How To Remove Chemical Odors From A New Mattress

By Subodh / July 9, 2013

It is definitely the time to find a new mattress once your old one gets too saggy to the point that instead of having a good night’s sleep, you are uncomfortable and you wake up with an aching body. So, you shop around for a new bed, and once you get one that fits your needs and your budget, you have it delivered to your home. You are excited to use it. You are eager to enjoy it and have a restful night on your new bed. But then, when you opened it, you discovered that it smelled of chemicals. What do you do? Before you demand for a refund, you must know that a lot of people react to the strong odors released by new mattresses. This is very common and it’s due to the chemicals and substances used during the manufacturing process. While some individuals can put up with the odor, some are quite sensitive. Not only is their sense of smell affected, but they also experience physical effects, such as headaches and nausea.

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To remove or reduce the powerful odor coming from a new mattress, here are some tips that might help you out.

1. Put the mattress in an unused room before opening.

Before you remove the plastic that is covering your new mattress, put it in a guest room or a room that is not being used. In case it will release a disagreeable smell, the scent will be trapped in that area instead of your bedroom. Then, carefully remove the plastic cover. While uncovering a new mattress, watch out for other nasty smells too. Seriously consider contacting the manufacturer or the store where you bought the item if it smells of wetness, mold or mildew.

2. Use a mattress cover.

This will help in reducing the strong odor emanating from a mattress. Some manufacturers specify the types of mattress cover that should be used for specific kinds of mattresses. Follow such recommendations when buying a mattress cover for your new bed. This is particularly important because there are manufacturers that will cancel the warranty if their suggested covering is not used.

3. Increase ventilation or ventilate mattress.

In case your new mattress is already resting on your old bed frame, one thing that you can do to lessen the chemical odor is by increasing ventilation. Open doors and windows, and turn on an electric fan to improve air circulation. You can opt to air out your mattress too. If it’s sunny outdoors, allow it to sit under the sun for a couple of hours. Don’t forget to bring it indoors at night.

Another fun way to ventilate your new mattress is to jump on it. This will hasten the release of trapped gasses. So, get your kids to jump on the bed, or you can have fun doing it on your own.

4. Use charcoal to get rid of strong odors.

Place some activated charcoal in small sachets and put them on the mattress. Charcoal readily absorbs nasty smells.

5. Use baking soda to help eliminate unpleasant smells.

Baking soda is readily available and easy to use. Simply dust baking soda over the mattress and leave it there for a few hours. Afterwards, vacuum the entire surface. If any nasty odors remain, repeat the process.