How Long New Mattress Smell

Home   /   How Long New Mattress Smell

Andrea de Michaelis – Creating my own reality, one thought at a time

THIS IS MY PERSONAL BLOG

How to release the chemical smells from a new bed

I bought my new bed last week. I noticed a distinct chemical odor. I Googled to find out what it was and found that is normal for a new mattress and that it’s simply an out-gassing of the internal materials, which are largely composed of chemical foam. See below for how to remove it. All bedding is non-returnable for health reasons. State laws require a merchant to remove all the covering to the spring core and rebuild the mattress, even if its only been used one night. Any merchant that accepts returns eats the cost of that re-manufacturing process, which is considerable. Flame retardant is required by law.

Here’s How to Remove the New Mattress Smell by R.J. Bowman

When a mattress is manufactured, it is pumped with gas to help push all of the cushioning and foam into its proper places. The gas that helps create your comfortable night’s sleep also gives off that new mattress smell. Some people worry that the gases are toxic and could cause harm. Other people just do not like the smell a mattress has when purchased. No matter the reason, the solution is the same. Getting rid of the gas inside the mattress will eliminate the smell.

1. Remove the plastic wrapping from the mattress. A mattress is packaged in airtight plastic wrap immediately after it is manufactured to ensure that it is sterile, dry and clean for the consumer. This has pros and cons. On the upside you know that no one has had dirty, sweaty hands on the place you plan to sleep. Unfortunately it also means that the mattress gases are trapped inside the airtight wrapping, leaving the mattress with that toxic “new mattress” smell.

2. Find an empty room in your home for the off-gassing process, which will remove the smell. You want a room that has good air circulation, with a window that can be left open at least ten hours per day or a room with a window unit air conditioner. The room also has to be off limits for about a week, so it needs to be a space that you will not miss. If you do not have an empty room, a garage or dry basement will also work. Leave the garage door open just an inch or two to allow in fresh air.

3. Run any fans, air conditioners and dehumidifiers you own in the de-gassing area. All of these will help keep the air moving and suck the gas and odors out of the room as they release from the mattress.

4. Lean the mattress against the wall at an angle . Each day, rotate the mattress so the opposite side is on top, getting more fresh air. This will allow the entire mattress to lose the new mattress smell evenly.

5. Allow the kids to jump on the mattress, or if you do not have kids, jump on it yourself. Jumping on the mattress will release the gas even more quickly. You can jump on the mattress the first day of degassing and as often as you’d like during the process. Just do not stay in the de-gassing area more than a few minutes, because you will be breathing in the gases you are trying to avoid.

6. Continue the de-gassing process at least four days but as long as two weeks if you would like. You can judge for yourself if the smell is going away.

Good advice, and I’ll talk to you later. Right now, I have a bed to go jump on.
Andrea

More Articles

Written by: R.J. Bowman

Written on: February 05, 2019

When a mattress is manufactured, it is pumped with gas to help push all of the cushioning and foam into its proper places. The gas that helps create your comfortable night’s sleep also gives off that new mattress smell. Some people worry that the gases are toxic and could cause harm.

Other people just do not like the smell a mattress has when purchased. No matter the reason, the solution is the same. Getting rid of the gas inside the mattress will eliminate the smell.

Remove the plastic wrapping from the mattress. A mattress is packaged in airtight cling film immediately after it is manufactured to ensure that it is sterile, dry and clean for the consumer. This has pros and cons. On the upside you know that no one has had dirty, sweaty hands on the place you plan to sleep. Unfortunately it also means that the mattress gases are trapped inside the airtight wrapping, leaving the mattress with that toxic "new mattress" smell.

Find an empty room in your home for the off-gassing process, which will remove the smell. You want a room that has good air circulation, with a window that can be left open at least ten hours per day or a room with a window unit air conditioner. The room also has to be off limits for about a week, so it needs to be a space that you will not miss. If you do not have an empty room, a garage or dry basement will also work. Leave the garage door open just an inch or two to allow in fresh air.

Run any fans, air conditioners and dehumidifiers you own in the degassing area. All of these will help keep the air moving and suck the gas and odours out of the room as they release from the mattress.

Lean the mattress against the wall at an angle. Each day, rotate the mattress so the opposite side is on top, getting more fresh air. This will allow the entire mattress to lose the new mattress smell evenly.

