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New mattress smell?

My boyfriend and I recently invested in a new bed. It's a Sealy Posturepedic, and it's wonderful. The only problem is, it smells right out of the plastic. It smells almost like mold, but it's distinct, making me think it's chemical.

Is there a way to get rid of the smell? I don't think it's been aired out yet; he set it up, not me. M already tried Febreze, and I want to take some vinegar and water to it, but otherwise, I'm not sure how to get rid of it. Any help would be great!


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Jan. 15th, 2009 03:42 am (UTC)
I think it might just take some time to off-gas unfortunately. But, letting fresh air in the room may help move that process along faster. I'm not sure where you live though, but if you're having weather like me, I'm not sure I'd recommend that this time of year. ;-) An air purifier might help too. If you don't have one, perhaps see if someone you know has one you can borrow.

Good luck!
Jan. 15th, 2009 05:43 am (UTC)
i second this comment. in addition, i would not use febreze. sprays will probably just mask the chemical smell but it will still be there off-gasing. when you can, leave the windows open, with a fan pointed OUT of the room, not in, which will help air circulate. really ideally the entire mattress should be put outside in a dry place off the ground for a few days-- probably not possible in your situation. don't let it stress you out to much because that can be more toxic than the actual toxicity of the chemical odor.
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Jan. 15th, 2009 04:01 am (UTC)
I had a new Sealy mattress delivered yesterday and noticed the same thing immediately upon flopping down on it. I did some research and apparently the smell should go away after a few days. If it doesn't then that could mean that the foam didn't "cure" properly...or something like that.
Jan. 15th, 2009 04:05 am (UTC)
"regular" beds have a lot of chemicals, plus all the fire retardant :(

They take awhile to offgas, try keeping windows open to that room when not in it?
Jan. 15th, 2009 04:39 am (UTC)
I believe that is what they call "off gassing". It's where all the chemicals they use to make the mattress begin to release, and why I will be purchasing an organic mattress next time I get one.
Jan. 15th, 2009 05:19 pm (UTC)
Agreed. It won't be for a while, but I'm hoping to save my pennies and get an organic mattress by the time my current one wears out. I don't go crazy with the organic in my life, but I figure something that I spend a third of my life pressing my face up against should be as natural as possible.
Jan. 16th, 2009 02:07 am (UTC)
The smell can actually be a warning that its releasing the toxic gasses that cure the foam in the mattress!! The fade out after a while, but just like how that 'new car smell' is toxic this can be too!

When I was a baby my mother was aware of this and wrapped it all in thick plastic for a long time before eventually unwrapping it and leaving it outside to air out completely. I'm not sure if this was effective, I just remember her doing that.
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