Everything You Need to Know About Mattress Off-Gassing
Mattress shopping can be a very extensive and exhausting process. When you’ve finally purchased your mattress and pull it out of the box, you expect to have a clean, comfortable mattress that you can sleep on immediately – but what happens when you smell a foul odor from the mattress? This is because you just purchased an off-gassing mattress, which contains toxic chemicals.
What Is an Off-Gassing Mattress?
When you purchase a memory foam mattress, the manufacturer will deliver it to you in a package with a tight seal. During the manufacturing process, this tight packaging will trap chemicals in the mattress’s materials inside. When you open your mattress, these chemicals will release themselves into the air – causing that foul, unpleasant odor that you associate with these new mattresses. “Off-gassing” refers to the process of these VOCs releasing themselves into the air after you open your mattress.
These chemicals are Volatile Organic Compounds (VOCs). VOCs are present in many types of materials and manufactured products, including foam mattresses but also household cleaners, carpeting, and electronics. Manufacturers use VOCs in multiple products that are involved in making foam mattresses, including the foam, the glue, and any flame-retardant materials.
The Health Risks of Off-Gassing Mattresses
While foam mattresses themselves are not dangerous, an off-gassing mattress can be very dangerous to your health. When exposed to a high amount of VOCs during the off-gassing process, you could experience some health problems. Some consumers report experiencing skin irritation and allergic reactions after sleeping on an off-gassing mattress. Others experience coughing, congestion, and even asthma attacks. In severe situations, off-gassing mattress consumers could experience fatigue, confusion, and dizziness. Sometimes, prolonged exposure to VOCs can lead to a build-up of toxins in the body.
Choose Intellibed to Avoid Mattress Off-Gassing
Unlike many memory foam mattresses and other commercially produced mattresses, Intellibed is not an off-gassing mattress. We use materials that do not include off-gassing – we guarantee a 100% zero off-gassing mattress for your convenience, comfort, and health. In addition to the health benefits, Intellibed mattresses are unmatched when it comes to comfort and longevity. Our patented Gel Matrix technology combines the supportive qualities of a firm mattress and the cushioning of a soft mattress for the best night’s sleep possible. Better yet, our mattresses can last for up to 20 years.
An off-gassing mattress can harmful to you and your family’s health – choose Intellibed for the safest sleep possible. Our revolutionary Gel Matrix mattresses not only avoid off-gassing, but they provide some of the most comfortable night’s sleep you will ever experience. Visit our shop to learn more about our Gel Matrix technology and to make an investment in your sleep today.