Allow the kids to jump on the mattress, or if you do not have kids, jump on it yourself. Jumping on the mattress will release the gas even more quickly. You can jump on the mattress the first day of degassing and as often as you’d like during the process. Just do not stay in the degassing area more than a few minutes, because you will be breathing in the gases you are trying to avoid.

Continue the degassing process at least four days but as long as two weeks if you would like. You can judge for yourself if the smell is going away.

New Mattress Off-Gassing: How Long Will the Smell Last?

Are you growing tired of your old coil spring mattress? If you are thinking about making the switch to memory foam, you are not alone. A growing number of people are turning to online “bed-in-a-box” retailers that offer the chance to get a new mattress quickly and easily delivered right to your front door. All that you have to do is open the box, sit back and watch your mattress expand to full size. Before you do, learn more about the “new mattress smell” that you can expect when you lay out your new bed, and whether you should be concerned about its effects on your home’s indoor air quality.

What is causing my new mattress to smell?

Most new mattresses will have a certain chemical odor when they are first delivered. This is especially true for those that come in a box, rolled up and vacuum-sealed, because the lack of airflow through the package can cause the “new mattress smell” to become concentrated. When you open your mattress, you will probably notice an odor coming from the foam, caused by a process called off-gassing.

Off-gassing is that “new” smell that we associate with new cars, a fresh coat of paint and, yes, new mattresses. When your mattress comes in an airtight package, the volatile organic chemicals (VOCs) used in the manufacturing process remain trapped in the mattress with nowhere to go. After you open the box and lay out your mattress, the foam starts to expand and some components used to make the mattress will start to break down. These VOCs are then released as a gas, causing the distinct off-gassing smell.

What chemicals do mattress release during off-gassing?

The off-gassing smell usually comes mainly from the foam and adhesive elements of the mattress. The exact chemical makeup of the VOCs that off-gas from a mattress varies from mattress to mattress, but independent tests have shown that they can include benzene, toluene chlorofluorocarbons (CFCs) and formaldehyde.

On the websites of many leading mattress brands, such as Purple, Casper and Tuft & Needle, you can find information on the different VOC certifications and standards that they adhere to. Common certifications to look for are CertiPUR-US, GREENGUARD Gold and STANDARD 100 by OEKO-TEX.

Is off-gassing harmful to your health?

VOCs are emitted by a wide range of household products, including furniture, paint and cleaning supplies. Exposure to VOCs can cause nausea, headaches, dizziness, loss of coordination and eye, nose and throat irritation, though, in the case of mattress off-gassing, many consumers report that these symptoms go away once the mattress has been aired out. Some of the more severe health effects caused by VOC exposure can include damage to the kidneys, liver or central nervous system. Additionally, some VOCs that off-gas are suspected or known carcinogens, such as formaldehyde.

One thing to remember, however, is that you are exposed to relatively low levels of VOCs while your mattress is off-gassing, and studies have yet to show whether exposure to low levels of VOCs during mattress off-gassing will cause increased health effects over time. Even so, the cumulative off-gassing of items in your home can contribute to adverse health effects, according to the Minnesota Department of Health. Long-term exposure to VOCs in the air can increase cancer risks, as well as cause damage to the kidneys, liver and central nervous system. For this reason, both mattress manufacturers and indoor air quality experts recommend letting your mattress off-gas in a well-ventilated area, preferably one outside of your home.

How long will my mattress off-gas?

Some mattress manufacturers may take steps to make sure that some of the off-gassing processes happens before the mattress is packaged and shipped. However, it should be noted that even if the bulk of the off-gassing occurs outside of your home, your mattress will still off-gas in some capacity throughout the time that you have it in your home.

The amount of off-gassing that you can expect depends on the type of mattress that you buy, the density of the foam inside the mattress, the chemicals used in the manufacturing process and the way that your mattress is packaged. The strongest off-gassing smell will fade within a few days to a couple of weeks, according to most major mattress manufacturers, though you may notice a faint smell for longer.

How much do leading brand mattress off-gas?

Tuft & Needleoffers two different polyfoam mattress options: the Original and the Mint. Both hold CentriPUR-US, GreenGuard Gold and STANDARD 100 by OEKO-TEX certifications. Buyers of Tuft & Needle mattresses can expect mild off-gassing that dissipates within a few days.

