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Do You Need a Mattress Protector? Yes, Here’s Why.

December 15, 2023  ·  6 min read

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Do you need a mattress protector? If you have recently purchased a mattress, this question may have crossed your mind. We understand that the idea of buying more items after buying a mattress can seem unnecessary. But believe us when we say, we will never recommend products that are not crucial to improving your sleep and sustaining the quality and lifespan of the mattress you just invested in. Therefore, the answer to the question “Do you need a mattress protector?” is yes, you do. 

If you invested* in a high-quality mattress — especially if it’s one from Texas Mattress Makers — you will want to do everything you can to enjoy blissful sleep for years and years, right? The best way to get the most out of your mattress is to protect it with a high-quality mattress protector. 

The mattress experts at Texas Mattress Makers are here to explain the importance of a mattress protector and why it is crucial to purchase one shortly after purchasing your mattress.

*Keep reading: How much should you spend on a mattress?

What do mattress protectors do?

Mattress protectors protect mattresses by utilizing a thin material (usually made of breathable, hypoallergenic, and moisture-proof materials) that covers the mattress to create a barrier. Mattress protectors are essential for shielding your mattress from harmful hazards such as:

  • Stains
  • Body fluids such as sweat and urine 
  • Liquids and moisture
  • Allergens such as pet dander, dust, and dirt
  • Mold 
  • Bed bugs
  • And more!

Because a mattress protector does not impact your overall sleep quality, people often ask, “Is it worth getting a mattress protector?” Absolutely! 100%! Having a mattress protector is the only way to protect a bed from excessive wear and tear and extend the lifespan of the mattress so that it can last as long as possible and keep you clean and comfortable all night long.

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What happens if I don’t use a mattress protector? 

Let’s say that you decide that a mattress protector isn’t really worth it. What exactly will happen to your mattress? Mattresses are very absorbent objects meaning that any liquid, specs of dirt or dust, pet hair, and more will accumulate in the mattress over time. These hazards and allergens can quickly wear down your mattress, forcing you to replace it sooner and costing you more money. 

For example, if you sweat while sleeping and don’t have a mattress protector to create that shield, all that sweat will seep into your mattress, degrading it over time. If you had a mattress protector, it would prevent anything from penetrating into the mattress. The barrier can extend the lifespan of your mattress by years, allowing you to sleep comfortably on your bed for as long as you want!

Mattress protectors are also one of the only mattress accessories that can protect your mattress from a bed bug infestation — an event that would cost you an egregious amount of money to be rid of and ruin your mattress. The moral of the story is to buy a mattress protector. It’s worth it. 

Does a mattress protector make a difference in the comfort of your mattress?

It depends on what type of mattress protector you get, but in most cases, the material will not alter the feeling of your mattress. There are mattress protectors out there that do come with extra cushion like a mattress pad, but we recommend purchasing a standard mattress protector so you can still reap the benefits of your mattress’s comfort level without disruptions from excess material. 

Pros and cons of mattress protectors

If you’re still on the fence about needing a mattress protector — even though the benefits are undeniable — here are a few pros and cons of mattress protectors. Hopefully, these will convince you.


  • Extends the lifespan of your mattress saving you money in the long run
  • Protects the mattress from any spills, stains, or allergens 
  • Prevents bed bug infestations that can ruin your mattress (and your bedroom)
  • Keeps the mattress smelling fresh
  • Machine-washable for constant cleanliness 
  • Reduces the need to clean your mattress frequently 
  • Breathable material helps keep you cooler throughout the night

As you can see, there are many benefits to owning a mattress protector. If you need an expert opinion, hear what our founder Youval Meciler, and mattress expert Rachael have to say about mattress protectors!


The truth is that there are truly no cons to purchasing and utilizing a mattress protector — that is if you buy the right one. Because not all mattress protectors are made equal, you should purchase yours from a reputable seller that you trust, like Texas Mattress Makers, to ensure that your protector is of top quality and can shield your mattress from harm.

Find the Best Mattress Protector at Texas Mattress Makers

So, do you need a mattress protector? Yes! A mattress protector guarantees that your mattress will be protected against degradation and wear and tear, extending the lifespan of your mattress. Sleeping without a mattress protector is like forgetting to wear sunscreen or going out into the rain without an umbrella. Do yourself and your mattress a favor and get a quality protector that will allow you to keep your mattress for years to come. 

We sell two mattress protectors both online and in our showroom: 

  • Rodeo Smooth Mattress Protector: In collaboration with Slumbershield®, this hypoallergenic mattress protector offers a luxurious, smooth feel and has a six-sided barrier protection. As well as providing unparalleled comfort, stretch, and mattress protection, the Breathe-a-Barrier® keeps your mattress breathable for cooler sleep and promotes airflow while protecting your mattress from any liquid absorption.
  • Terry Top Mattress Protector: Our Slumbershield® Terry Cloth mattress protector keeps your mattress safe without compromising softness or comfort. The terry soft feel provides a pleasantly comfortable surface so you can rest easily and comfortably knowing your mattress is protected. 

Visit any of our mattress stores in Katy, Downtown Houston, The Woodlands, Rosenberg, Humble, and Baybrook, TX, or shop online to view our selection of handmade mattresses and mattress accessories.  

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