Many people when doing research on memory foam mattresses find out for the first time about ‘off gassing’, or they know people who own such beds and have heard them talk about off gassing. To some there is major concern with a mattress that has a strong smell. Some people are sensitive to strong odors – so their concern is well justified. New mattress off gassing can be an issue, but usually only for a few days after purchase.
In this article I will take a closer look at off gassing in memory foam mattresses. There are a lot of myths out there, some are in fact being circulated by larger brand name bed manufacturers (the ones that sell the really expensive beds), and some are just hearsay that people got wrong because they presumed something was a fact without really doing the research.
If you have ever smelled fresh paint or even the smell from the inside of a new car, what you are smelling is a process called off gassing. Memory foam mattresses also go through the process of off gassing when you first unpack them.
Basically what you are smelling is something called “volatile organic compounds” (VOCs) breaking down. In memory foam mattresses off gassing from VOCs is from parts of the foam and adhesives used in making the bed breaking apart, which forms gasses, and where the term off gassing comes from. Continue reading