Older cold foam mattresses can absorb numerous odors and thus begin to smell unpleasant. But not only old cold foam mattresses can develop odors: new ones often smell very penetrating too. Find out below how you can remove old and new smells from cold foam mattresses and whether the smell of chemicals is harmful to your health.
New cold foam mattresses stink
New cold foam mattresses have a very unpleasant odor of chemicals - almost always. This is primarily related to the manufacturing process: the mattress is cast from cold foam, which is "crushed" in the last manufacturing step to make the mattress soft and open-pored. When crushing, numerous gases are released, but they are not given the chance to evaporate. Instead, the mattress and the gases are welded in immediately.
You will encounter these chemical-smelling gases when you unpack your new mattress at home. It is particularly extreme with rolled mattresses.
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Are the gases harmful??
Allegedly, the production-related odors in cold foam mattresses are not harmful to health, as Stiftung Warentest is said to have confirmed. However, inhaling chemicals all night is certainly not very beneficial. Therefore, certain measures have to be taken.
Remove odors from new cold foam mattresses
Even the manufacturers themselves recommend that every new cold foam mattress be aired out first. If you bought your cold foam mattress during the warm season, it is best done outdoors, on the terrace or balcony. Otherwise, it should be placed vertically in a well-ventilated room.
How long should the cold foam mattress ventilate?
How long the mattress should air out depends very much on the intensity of the smells. At best, nothing should be smell when you finally put them on your slatted frame. A few days are certainly useful. If the cold foam mattress still smells unbearably strong after eight days, you should send it back.
Remove musty odor from cold foam mattress
- Baking soda
- warm water
- a spray bottle (€ 12.99 on Amazon *)
- a vacuum cleaner
1. Moisten and dust
Spray your mattress thoroughly with the spray bottle. Make sure that the mattress does not get too wet. Then sprinkle baking soda generously over the entire mattress.
Wait until the water has completely evaporated and you can simply blow away the baking soda.
Then suck off the powder with the vacuum cleaner.Tips & Tricks If the mattress is heavily soiled, it is advisable to wet-clean it.