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Variations In Natural Latex

Natural latex, used to make natural latex mattresses and natural latex toppers, is an all-natural product, which comes from the sap of the rubber tree, Hevea Brasiliensis. It is pure and it contains no added chemicals or synthetics. However, It's important to understand that because it is a natural product, it is not perfect. It is natural, clean and real. Why is it imperfect? Due to the manufacturing process of pouring latex into molds, to make natural latex mattresses, there are often variations in the latex material. These variations are normal and they do not affect the quality, comfort, support or durability of your product.

Here are some of the variations commonly seen in natural latex mattresses:

Small Specks of Burnt Latex

This isn’t a sign that your latex mattress was “overcooked.” The molds used to craft your latex mattress have various baking pins in them. Sometimes, bits of latex from previous “baking” sessions get left behind in the mold, and burn to your mattress. It is harmless, and doesn’t mean the mattress is dirty. It is a fairly common occurrence when purchasing natural latex.

In some instances, you may see burnt latex sap in the mattress as well. Again, the burnt sap does not affect the quality or comfort of your mattress.

Textural Inconsistencies

The surface of your latex mattress may have textural inconsistencies when you look at them. These are fairly common. More importantly, once your mattress is encased, you won’t notice they’re there. In other words, they have zero impact on the performance of your mattress.

Filler Marks

Sometimes, latex is injected into the mold when the mattress is manufactured. These filler stamps may be circles, squares, or rectangles, and have nothing at all to do with the quality, comfort, or unsurpassed support of your natural latex mattress.

Voids in the Latex Foam

These naturally occurring voids in latex foam are simply spaces where air bubbles surface while baking, creating voids. Bubbling is a common occurrence when baking in the kitchen as well as when baking natural latex foam for your mattresses.


Another common occurrence in the process of baking natural latex foam for mattresses, is discolorations. Some discolorations occur as part of the baking process. Others occur from the natural oxidation of plant material. They are natural and have no effect on the quality or performance of your mattress.

Small Rips or Tears in the Latex

Perhaps one of the most common variations involves rips and tears in the latex foam. This occurs when pulling the latex mattress away from the heated baking pins. However, once you place a mattress topper over your latex mattress, the tiny rips and/or tears will not be noticeable or felt at all.


With  Latex For Less, you can buy your natural latex mattress with confidence. We have gone to great lengths to ensure your handcrafted non-toxic latex mattress meets our high-quality standards. We don’t believe you should have to sacrifice quality to get a better price on a good night’s sleep, and we believe you’ll agree. Especially after you experience, for yourself, the comfortable and rejuvenating sleep you will get on our natural latex mattresses.

Elizabeth Magill

Elizabeth Magill is a professional freelance writer and editor who holds an MBA. Liz specializes in writing about health news, medical conditions, healthy living, small business, career and work, personal finance, and green-living, including news and trending topics in these specialties. Her clients include Healthline, The Motley Fool, GoBanking Rates,, Big Interview, HealthNews, Intuit Small Business Blog, Intuit Health, American News Report,, IFX Medical, and many others. She’s also a published eBook author and ghost writer for various clients in the health, medical, career, small business, and personal finance niches.