How to release the chemical smells from a new bed

My 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.

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

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