that adds up. You will need to replace your mattress more quickly without the protector.

Helps prevent dust mite allergies from acting up

Dust mite allergies are very common and can lead to issues such as sneezing, runny nose, wheezing, and shortness of breath. A protector can be more easily removed from your mattress and cleaned, leaving less dead skin available for dust mites to feed on. This will also help keep down the amount of dirt, dust, and insect parts your bed may accumulate.

Defense against bed bugs

As if the idea of dust mites aren’t enough, there is also the possibility of bed bugs to think about. There is no guaranteed way to completely prevent bed bugs due to their method of travel, but a mattress protector can help. A properly designed encasement can keep bed bugs from getting into the mattress or box spring. They can only get on the surface of the encasement where they are easy to spot and remove.

BoxDrop Corpus Christi offers protective covers as well as some of the most affordable mattresses in Corpus Christi in the event you find yourself needing a new mattress.  Call us at (361) 876-4445 to set up a consultation with our supportive staff or visit us during regular business hours in-store located at 1251 Nile Drive, Corpus Christi, Texas.

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Memory Foam vs. Hybrid

Memory foam mattresses have been rising in popularity since their introduction into the market due to their ability to contour to the body. However, it’s not without its drawbacks. A hybrid mattress combines both innerspring and foam. Customers who are struggling with a memory foam mattress may enjoy a hybrid mattress. Can’t decide what to look at? Here are some distinctions for each to decide what will work best for your needs.

Memory Foam

Memory foam was actually created in 1966 by Charles Yost for NASA. T-foam was intended to provide cushioning for use by astronauts to relieve the stress caused by the high G-force the astronauts were subjected to. NASA then sold the formula to medical companies, who unfortunately ran into problems as the original product was too brittle to be used long term. It wasn’t until a company named Tempurpedic was able to craft a more durable version that still had the same desirable qualities that it was ready to become a commercial product.

One of the core benefits of memory foam is the pressure-relieving benefits that are used to help prevent pressure sores and minimize pain in sensitive areas. When you lay on memory foam, the material yields and adjusts to your shape, rather than forcing you to contour to it. It is also good for motion isolation, which would be beneficial to a couple with a partner that tosses and turns in their sleep. However, typical memory foam mattresses are known to trap body heat and lower quality mattresses may also contain toxic chemicals like formaldehyde and isocyanates. With the lack of bounce, a memory foam mattress may feel restrictive and some consumers report feeling “trapped” in the mattress due to the high level of sinkage. A memory foam mattress is more likely to suit you if you have problems with your back, spine alignment or joints; you’re a snorer; your partner moves around a lot and tends to wake you up.

Hybrid

A hybrid mattress, like a hybrid car, combine innerspring and foam, creating a combination of a traditional and more modern product to offer consumers the best complementation of the various features of each material. The core of the mattress is typically made of pocketed innerspring, while the top comfort layer is memory foam. The breathability of hybrid mattresses is generally superior to a memory foam mattress. They are less likely to become uncomfortably hot, which is great for those of us who sleep hot or who live in a hot climate like South Texas. There is also a wider variety to be found within the hybrid mattress market. The levels and combinations of spring and foam can be changed around to find your perfect fit. For a full memory foam mattress, the firmness and support tend to run quite similar across the board. Due to the extra materials and features, hybrid mattresses tend to be more expensive. Hybrid mattresses are usually quite heavy, making them difficult to maneuver and store. A hybrid mattress may be more suitable for you if you sleep on your side, requiring more firmness; you dislike the feeling of sinking into a mattress; you want the benefits of both memory foam and an innerspring mattress.

At BoxDrop Corpus Christi, we will always work to help you make the purchase most suitable to your needs. Our educated staff has the expertise and knowledge to breakdown the science behind these awesome mattresses; stop in at 1251 Nile Drive, Corpus Christi, Texas or call us at (361) 876-4445 to set up a consultation appointment. Don’t forget to visit our Facebook and Instagram for promotions, news, and reviews from happy customers.

