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How can I tell if latex I have is dunlop or talalay 30 Apr 2013 16:45 #1

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The local Bemco factory in Springfield, IL sells 100% natural latex in 1-inch thickness for $80 for a full bed size.
However, they couldn't tell me if it was talalay or dunlop. I have a 10-inch sample they gave me and on one side it has tiny uniform holes about the size of a pencil eraser spaced 2-3 inches apart. On the other side it has just a few small bubble-like holes.
Is there any way I can tell which latex this is?

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How can I tell if latex I have is dunlop or talalay 30 Apr 2013 19:06 #2

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Hi espiritone,

Both molded Dunlop and Talalay have pincores (the holes you are mentioning) and in both cases they go part way through the core so sometimes you will see the holes and sometimes not on a particular surface depending on where in the core the layer was cut from and on the specific types of pincores in the mold. Some types of latex that are poured on a belt may not have any pincores at all and in this case it would be Dunlop but it still wouldn't tell you the blend of natural or synthetic latex that was used in the layer. Most people wouldn't be able to tell the difference and would be dependent on the information provided by the manufacturer. Even some retailers or manufacturers that aren't familiar with a specific type of latex made by a certain company may not be familiar with the differences based on how they look alone although the appearance and the pincores of talalay are often "cleaner" and have less inconsistencies than Dunlop and the cell structure of Talalay is also different from Dunlop but these are all things that most people wouldn't be able to use to tell the difference.

The retailer that is selling should be able to tell you or at least ask their supplier though (which I would expect them to do). The good news is that both of them are good quality materials and if it provides you with what you need in a topper then which type wouldn't be as important at that price (although I would still personally want to know for future reference and of course for "value" and price comparison reasons). In most cases if all you know is that it is "natural" latex and they don't specifically mention Talalay ... it's probably Dunlop and in your case I would say that the odds are very high that's what it is.

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How can I tell if latex I have is dunlop or talalay 01 May 2013 07:03 #3

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Thanks, Phoenix, for your response. This Bemco factory was like stepping back in time a little, as the office area was not at all modern-looking, but the women there were friendly. I figured, as you did, that it was probably dunlop latex, but thank you for your detailed descriptions of the two.

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How can I tell if latex I have is dunlop or talalay 16 May 2013 23:44 #4

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Hi Phoenix,

Today, I purchased a full bed size 1" sheet of latex (it's really 1-1/8") from the local Bemco factory here in Springfield, IL. The uniformly-spaced holes in it are pretty large and go all the way through the piece. They did not seem to know, for sure, what the latex was, Tallalay or Dunlop, but they said they purchased it from Latex International and when I called Latex International, their customer rep told me that they do not manufacture Dunlop latex, only Tallalay. Needless to say, I'm confused as to what I have. It did have a yellow tag on the edge of the foam that had a barcode and the Tag Number: 391304818. Do you suppose there is anyway to find out what this number means? If so, perhaps, it would identify exactly what type of latex it is.

Thanks for any help you can provide.

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How can I tell if latex I have is dunlop or talalay 16 May 2013 23:55 #5

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Hi espiritone,

If it came from Latex International then it would be Talalay as they said.

I don't know what the tag number would mean.

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