You have started shopping online for your next foam mattress but suddenly, you read many comments and articles about the chemical smell of certain mattresses... What is the smell of a foam mattress and more importantly, why do some of them smell like that? Polysleep tells you more about it!
Remember the last new product you bought: a piece of clothing, a DVD, curtains, a car, etc. Many of them have a particular smell, a "new" smell as it were. The same is true for many mattresses, which, once the protective cover is removed, give off a chemical odour that varies in strength depending on the brand. This may be due to fire retardants or the adhesive sometimes used to glue the different layers of foam together.
I just bought a foam mattress and it smells a lot! What can I do?
If you've bought a foam mattress that gives off an odour, rest assured, this scent will fade quickly within a few days or a few hours depending on the brand. To deodorize your mattress, simply air it out in a well-ventilated room, once it is removed from its plastic wrap; and even if you're really eager to try your new mattress, wait until it's been well aired before putting the sheets on so that the odours don't get trapped under your bedding!
What do foam mattresses smell like?
A chemical smell may be present on some foam mattresses. However, mattresses that have received the CertiPUR-US certification are chemical-free, so they are odourless or virtually odourless. To receive this certification, these mattresses must be free of:
- Heavy metals, such as lead and mercury
- Chlorofluorocarbons (COCs)
In addition, they must contain no more than 0.5 ppm (parts per million) VOCs or, if you prefer, volatile organic compounds. In addition, they must have been analyzed by accredited, independent laboratories.
By opting for a mattress with the CertiPUR-US label, you are assured of choosing a product that does not contain any chemical products; so this will reduce chemical odours!