How To Get Smell Out of New Mattress
We often get calls and question on our website on how to remove new mattress odors or chemical odors from a new mattress. In the past, this was a difficult task because traditional cleaning products and deodorizer would just mask the chemical odors with perfumes or fragrances. Other cleaning products were too abrasive to clean the new mattress with and would leave stains and streaks on the exterior of the mattress. The EnviroKlenz Everyday Odor Eliminator was designed to remove and neutralize chemical odors from mattresses, upholstery, and carpeting without the use of fragrances or toxic chemicals. Best of all it is easy to apply and safe to use around your family and pets.
Mattress off-gassing symptoms
Mattresses must conform to the Federal Standards on flammability. In order to do that, they are coated in a cocktail of chemicals including, chlorinated Tris and polybrominated diphenyl ethers (PBDE). Molly wrote about chlorinated Tris is in our furniture in her post, Breathing Queasy: My Carcinogenic Couch. PBDE is a very popular flame retardant used liberally in many, many furniture options. It has been shown to bio-accumulate in fat tissue, blood and breast milk. And when mice were exposed to PBDE while their brains were developing, they became hyperactive.
New Mattress Smell bad for you
There are two main culprits for chemical off-gassing in mattresses. Perhaps the most obvious are the components. Most mattresses, especially the memory foam versions, are filled with foam that spends it's lifetime emitting isocyanate. Research shows that exposure to the isocyanate can cause headaches and respiratory irritations. Additionally, the chemicals used to glue, stain and coat the mattress have a compound of carcinogenic chemicals, including boric acid. One of the misnomers about off-gassing is that people assume that once the new smell goes away, the gasses have stopped emitting. This just isn't always true. Every mattress is different and because each home environment is different, the length and intensity of the off-gassing can vary between experiences; therefore, we don't really have a concise tracking of the long-term effects.