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King Mattress Options

In 2013, the Better Sleep Council released a report that stated many people are sleeping in beds that are simply too small. Most couples choose a Queen size mattress for their bedroom, but a typical King size mattress is 76 inches wide by 80 inches long, which provides about 16 more inches than a queen; when it comes to the quality of your sleep, those few extra inches may make a world of difference. Some of the King mattresses provided at BoxDrop range from as low as $150 and up depending on what type of features you’re looking for; read below for some of the available products to get an idea of what you can find in store.

Sapphire Sleep

Sapphire Sleep mattresses are a popular option in Corpus Christi due to their cooling technology, making them perfect for our hot climate. Gel memory foam draws body heat away and allows for breathability while high-density memory foam conforms to your body providing support, pressure point relief, and proper spinal alignment for a great night’s sleep. Sapphire Sleep provides 6 King size mattress options ranging from as low as $750 to a little under $2,000 depending on your desired features and includes options like the Copper Gel, Silver Ice Gel, and Thermal Gel.

Simmons Beautyrest

The Beautyrest line from Simmons features traditional innerspring mattresses and hybrid mattresses that combine a revamped coil system with a foam layer at the top. Most Simmons Beautyrest beds have thicker-than-average profiles, making them especially suitable for heavier individuals. Beautyrest mattresses are available in a King size at BoxDrop Corpus Christi in 8 different options starting as low as $675.

Corsicana

A Topaz Pillowtop from Corsicana is one of the many affordable options offered by BoxDrop at only $450.  Features of this American made mattress include layers of soft and supple foams that give this mattress a supportive and comfortable feel. The foam encased edge support reinforces the mattress edges making it easier to get in and out of bed while offering a larger usable sleep surface.

Call us at (361) 876-4445 to set up a consultation with our staff in-store located at 1251 Nile Drive, Corpus Christi, Texas and be treated like a king. The BoxDrop Corpus Christi team offers some of the best customer service in the Coastal Bend with reviews to prove it! Inventory includes items such as adjustable bases, platforms, box springs, headboards, pillows, and protectors for all of your shopping needs. Don’t miss our Facebook and Instagram for news, satisfied customer testimonials, and promotional offers.

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Why are mattresses so expensive?

A common question asked by consumers when it’s time to shop for a new mattress is, “Why are mattresses so expensive?” Are they really, though? Given that it’s one of the most-used items in your home and can directly affect your health and the quality of your sleep, it’s important that you invest in a good mattress. The initial sticker price may hurt to think about, but there are a few factors in determining why mattresses cost what they do and why it’s worth that cost.

Hidden Costs

Production costs, shipping costs, distributor or retailer markups. There is no second-hand mattress market for hygienic reasons, meaning consumers buy new mattresses when they need them and not when they want them, delaying purchases. Although this is beginning to change, until recently there were a limited amount of suppliers for the basic components of a mattress. Considering the law of supply and demand, those suppliers can afford to charge inflated prices due to offering a necessary product with little competition.

Materials and features influence cost

Common consensus tells us that a mattress should last 7-10 years with care, if not longer. When you consider the per-day use price, it is very low. Mattress prices generally rise depending on how durable the product is and how long its lifespan will be, although the materials used and the particular variety of mattress itself can have cost impacts. The amount and type of fabric used in a mattress can also impact selling prices. As a general rule, innerspring mattresses are the least expensive of the bunch, followed by all-foam mattresses, then hybrid pocketed coils, as well as latex foam mattresses. Another factor that can contribute to the expensive price tag is the border of the mattress, where borders that are hand-stitched can become more expensive than those that are stitched by machine or are quilted. A few of the other features include the number of coils, presence of cooling technology, compatibility with an adjustable base, density of memory foam if present and extra thickness of the mattress.

Lack of Consumer Knowledge

Consumers only buy a mattress once every 5-10 years, and it’s a product that is difficult to really gauge the quality since everyone has different sleep preferences and expectations. Due to the lack of transparency from manufacturers, customers have no idea what they are sleeping on. Many people may walk into a mattress store to shop without doing any sort of research into what different materials and features mean. With no reference point, how can one know if they’re getting a good deal, or even that they’re getting a mattress that addresses their needs?

