Summer will soon be here and we hope it arrives with at least a semblance of normalcy. Warm, sunny days and good health would be most welcome, and a return to our favorite pastimes – including travel. Active-minded groups of all ages, all over the world, gather in wilderness settings or urban hostels and many of these locales include high-occupancy sleeping arrangements. The last thing a hostel owner/organizer wants is group members turned surly from a poor night’s sleep. That means savvy planning to provide beds and mattresses up to the task, and ESS fits the bill to a tee for hostels.
What makes a good hostel mattress?
At the end of a long travel day, you want to retreat to a comfortable bed outfitted with a quality mattress that inspires dreams rather than backaches.
To that end, we recommend and offer high quality waterproof foam mattresses constructed with only the best materials that will meet the everyday needs of a high-traffic hostel setting and infusions of new groups all year long.
A good mattress meets these demands by holding its shape, offering a comfy sleeping environment, is easy to clean, and resists pesky nuisances like bed bugs.
We’ve found that high-density foam makes the best mattress. Let’s look closer at this go-to sleeping solution for our hostel and camp customers.
Comfy and cool
The best foam mattresses are made with at least three different layers of foam that combine to create an enduring sleep foundation that molds to the sleeper’s body and doesn’t gradually flatten out over the summer like morning pancakes.
Surrounding the main ingredient is a soft, satiny mattress cover of hypoallergenic material that keeps sleepers cool, guards against common allergies, and eliminates noise. Even the most restless souls won’t make a peep on these covers.
What about traditional spring mattresses? The standard in many hotels and hostels alike, spring mattresses are cheaper than foam but the coils lose their bounce, can become squeaky, and only have about a 5-year lifespan. Foam mattresses have the chops to endure 7-10 years (and even up to 20) depending on type and thickness of the foam.
Waterproof mattresses is a must
Your favorite hostel might be in a postcard-perfect setting next to a lake tailor made for water-based fun, but all that moisture means stuff is going to get wet.
Damp towels and bodies and gear always seem to end up on top of mattresses and while standard models turn into smelly, moldy sponges; quality waterproof models are breathable and keep mildew and mold at bay, even in perpetually humid environments.
ESS foam mattresses are also cocooned in waterproof covers, a welcome and critical ingredient to keeping a hostel clean and healthy.
It is inevitable that all sorts of spills (bodily and otherwise) will happen on hostel mattresses, which naturally detracts from a hostel’s reputation, visual appeal, and health status.
It’s easy to clean ESS mattresses with appropriate disinfectant and a cloth, or even throw the whole thing into a washing machine before the arrival of the next wave of guests. This is not only peace of mind for temporary residents; it makes it easier for hostel managers to maintain a quality destination.
A mattress a day keeps the bed bugs away
Okay, you don’t need to swap out old mattresses for new every day, but making the right mattress/cover choice from the outset is beneficial on many levels.
One of the most important considerations is bed bug defense. Campers and hostel visitors arrive from all over and the appearance of pests is almost guaranteed.
Bed bugs are among the most common and particularly troublesome. The creepy little nuisances spread like poison ivy on bare skin, breed constantly, and are extremely resilient. A sound combative strategy starts with mattresses and covers that are resistant to bed bugs and similar critters.
ESS Universal manufactures and supplies high-quality, cost-effective commercial grade beds, mattresses, and furniture to camps, hostels, shelters, dorms and more. View our entire line of furniture products including our popular waterproof foam mattress for institutional use, single metal bed frames, single over single bunk beds, single over double bunk beds, and triple bunk beds. Download our catalog for detailed information on our complete product line.