Whoever said "It's not about what's on the outside, but what's on the inside that matters" clearly was not talking about mattresses.
When it comes to mattresses, the inside obviously matters—but so does the outside. Different mattresses have various materials that serve unique purposes.
For example, vinyl and nylon both make for great mattress covers, but they also have unique features that make them perfectly suited for specific settings. Let's take a look at both fabrics and learn which is right for you.
What's the big deal about Anti-BAC Vinyl?
Antibacterial is a word people throw around a lot. But what does it even mean? When it comes to our mattresses, antibacterial tells our customers that these products contain a chemical called Ultra Fresh, which is registered with the EPA. Ultra Fresh kills or disables bacteria. The end result: You don't have bacteria growing on your mattress.
The antibacterial feature on a vinyl mattress is especially valuable for camps. Think of the things these beds experience with each new camper who sleeps in them from one week to the next—sweat, bed wetting, sickness, and who knows what else. The more protection your mattresses have from bacteria, the better.
Even though they're antibacterial, vinyl mattresses still need cleaning. That's no big deal because they're wipeable. One benefit of vinyl is that it's more effective in keeping out moisture than nylon is. Why? Because vinyl naturally is a waterproof material whereas nylon relies on the coating for its waterproof trait.
The main difference between vinyl and nylon is due to the manufacturing process. Vinyl is a popular fabric choice for camps since kids are not as picky about comfort, and it’s also a more economical option for the camp directors buying them.
What's so special about SOFlux-OX Nylon?
If you're running a facility where people are sleeping on your mattresses for more than a few days at a time, you may want to invest in SOFlux-OX Nylon. Because it's a woven fabric, nylon doesn't have a plastic feel, and it breathes well. It's generally preferred for conference facilities, rescue missions, colleges, and military housing.
Basically, if adults are sleeping on your mattresses, you probably want to have nylon. Its breathability allows your guests to sleep cooler, so you don't have to worry that they'll wake up in the middle of the night dripping with sweat as they throw off their blankets in exasperation. For adults, comfort is a major factor in bedding.
How are they alike?
Vinyl and nylon are not complete opposites. Here are a few features they have in common...
Antibacterial. While antibacterial is not in the name of our nylon mattress like it is vinyl, both fabrics have this valuable feature that keep your beds from growing bacteria.
Waterproof. Being waterproof makes these mattresses easy to clean. The easiest way to clean your vinyl or nylon mattress is to spray it with a non-bleach solution and wipe it down.
Our mattresses are also fluid proof, which means our fabrics protect the inside of the mattress from any fluids that come into contact with it — whether that be spilled drinks, bed wetting, vomit or damp towels.
Stain Resistant. As long as accidents happen, stains will happen. And there's nothing worse than a mattress that's technically clean, yet irreversibly stained. That's why American Bedding makes both our vinyl and nylon mattresses stain resistant.
Bed Bug Proof. While this feature is optional on our vinyl and nylon mattresses, it's highly recommended. We certainly hope bed bugs never happen to you, but frankly, we've seen too much to tell you in good conscience not to worry about them. By choosing mattresses with the inverted seam design, you can reduce the risk of a future infestation.
For more information about vinyl, nylon, or anything else mattress-related, contact American Bedding Manufacturers, Inc. Our knowledgeable sales team can tell you exactly what you need to know—and more! Contact us online, or give us a call at (800) 203-2507. If price is the real question, click on the banner below to request a quote today!