Fighting Bedbugs and Dust Mites With a Washable Mattress

For anyone worried about dust mites or bedbugs, or about cleanup after bed-wetting, conventional mattresses have a notable weakness: They’re not washable.

That’s one reason Michael Rothbard, the president of Sleep Studio, created Newton Rest, a mattress company that does away with springs and foam. Its mattresses are made with a zip-off casing containing Wovenaire, a spongy, porous block of food-grade polymer developed in Japan. Once unzipped, the casing can be washed, and the Wovenaire can be hosed in the shower. The mattresses are recyclable (the company plans to accept used-mattress returns) and highly breathable.

“Air passes easily through it,” Mr. Rothbard said. “Any body heat or perspiration you have during the night dissipates.”

A crib mattress ($295) is to be introduced in mid-April; adult mattresses ($1,350 to $2,450), a month later; 212-679-6679, or