Luckily, BoxDrop Corpus Christi operates through a system known as Factory Direct, which allows us to eliminate the overhead of distribution that most mattress retailers have to face. Through this process, we are able to offer our mattress inventory at discounted rates between 40-70%. BoxDrop also offers 90-day financing with a low initial payment. Call us at (361) 876-4445 to set up a consultation with our staff or visit us during regular business hours in-store located at 1251 Nile Drive, Corpus Christi, Texas. Don’t forget to visit our Facebook and Instagram for satisfied customer reviews, promotions, and deals!

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What to Do When You Have Bed Bugs

Bed bugs: two words no one wants to hear in any sentence associated with their home, furniture they’ve used, or a bed they’ve slept in. Bed bugs are tiny pests that live on the blood of animals or humans, and although they are not thought to transmit diseases, they are a nuisance that are tough to get rid of and can leave you covered in bites leaving you with itchy welts. They crawl rather than fly, but are able to move quickly and may enter your home undetected catching a ride on luggage, clothing, used beds and couches, and other items. Treating a bed bug infestation is complex and can take weeks or even months. So what can you do to prevent getting them, or if you suspect you already have them?

Prevention

Unfortunately, there is no guaranteed way to prevent the possibility of ever getting bed bugs due to how they travel, but you can take steps to reduce the chances of bringing them into and allowing an infestation of your home. Some of these steps include:

  • Bed bugs are not like roaches that are drawn to and thrive in a “dirty” environment. Reducing clutter however can help reduce the number of hiding spots.
  • Use a protective cover that encases mattresses and box springs to eliminate many hiding spots.
  • Vacuum frequently to remove any successful hitchhikers.
  • Be vigilant when using shared laundry facilities. Transport items to be washed in plastic bags (if you have an active infestation, use a new bag for the journey home). Remove from the dryer directly into the bag and fold your laundry at home. A dryer on high heat can kill bed bugs.
  • Do your research before staying in places like hotels. Sites like Bedbug Reports and TripAdvisor allow guests to share warnings to fellow travelers of any potential bed bug sightings, letting you steer clear of the problem areas.
  • Keep your belongings stored separately from those of other people. If there is a known problem with bed bugs in the office or school, consider storing your belongings in a plastic bin.
  • If you find bed bugs, do not move from your bed to the couch or stay in someone else’s home. Do not move your furniture from room to room; you’ll only allow the bed bugs more opportunities and places to spread.

Resources

According to the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) preparing for control is very important whether you are considering hiring a professional or planning to do it yourself. The EPA’s website includes important information such as identifying bed bugs, treatment, prevention, and general information. Controlling bed bugs using integrated pest management means using a variety of methods, including both chemical and non-chemical techniques. If you would like to use a do-it-yourself approach, be sure to come up with a plan to execute to ensure eradication and safety. All do-it-yourself products, especially foggers, should be researched and employed properly. In addition, you should be careful to only use legal control methods, as others may cause serious harm. Local companies like ABC Home & Commercial and Fox Pest Control can assist in treating your home for bed bugs.

Precautions

It is not recommended to immediately throw infested items away. As items are carried through the home to be discarded, bed bugs can fall off of the item and be spread throughout the home to uninfested areas. In the event the furniture is in poor condition or highly infested and discarding the item is the best option, it is best left to a professional so that the item can be discarded properly without spreading the problem. Mattresses and furniture should not simply be discarded on the curb or in a dumpster as they may be picked up by an unsuspecting party, spreading the problem to a new location. It’s important to realize that some people reuse items from transfer stations, dumpsters or city curbs. Before you discard bedding, use a sharp implement to destroy the fabric. Write “bed bugs” and “infested” on it with a marker or spray paint. Seal the item in plastic shrink wrap and/or bags. These steps help protect everyone from this tenacious pest.

BoxDrop Corpus Christi offers protective covers as well as some of the most affordable mattresses in Corpus Christi in the event you find yourself needing a new mattress.  Call us at (361) 876-4445 to set up a consultation with our supportive staff or visit us during regular business hours in-store located at 1251 Nile Drive, Corpus Christi, Texas.