Q: Why should I use a mattress pad?
A: A mattress pad is designed to lie on top of a mattress. It can have an elasticized skirt that is placed over and around a mattress, similar to a bottom fitted sheet. Or it can have anchor bands at the corners that keep it in place.
A mattress pad serves several purposes:
- It offers extra cushioning, enhancing the overall comfort of the mattress. You experience the added softness of a mattress pad, while not taking away from the support of the mattress.
- It protects the integrity of the mattress, especially the stitching along the seams. A protected mattress will have a much longer useful life.
- Most importantly, it acts as a buffer between the sheets and the mattress, helping protect against stains. An unprotected mattress can become stained very easily, even from natural perspiration. Remember, you never wash your mattress, so it's important to keep it clean.