The Dangers of Off Gassing Mattresses
Everything You Need to Know About Off Gassing Mattresses
Purchasing a new mattress can be an exciting process. However, there are plenty of considerations that need to be made in order to choose the best mattress for you, including the potential health risks to you and your family. If you’ve ever purchased a foam mattress, you may have noticed a faint chemical odor after opening. This chemical odor is the product of off gassing, which can be toxic in large quantities.
To avoid off gassing, choose a safe gel mattress like Intellibed. While you are waiting for your Intellibed mattress to arrive, there are certain precautions you can take to protect yourself and your family from the harmful effects of off gassing.
What Is Mattress Off Gassing?
If you purchase a foam mattress, it may arrive in a tightly sealed package. When you open this package, chemicals that were originally in the mattress’s materials are released into the air. This is what causes that slight, unpleasant odor when you unbox that foam mattress. These chemicals are known as Volatile Organic Compounds, or VOCs.
These VOCs are found in many types of materials and products, not just foam mattresses. They can be found in electronics, wood glue, household cleaners, carpeting, and even some toys and sports equipment. In foam mattresses, VOCs are used in many parts of the manufacturing process – the foam itself, flame-retardant materials, and even the glue that binds all the mattress’s materials together.
When you unboxed your foam mattress, the off gassing process begins. Off gassing happens when VOCs are released into the air from their solid products. Since foam mattresses contain so many VOCs, they’re usually associated with off gassing.
Risks of an Off Gassing Mattress
Foam mattresses themselves are not dangerous, but the process of off gassing is. Usually, you do not experience off gassing symptoms unless you’ve been exposed to a high amount of VOCs over a period of time. However, you probably don’t want to sleep on something that could potentially be toxic.
Excessive off gassing exposure can cause health problems including:
- Asthma attacks
- Allergic reactions
- Build-up of toxins in the body
- Skin irritation
What to Do if You Have an Off Gassing Mattress
If you do sleep on an off gassing mattress, do not panic. For the most part, off gassing is not dangerous unless exposure is prolonged. While you cannot block gasses with a cloth sheet or dust mite barrier, using a stronger material could add a layer of protection. Sheets made out of materials like polyethylene are a non-toxic alternative to regular plastic or vinyl sheets.
The most important step you can take to protect yourself from off gassing is to switch to a low off gassing mattress immediately. Intellibed’s line of gel mattresses are low off gassing and the Gel Matrix® is 100% non-toxic. In addition, you’ll experience the revolutionary qualities of the Gel Matrix®. Intellibed’s engineered mattresses provide the supportive benefits of a firm mattress as well as the comfort of a soft bed.
Intellibed provides first-rate mattress solutions for health-conscious consumers without sacrificing a good night’s sleep. To purchase your low off gassing mattress, visit Intellibed today.