4 Mattress Myths Debunked

Gardner Mattress Salem, Massachusetts showroom

We all have misconstructions about mattresses. Maybe they’re based on well-meaning but outdated advice. Perhaps they’re something presented as fact during a marketing campaign. The fact is, there are simply myths about mattresses that we take at face value.

If you want to buy a mattress that’s right for you, however, you need facts. In the interest of helping your quest for a good night sleep, let’s debunk four mattress myths.

Firm Mattresses Are Best for Your Back

Back pain can be an absolute detriment to your sleep and overall health. The right mattress that offers the correct support can help. But a super-firm mattress is not an automatic cure to your back pain and sleep problems. If that were the case, every mattress would be the exact same, right?

We’ve all heard the story of Goldilocks; one bed was too hard, one was too soft, but the third bed was just right. The story might be meant to teach children not to enter someone’s home without permission, but it also shows that everyone has different needs and preferences. One person might need a super-firm spring mattress, while another might need a softer material, like memory foam.

Removing the Mattress Tags is Illegal

Let’s clarify; it is not against the law for you, the consumer, to remove the tags from a mattress you have purchased. Once you own it, you can do whatever you like with those tags. The police won’t barge in to arrest you the moment you rip it off.

It’s illegal for the mattress manufacturers to remove that tag. The purpose of the tag is to tell consumers exactly what is in the mattress. This way you know if you’re buying a mattress that’s organic, hypo-allergenic, contains memory foam, and all those other important details. After all, what if you’re allergic to horsehair or are specifically looking to purchase a vegan or organic mattress? This tag will make sure there were no mix-ups and you’re getting exactly what you paid for.

Myth: Removing the Mattress Tags is Illegal

You Can’t Clean A Mattress

While cleaning a mattress can be time consuming, it can absolutely be done! Admittedly, it’s best to use a mattress protector so you won’t have to clean it, but it can be done. You don’t even need any fancy cleaning products; baking soda, laundry detergent, cleaning rags, old towels, stain remover, and a vacuum cleaner with an upholstery attachment are all you need.

In fact, you should try to do regular mattress cleaning and stain-removing. This will help your mattress last longer and prevent allergen build-up or dust mites. 

Mattresses Can’t Be Vegan

While things like wool and horsehair are common ingredients when it comes to mattress materials, if you live a vegan lifestyle, they aren’t your only options. Our vegan mattresses are organic, cruelty-free, and handmade so you won’t have to worry about factory cross-contamination. Like with all things, it’s important to know what’s in the mattress and where you’re getting it from to assure its vegan quality.

So there you have it. You now have important, factual information that will be vital to buying the mattress you need. Visit our showrooms to see our mattress collections and pick out which one is right for you.


Visit one of our four conveniently located showrooms. Our original factory and showroom in Salem, our showrooms in Needham and Woburn, and our newest location in Boca Raton, FL.

Massachusetts Locations

Gardner Mattress Showroom in Salem, Massachusetts

Hours of Operation

Sunday: 12:00pm – 4:00pm
Monday-Saturday: 9:00am – 4:00pm

Hours of Operation

Sunday & Monday: Closed
Tuesday-Saturday: 10:00am – 4:00pm

Hours of Operation

Sunday: Closed
Monday-Thursday: 10:00am – 4:00pm
Friday: 10:00am – 2:00pm
Saturday: 10:00am – 4:00pm

Florida Location

Hours of Operation

Sunday: 9:00am – 2:00pm*

Monday: 9:00am – 1:00pm*

Tuesday & Wednesday: Closed*

Thursday & Friday: 9:00am – 4:00pm*

Saturday: 9:00am – 2:00pm*

*By appointment during off days and hours. Contact to schedule.