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Nectar mattress protector composition
The Nectar mattress protector is a thin, waterproof layer made from 100% Tencel that will protect your mattress against stains, spills, moisture, dirt, and bacteria.
It also creates an additional layer to protect you from dust mites. 🐛
Even though the top of the cover is made of 100% Tencel, it features two additional materials:
- A polyurethane film at the bottom, which makes the mattress protector completely waterproof.
- A 100% polyester skirt that allows you to wrap the protector over any mattress that's up to 32 cm (12.6 inches) deep.
We'll consider these two further down.
But, first, what is Tencel?
Tencel is a fibre made from the wood pulp of trees.
Not only is this an eco-friendly and sustainable alternative, but Tencel Lyocell fibres are also more breathable than cotton, moisture-wicking, and soft & luxurious to the touch. 🌱
This gives the Nectar mattress protector a unique feel to help you get a good night's sleep.
Nectar mattress protector washing instructions
A good mattress protector will always be machine-washable. 🛀
Conveniently, the Nectar waterproof mattress protector is washable up to 90℃.
Products washable at high temperatures are a great anti-allergy choice for people prone to allergies and asthma. 🤧
A machine wash at high temperatures guarantees that any bed bugs or dust mites that may have found their way into your bed will be killed.
No tumble drying
On the downside, the Nectar mattress protector cannot be tumble-dried.
You'll need to hang it out to drip dry. ☀️
But, very few waterproof mattress protectors can actually be tumble-dried.
This is because the waterproof membrane can easily be damaged if it comes into contact with the hot drum.
The Simba mattress protector is a rare exception, which can be tumble dried at low temperatures.
Some guides suggest that you can actually tumble dry all waterproof protectors on a low-heat setting, but we wouldn't risk it.
That said, not being able to dry a mattress protector can be an inconvenience as the waterproof film takes a very long time to dry - even in summer conditions.
We usually expect a protector to dry within 24 hours, but it can take even longer. ⏰
Buying two protectors and swapping them out while waiting for the other to dry is a good solution.
How often should you wash your mattress protector?
Luckily, you don't have to wash your mattress protector every week.
Washing it once every two months or so is plenty.
But you should pop it into the wash immediately after you've spilt something. 🍷
You can just throw the protector into the wash with your regular bedding.
Nectar mattress protector prices
The Nectar mattress protector isn’t the cheapest, but it’s quite competitively priced when compared to other quality protectors.
The Emma mattress protector and the Simba mattress protector - two excellent products - are notably more expensive. 🇬🇧
In contrast, the Nectar mattress protector offers fantastic value for money.
Nectar delivery conditions
All Nectar products come with free delivery within 2 - 5 working days. 🚛
The Nectar mattress protector is wrapped in a plastic covering and comes delivered in a small but sturdy cardboard box.
It’s quick and easy to unpack.
Don’t forget that you have to wash the mattress protector before use to ensure a good fit! 🚿
Should you buy the Nectar mattress protector?
The Nectar mattress protector is a great buy.
It’s quiet and crinkle-free, fits snugly, has good waterproofing, and feels soft and comfortable.
When it comes to mattress protectors, Nectar Sleep gets it right. 👌
This product is well worth the investment.