Memory foam may contain isocyanates, which, according to the Occupational Safety and Health Administration, can cause irritation of the eyes, nose, throat, and skin. Exposure to isocyanates can also lead to chest tightness and asthma.
TEMPUR® material can have a slight odor after it is manufactured. This smell is normal and harmless, and it usually disappears before the product reaches you. If you notice this odor, know that it will dissipate in a week or two.
The Harmful Effect Of Bed Bugs On Your Memory Foam
Bed bugs can live on any mattress, including memory foam. However, they’re more likely to live on the underside of the mattress rather than inside it. They also can’t burrow, so they can’t get inside a mattress unless there’s already an opening.
Dust mite allergy symptoms caused by inflammation of nasal passages include:
Dust mites can be difficult to detect due to their small size. These microscopic arthropods are estimated to be only 1/4 to 1/3 millimeters long. You can only see them under a microscope, and even then, they only look like small white spider-like creatures.
If you’re allergic to dust mites, you’ll develop a red, itchy bump where the dust mite extract was pricked onto your skin. The most common side effects of these skin tests are itching and redness.
Air It Out
Arrange boards between the chairs and cover them with a sheet before adding the mattress. This allows air to circulate all around the mattress, while the sheet protects it from splinters. A good 8- to 12-hour airing can remove most of the harsh odors.
Yes, memory foam is safe. Studies have shown memory foam does not cause cancer or other health issues, although that is a common misconception. The chemical smell that comes with memory foam often dissipates within a few days.
Off-gassing doesn’t stop when the smell stops either. The ’new smell’ may disappear after a week or so but the fumes are still being emitted – they’re just much more subtle. Off-gassing can last between six months and five years depending on the household item and the chemicals used to treat it.
Sprinkle baking soda all over the mattress so it can absorb both moisture and odors. Let it sit for about an hour so the baking soda can really work its magic. After the 60 minutes are up, you’ll want to vacuum the gritty mess up. Be sure to go over your mattress multiple times with a handheld vacuum before finishing.
Although memory foam is generally considered safe, it may pose a problem for certain people, such as those who suffer from allergies, asthma, or other respiratory conditions. Memory foam may also bother you if you are very sensitive to smells.
Most memory-foam mattresses take up to three days before the off-gassing dissipates. Highly sensitive people or those with chemical allergies should wait even longer than three days before sleeping on the bed.
Open your mattress and let it air out.
Typically, that new mattress smell will go away somewhere within a few hours to a few days. The best way to avoid inhaling off-gas is to open your mattress outside and let it breathe for at least two days. Some suggest letting it air out for a week or two if possible.
TEMPUR® mattresses offer a 10 year guarantee of lasting quality because we understand that a mattress is a long term investment for your health and well-being.