Ritchie Foam & Mattress
Frequently Asked Questions
Why should I choose 6” foam blocks vs. 8” foam blocks?
4", 5", & 6” blocks are often chosen because they are easier for smaller children to move around in. It is also important to note that 4", 5", & 6” foam blocks need to be fluffed more often, as they are smaller and get compressed easier. 8” blocks are a better option for older or bigger athletes, as they break down less and can handle more weight. These blocks do not need to be fluffed as often.
What is “fluffing?”
Fluffing is removing the foam blocks from the pit to allow for decompression. Once the blocks have decompressed, they can then be placed back into the foam pit.
How small do the foam blocks get when they are vacuum packed?
They get very small – a little less than 1/4 of the original size.
How long will the foam blocks last?
Typically, foam blocks last 1-3 years. This all depends on the amount of use the pit gets and the level of foam block care (fluffing).
Can you clean the blocks?
There is no way to clean the blocks in mass quantities. Soap and water would work, but it would have to be done block by block. Maintaining block quality and allowing the foam blocks to get air with regular fluffing is recommended.
How fast can I get my foam blocks?
Fast! We cut the blocks when you order them. Our cutting equipment is state-of-the-art and our lead times are very short.
How many blocks do I need to fill my foam pit?
Please see our foam block calculator and we will help you determine this number.
Where are you located?
We are located in Mooresville, NC. But can ship our products all over the country.
Can I pick up my foam blocks myself instead of getting them delivered?
Yes, but only from our Mooresville location.
Do you do custom foam block colors?
Yes, but the quantity ordered must be at least one truckload.
Can you get away from foam block or mat dust?
Where we know the dust is a pain, it is what shows you are keeping the athletes safe. The dust comes from compressing the foam over time (the foam is breaking down). The next time you HAVE to clean up the pit dust, just think how it actually means your place is busy with a lot of use!