What Is Memory Foam?

Wednesday, 24 Nov 2010 09:38 AM

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Memory foam is essentially polyurethane with additional chemicals that impart it improved properties such as increased viscosity and density. Also called visco-elastic polyurethane foam, memory foam responds to warm human body temperature in minutes. Memory foam is also called slow release foam.

Compared to conventional mattresses that remain flat and stubborn, memory foam mattresses precisely mould according to the curves of the human body.
 
In recent years, memory foam has become cheaper to manufacture and has grown in popularity. Memory foams are commonly used in the manufacture of mattresses, pillows, and mattress toppers. Memory foam cushions and footwear are also becoming popular.

Because of the feature of memory foam that allows the mattresses and other bedding materials to adjust to an individual’s personal shape, these are considered to be the most luxurious and comfortable bedding entities on earth.

Memory foam mattresses are usually heavier than normal ones, but offer undeniable advantages. Memory foam mattresses and beddings can distribute bodyweight better, leading to an all-round sustained comfort for the body. In memory foam mattresses, the body weight is not concentrated on a particular area, unlike the case in a normal mattress, but is rather evenly distributed.
 
Memory foam pillows work around the same principle. These visco-elastic pillows not only provide about comfort but also prevent sore necks and other sleep-related injuries that normal pillows may cause. These pillows eliminate the slightest traces of fatigue and back stiffness that are related to sleep.
 
Memory foam is now also being integrated in Japanese style futons, in Japan as well as in the rest of the world. Futon mattresses were known to be hard, lumpy, and uncomfortable. But these conditions have changed with the use of memory foam.  Moreover, visco-elastic futons can be used for purposes other than sleeping. They can be used as both sofas and couches and do not tak up a great deal of space. 
 
Sponge mattresses are another category of comfort mattresses that are being integrated into memory foam mattresses. Though sponge mattresses can be bought independently, some sellers incorporate sponge in their memory foam mattresses. However, it must be noted that some memory foam mattresses emit smell, and memory foam mattresses have to be regularly cleaned and maintained.
 
Memory foam mattresses can be cleaned in various ways. Vacuum cleaners can be used for not-so-elaborate cleaning. Another excellent way to clean memory foam mattresses is by using liquid fabric cleaner spray. Baking soda and hydrogen peroxide can be used for cleaning memory foam mattresses that have stubborn stains, though hydrogen peroxide permanently discolors the mattress.

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