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Different Types of Latex

Natural (Organic) This is made from the natural sap or serum that is harvested from the rubber tree and then is processed. The sap is harvested by a primitive technology called “tapping” which consists of making small incisions on the tree and collecting the sap in containers. Mattresses made from 100% natural latex are very hard to find on the market because of the cost involved in extraction and manufacturing. Synthetic (Man Made) This means that the material used for production of latex mattresses is human made with technology known as polymerization and includes binding together single molecules of a monomer such as styrene mixed with surfactants. The end result is a material that has similar characteristics to the natural one, and is much cheaper. The down side is that this material has shorter durability and is not as firm as the natural latex. Blended (Mixed) The term blended signifies that this latex is made from mixing natural and synthetic latex usually in ratios of 80% synthetic and 20% natural. There is also a blend of equal parts natural and synthetic latex, but this is rare and is reserved for premium mattresses. The blended latex binds together the benefits of

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