Leesamattress is a CertiPUR-US certified multilayer foam mattress made from a combination of memory foam and polyurethane. After opening, buyers will notice a strong off-gassing smell that should fade within a few days.

Casperoffers three different mattresses: the Caper, the Wave and the Essential. All three are made with layers of memory foam and polyurethane, but the Wave also includes a layer of natural latex. All Casper mattresses are CentriPUR-US certified. You can expect some off-gassing from Casper mattresses, but the odor typically dissipates within 24 hours.

Purplemattresses consist of an elastic polymer grid layered over CertiPUR-US certified polyurethane foam. New Purple mattresses may have a very faint off-gassing smell that fades quickly. However, many consumers report no off-gassing smell at all.

Tempur-Pedicoffers a wide range of memory foam mattresses. The off-gassing odor strength varies among models, but consumers can expect it to dissipate within the first two weeks.

Tips for off-gassing a new mattress

Some manufacturers recommend airing out a new mattress for three to seven days in a garage or well-ventilated room before sleeping on it, while others claim that you can start using your mattress within the first few hours after opening it. Use your nose as your judge. Avoid sleeping on your new mattress while you can still smell a strong off-gassing odor. If the strong smell persists after a week or two, consider returning your mattress and searching for a more air-quality-friendly alternative.

How can I speed up the off-gassing process of my new mattress?

When searching for a new mattress, pay attention to the VOCs used in the manufacturing process. If you cannot easily find the chemical compounds present in the mattress, and you cannot get a straight answer from the manufacturer, consider exploring other brands. You have a right to know which potential chemical emissions you may be bringing into your bedroom.

Your mattress manufacturer will list recommendations for the off-gassing of your particular mattress, but listed below are some helpful tips to speed up the off-gassing process.

  • Open your mattress outside of your house and let it off-gas for at least two days in a well-ventilated area with a cross breeze.
  • If you cannot avoid off-gassing your mattress inside of your home, you should open your windows and increase air circulation where possible. Fans and air filtration systems can also help improve the ventilation in your house.
  • If you have a spare room, try leaving your mattress in there to off-gas for the first few days before bringing it into your bedroom.
  • Some manufacturers recommend pouring baking soda on the mattress while you air it out to speed up the off-gassing process.
  • If you would like to use the new mattress but the off-gassing smell persists, you can add a mattress cover to help contain the chemical smell to the bed. When you remove the cover to wash it, you will likely smell the off-gassing odor again, though it should dissipate over time.

While the health effects of mattress off-gassing are still being studied, it is always a good idea to protect yourself from VOC exposure whenever possible. It may be hard to avoid off-gassing altogether when you buy a new mattress, but by following the simple steps above, you can enjoy a good night’s sleep knowing that you are actively protecting your indoor air quality.

More Articles

Written by: R.J. Bowman

Written on: February 05, 2019

When a mattress is manufactured, it is pumped with gas to help push all of the cushioning and foam into its proper places. The gas that helps create your comfortable night’s sleep also gives off that new mattress smell. Some people worry that the gases are toxic and could cause harm.

Other people just do not like the smell a mattress has when purchased. No matter the reason, the solution is the same. Getting rid of the gas inside the mattress will eliminate the smell.

Remove the plastic wrapping from the mattress. A mattress is packaged in airtight cling film immediately after it is manufactured to ensure that it is sterile, dry and clean for the consumer. This has pros and cons. On the upside you know that no one has had dirty, sweaty hands on the place you plan to sleep. Unfortunately it also means that the mattress gases are trapped inside the airtight wrapping, leaving the mattress with that toxic "new mattress" smell.

Find an empty room in your home for the off-gassing process, which will remove the smell. You want a room that has good air circulation, with a window that can be left open at least ten hours per day or a room with a window unit air conditioner. The room also has to be off limits for about a week, so it needs to be a space that you will not miss. If you do not have an empty room, a garage or dry basement will also work. Leave the garage door open just an inch or two to allow in fresh air.

Run any fans, air conditioners and dehumidifiers you own in the degassing area. All of these will help keep the air moving and suck the gas and odours out of the room as they release from the mattress.

