Mattress Pad Buying Guide

Mattress Pad Buying Guide


What is Open Foam versus Closed Foam?

Open-cell foam is soft – like a cushion. The cell walls, or surfaces of the bubbles, are broken and air fills all of the spaces in the material.
Closed-cell foam has varying degrees of hardness, depending on its density. It is strong enough to walk on without major distortion. Most of the cells or bubbles in the foam are tight like a soccer ball or a kids pool noodle.

What Is Foam Density?

Foam density is a specific measurement of how much weight in pounds Polyurethane foam can handle per cubic foot. This density rating tells you the strength of the foam. The height is the number that tells you how much longer the foam will last. It should not be used exclusively as a sign of durability or comfort; because firmness and lifespan of foam products like mattresses and cushions, depend on many factors, including density.

What is ILD or IFD?

ILD or IFD is the measurement firmness of how hard or soft the foam is. The higher number the foam is, the firmer the foam is. Also represents how many pounds the foam will hold before it collapses. For example, for a block of 12” x 12” x 12” foam cube, after the certain ILD is reached that foam will collapse.

What are Peak and Base?

Refers to convoluted or “eggcrate” foam. “Peak” is defined as the distance between the bottom surface and the top of the points of foam. “Base” is defined as the distance (or, the thickness) from the bottom surface to the lowest point in the valley between two peaks of foam.


Features and Benefits

Important information to review and consider when selecting a mattress pad:

Warranty— Due to state-to-state requirements and regulations for personal products, we can only accept items that are returned UNUSED, still in its original sealed packages. Therefore, there is no warranty on this product

Sizing—standard retail sizes are as follows and indicated on the chart on this page; hospital sizes are indicated by dimension and can be referenced in the Hospital Mattress Pad page on this website.

Standard retail sizes:

  • Twin – 39” x 75”
  • Twin XL – 39” x 80”
  • Full – 54” x 75”
  • Full XL – 54” x 80”
  • Queen – 60” x 80”
  • King – 76” x 80”
  • California King – 72” x 84”

Proper Use and Placement—

This mattress cushion is designed to go on top of your mattress; it may also go over or under any conventional mattress pad currently being used. Mattress cushions are slightly smaller than mattresses to accommodate snug, fitted sheets. Ensure the foam hills and valleys are facing up and the flat side is against the mattress.

Opening Your Mattress Cushion—

Take care in opening your compression packed mattress pad; the mattress cushion will begin to expand to full size upon opening. Allow pad to “rest” 24 hours to expand to its full height before using or placing a sheet over the cushion. A slight odor may be present when first opened; this harmless smell will fade as the foam airs.

Use with Electric Blankets—

Electric blankets may be used with this mattress cushion. Electric blankets should be checked regularly to ensure blanket is in good working condition with no visible wear or frayed wiring. Follow basic precautions when using an electrical product.

Care and Cleaning—

Remove the cushion from the mattress prior to cleaning. Lightly vacuum to remove dust or debris. Never machine wash or dry clean. Spot clean by spraying with a mild soap and water mixture to soiled areas. Never soak the mattress. Allow to air dry until completely dry; never wring or twist the foam.

Warning: Urethane Foam is Flammable—

Due to flammability, do not expose urethane foam to open flame or any other type of direct or indirect high temperature ignition sources, including but not limited to, burning operations, space heaters, welding, burning cigarettes or naked bulbs.

Combustion Modified

At the time of manufacture, this material meets the requirements of California Technical Bulletin 117 and Underwriters Laboratories test procedure UL 94 HBF.