Egg Crate Foams

Written by Blaire Chandler-Wilcox
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Egg crate foams are an inexpensive way to make your bed, or that of a bed-ridden loved one, much more comfortable. Egg crate foam, professionally called "convoluted" foam, is popular in home mattresses, hospital mattresses, and for college beds, too.

Egg crate foams conform to the shape of the body, reducing spot stress to shoulders, knees, hips and other joints. The egg crate pattern encourages air circulation, which effectively combats bedsores. Just about any bed can be made more comfortable by adding egg crate foam on top of the current mattresses.

Egg crate foams are usually made from polyurethane, which makes them highly resistant to mold and mildew. Spot cleaning is easy with soap and water. However, polyurethane products will burn very quickly if exposed to flame and so are treated heavily with fire retardant agents. It is very important that you stick to only spot-cleaning since total saturation can remove this effective fireproofing treatment.

Uses for Egg Crate Foams

There are many uses for egg crate foams besides mattress topping. Many gardeners and mechanics and other folks that spend time on their knees find that cutting egg crate foam into small squares makes for ideal knee pads that can actually be sewn into jeans or overalls. And many, many people use egg crate foams for superior sound-proofing. Most clubs, radio stations, and recording studios use egg crate foam on walls and ceilings to insulate against sound leakage, and to protect against noise leaking in. Many game rooms, television rooms, and tool sheds at home could benefit from the same.

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