FAQ's - Frequently asked questions


Why did you start this business?

Having slept quite comfortably on KapoK mattresses using kapok pillows and with sailors comforts / dutch-wives sleeping bolsters during my many visits to Indonesia over the last 30 years I noted a lack of comfortable, affordable, truly sustainable, non-toxic, chemical free, durable [10-20 years]  yet compostable, hypo-allergenic, revivable, lightweight bedding systems on the Australian market.

KapoK fiber pillows are soft and supportive, mattresses are firm yet forgiving. KapoK creates a pillow that is not rock solid like very unforgiving Latex to sleep on, which is the only other natural medium that comes close to as eco as KapoK. Buckwheat pillows are limited in availability, heavy, fumigated [if not fumigated then buckwheat harbors bugs and insects chomping away at the husks] and noisy beneath your head.

KapoK is an excellent vegan option as it is not animal by-product.

Kapok is naturally anti-bacterial [dust mites can’t live in it], moisture resistant [wont soak up your sweat or go mouldy], and JUST RIGHT for both us humans and the environment.

I had a KapoK mattress and pillow as a kid and I remember it was hard and lumpy!  Why?

Some of my clients have a recollection of lumpy pillows and mattresses from their childhood. What we often did realise is that, like all natural fibers, there is compaction over time however KapoK [as opposed to cotton or wool] possesses the unique ability to ‘puff back up’ like new when placed in sunlight. Therefore regular airing [monthly or every 2 months] is super good for refreshing you and your pillow.

Could you please advise how your Kapok doona's and pillow's can be cleaned? Can they be machine washed?

Hi and Thanks for your inquiry. Short answer No.
Because Kapok is naturally moisture/water resistant [will not mould, soak up sweat or spills] as well as naturally anti-bacterial [dust / bed mites cannot live in it ] then it really does not need to be washed.

In fact because of KapoK's water resistant properties it will tend to clump if washed and only lots and lots of patient teasing will partially restore it to its pre-wash glory. This is from experience! [Well I had to try]

Really it is only the shell that may need to be washed. This is achievable with a pillow that has a zipper. You can remove the fiber and put it into a large tub or bowl with a fridge / cake or oven grate, weighed down with a rock, outside in the sunshine while you wash the pillow shell.

Dry cleaning is not possible with our Doona's. Realistically if you use a doona cover then it is only the doona cover that will need washing.

Because of KapoK's water resistant properties the best advice is to wipe up any spills immediately. Remove the cover and let the pillow or doona dry in its shell before using it again.
So, no Kapok cannot be washed nor does it need dry cleaning.
I hope this helps.

September 2022 we are about to receive toppers, protectors and mats from a new supplier who assures us that it is possible to wash them.

This is great news, since not only are the shells made with GOTS certified fabric the KapoK is naturally organic. YaY!

My partner is a heavy head sweater will KapoK be affected by this?

As per information above it will only be the shell of the pillow that will absorb sweat therefore the best thing that you can do is use a pillow protector [organic if you wish] or two and a pillow case or two and then you can wash the protector or case.

Can you feel the join when the mattresses are butted one against the other?

Clients have asked me if it is possible to feel the joins in our split system. As per the description on the mattresses offering page KapoK is a fantastic lightweight alternative to wool, latex or cotton. Having our new model mattresses that have no roll around the edges allows them to blend seamlessly together. Additionally it makes them super easy to lift and rotate, flip or take outside to refresh in the sunshine along with all the other health and environmental benefits.

1/ if you have a mattress protector, no you cannot feel the join.

2/ if you sleep one side of the bed or the other, it wont matter.

3/ you can barely feel the join as the mattresses are the same height..... so another no.

Ph: 0482 771027 - please leave a message if I am unavailable to answer.

email me;  hello@goldilocksnaturalbedding.com.au 

Goldilocks is making a move to Bingara NSW in September 2022 where we will establish ourselves and in time open a shop presence in town.