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Airbnb hosts use these 3 things to protect their bedding

Since mattresses (and the bedding that goes on them, for that matter) are an expensive investment for any home, you'll want to protect them from stains, spills, bugs and allergens alike to be able to use them for as long as possible. While there are tons of protective products on the market for mattresses and pillows, some work better than others at extending the life of your bedding.

And who would know better which items work best than Airbnb hosts who constantly have different people sleeping in their beds? Here, we found three top-rated products that rental property owners say "saved" their stuff from damage incurred by their guests. The list includes a waterproof mattress protector that prevents spills from seeping into your mattress and an option that zips around the entire mattress to keep out bed bugs, dust mites and allergens.

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Airbnb hosts say these top-rated protective products "save" the beds in their rental properties. (Photo: Amazon)

There are also hypoallergenic pillowcases that are equal parts soft, cooling and protective. And it's not only Airbnb hosts who love to use these home essentials in their rental properties. Each item, detailed below, has racked up thousands of five-star ratings from regular shoppers who also use these bedding protectors in their homes.

Read on to learn more about all three of the top-rated products and shop them for yourself. Prices start at just $13 and each piece is under $30.

Along with being 100% waterproof, this Hanherry Mattress Protector is also cooling and breathable thanks to its bamboo/polyester blend material. It fits over your mattress as a fitted sheet would, and it features deep pockets to keep it in place, even when you toss and turn in your sleep. There are six sizes to choose from running from twin to California king, and there are two colors available: white and gray. Even better, it’s machine-washable for easy cleanup.

“I bought this to use on a queen bed in our Airbnb,” said one of the thousands of five-star reviews. “After a guest spilled food and baby food in the bed & completely stained the sheets & mattress protector, I was scared to check under it! This protector saved my mattress from zero stains. Very thankful that I bought this mattress protector! Highly recommended!

Amazon Basics

Amazon Basics Hypoallergenic Pillow Protector Case - Queen

Over 6,400 shoppers have given these ultra-soft pillow protectors their seal of approval.
$13 at Amazon

If you’re looking to keep your pillows in pristine condition consider adding these hypoallergenic protective pillowcases to your shopping cart. The zippered closure and tightly woven cotton design work together to prevent dust and other allergens from entering the pillow. Sizes range from twin to king, and there is even an extra-long option available for body pillows. While the machine-washable protectors are designed to go under your regular pillowcases, many shoppers find them so soft and cooling they use them on their own.

One customer raved, “I run a lot of Airbnb’s and I don’t see any difference between these inexpensive cotton pillow covers and the more expensive cotton percale pillowcases I’ve been buying. I absolutely love these. Note: they do have that distinctive percale crispy crunch but they are still soft enough and lovely. I am ordering more.”


Linenspa Mattress Encasement Queen

Thousands of customers use this mattress encasement to protect their beds from spills, accidents, stains, bed bugs and more.
$25 at Amazon

With nine sizes available, you won't have any trouble finding the perfect option for your bed. Made from a durable polyurethane material, this mattress protector won’t make any noise as you move around unlike plastic options on the market. Plus, it’s machine-washable and dryable. But what really sets this waterproof mattress encasement apart from others is the fact that it fully zips around the entire mattress, protecting it from spills, accidents and bed bugs alike.

“This mattress protector is great,” raved one shopper. “We use it on a bed that is used for an Airbnb rental, and it stands up to it all. Recently we had someone pee in the bed, then remake it, and didn’t notify us. When we went to strip the bed 12 hours later, the sheets were stinky and wet, but this protector saved the mattress completely.”

“Five stars all the way with these high quality well-made zippered mattress covers,” said another. “I run an Airbnb and my concern is someone will bring in bed bugs. I have a monthly pest control service that recommended I use these zippered mattress covers. They fit my big thick super plush mattress like a glove! I highly recommend this very high-quality product.”

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