The "Things You Should Know" blog series covers home health, safety, and comfort information that homeowners and renters should know, but might not. That "new smell" you experience when you bring your new furniture or carpet home, or after you apply a fresh coat of paint, is called off-gassing and isn't the best for your health. Even that "new car smell" we love so much is an off-gassing of toxic chemicals.
The arrival of a new mattress is an exciting time. There are plenty of brands that will ship your mattress straight to your door, vacuum sealed, and ready to be opened like a present on Christmas day. Unboxing and taking your mattress out of its plastic seal should be pretty easy.
Off-gassing occurs when new, manufactured items release volatile organic compounds VOCs and other chemicals into the air. T hese particles hang in the air and settle as dust, where they can be inhaled and ingested. They also give off those chemicals as particles, sometimes in large quantities.
Off gassing is a fairly major concern among people interested in purchasing a new mattress. Consumers consider a wide variety of factors when purchasing new mattresses such as, sizecomfort, support, durability, lifespanetc. Off gassing is the reason ventilation is required for painting and other chemical projects performed around the house.
The mattress industry has not always been known for its commitment to consumer safety. Major concerns with mattress safety started in when new regulations actually encouraged manufacturers to add numerous chemicals to their beds. These harmful chemicals continue to be added to mattresses from manufacturers all around the world.
As memory foam beds gain in popularity and market share, off-gassing has become a major part of the conversation. Read on to find out whether you should re-think your memory foam mattress. Everything naturally gives off a scent, from your neighbor to your apple for lunch, to your new carpet.
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Typical mattresses contain chemicals that are not healthy for anyone, but particularly not safe for babies and children. Most mattresses contain petroleum based chemicals, toxic foams, synthetic fabrics, and fire retardant barriers or chemicals. We are frequently asked this question, and I wish we had a good answer.
Have you ever opened up a new memory foam product and noticed a funky chemical smell coming from it? If so, chances are that your mattress is made with synthetic foams that contain petroleum based chemicals and fire-retarding agents. These chemicals contain fumes that can cause some allergic reactions to those with chemical sensitivities. Fortunately, not all mattresses are going to emit these ill-smelling odors, but if you do happen to own a mattress that is presenting you with these chemical smells, there are ways to get rid of them and things you can look for before you purchase your mattress to avoid the smell all together.