Lean the mattress against the wall at an angle. Each day, rotate the mattress so the opposite side is on top, getting more fresh air. This will allow the entire mattress to lose the new mattress smell evenly.

Allow the kids to jump on the mattress, or if you do not have kids, jump on it yourself. Jumping on the mattress will release the gas even more quickly. You can jump on the mattress the first day of degassing and as often as you’d like during the process. Just do not stay in the degassing area more than a few minutes, because you will be breathing in the gases you are trying to avoid.

Continue the degassing process at least four days but as long as two weeks if you would like. You can judge for yourself if the smell is going away.

How To Get Rid Of New Mattress Smell

How do you get rid of the new mattress smell? What causes the odor? Is the new mattress smell dangerous to your health?

We want to talk about this and what you can doNOW. Plus, give you a tip I recommend to everyone who says they have this problem.

Table of Contents

Why Does Your New Mattress Smell?

Due to laws and your benefit, you may find your new mattress smells. Every mattress is designed to have some fire retardant in it, and not only that, but during the manufacturing stage, a memory foam mattress gets pumped with gases to help expand the materials to the correct shape.

This creates off-gassing which comes from volatile organic compounds, also known as VOCs. Items containing VOCs are commonly found around your home; the smell is more noticeable on your mattress because it’s bigger.

Take all of that and compress it in plastic wrap to keep the mattress sterilized and shipping ready, and you can get a stinky mattress. The longer it stays in the plastic cover, the longer it will take to get rid of the smell.

The scent is often compared to the smell of paint, new car smell, or strong chemical smell. If that sounds like your mattress, then read on.

Should You Be Worried?

I know it sounds scary with the words like VOC, chemicals, polyurethane, fire retardants, and formaldehyde gets thrown around, but if you stick to buying the right mattresses, you’ll be fine.

It’s not good to breathe in VOCs, but the amount released in a mattress is quite small and won’t hurt most. This does not stop the hot debate though, nor should we gloss over it entirely, but for the most part, you’ll be fine.

The right memory foam mattresses to buy will be the ones that are CertiPUR-US certified. This is a third-party that makes sure every manufacturer does it safely. This certification is to protect the consumer and I would never buy a memory foam mattress unless they’re approved by them.

If you have asthma or have chemical sensitivities or get an allergic reaction, then you might need to reconsider your mattress choice altogether. I recommend looking at something like a Natual Latex Mattress.

How To Get Rid Of The Smell

  • The first thing you need to do when you get a memory foam mattress or any mattress shipped to your doorstep is to remove it from the plastic wrap and place it in an open environment.
  • Allow the mattress to expand for 48 hours in the open room with plenty of air flow. If you can place the mattress in a dry clean area in your garage so it can air out, even leave the garage door cracked a little.
  • How long you air out your mattress depends on your sensitivity to smells, 2 days should be plenty for most, but some have gone a week.
  • For the garage-less, a fan in the window works well.
  • If you don’t have a garage or room with a window, then an air purifier with carbon filter does the job. The carbon filters help with odors and are your best shot in this situation.

The Tip! – The Best Thing To Do

The best thing you can do about the chemical smell of your memory foam mattress is to get a mattress encasement. The mattress encasement will put a barrier between you and the mattress.

Other benefits of the mattress encasement will be for protecting it from spills, bugs, and to help keep the warranty intact. It’s a win-win for many reasons.

What Not To Do

Everyone all over the internet likes to recommend baking soda for anything to do with odors.

DoNOTuse baking soda!

The reason why you don’t use baking soda is that it won’t help with this type of odor and another reason is that when you need to clean up the baking soda, people use vacuum cleaners. Vacuum cleaners can get destroyed by vacuuming up baking soda so no point of killing your vacuum and giving yourself another issue to deal with.

The Crazy Stupid Idea – Don’t Do!

We all have that friend or family member who solved a problem with a crazy method. Well, I have one, and first off I don’t recommend doing this as it’s not smart. My cousin put a new mattress on the top of his car and drove around for an hour to “blow the mattress out.”

While this sounds like a great idea all you’re doing is collecting dust and other allergens to your mattress.

I only mentioned this so that others don’t do it even though on the surface it sounds like a swell idea. He had pollen on his mattress for days that he could not get out.

Add a Comment: