Post # 1
Help! We just bought a $4000 bed, Tempurpedic, and we cannot even sleep on it because it stinnks so much! I read on their website that the smell should go away in 2 weeks. I find this unaccepable, any suggestions?
Here is what they say:
That “new product” smell
Some people notice a slight odor to their new mattress—this can come from our TEMPUR material manufacturing process. This smell is normal and usually disappears before the product reaches you. Sometimes, however, this smell may still be noticeable. It usually disappears after a few weeks. It can help to take the steps recommended in “Break in period“ below; that will help the TEMPUR material cells fully open and release the smell.
Adjusting to room temperatures
Tempur-Pedic mattresses are sensitive to temperature—that’s what helps them conform to your body and give you that famous support. In rooms of 65° F or less, your mattress will feel a bit firmer, but when you lie on it, it will respond to your body temperature and become softer.
Break in period
You can speed up the break-in period by simply spending time in bed: reading, watching TV or playing with the kids or grandkids. The extra movement will help the cells in the TEMPUR material to fully open (some may have remained closed after manufacturing). As they open, they are able to “breath“ and respond to weight and temperature, but they always return to their original shape.
Post # 3
@bestbuddies: Mine is a different brand, but same concept and the smell faded after a day or so. Just leave the windows open overnight if you can or during the day some and it should be better soon.
Post # 4
As much as it sucks, you really should allow for the full two weeks. The manufacturing process involves many nasty chemicals you really shouldn’t be exposed to (especially since you’ll be using it for eight hours a night!). PBDEs are often used as a flame retardant, and can contribute to a host of health problems. I’d leave it in a different room with the door closed and the windows open. That awful smell is an indicator that you don’t want it polluting your lungs.
Post # 5
Ours did as well. We just opened the windows and turned the fan on high and “aired” it out while we were gone to work etc… it helped alot. It DOES go away so dont give up on it yet! I love ours but yes the smell was terrible at first!
Post # 6
Wellll…… I happen to work in the mattress industry so I can tell you that that smell you’re smelling IS normal because tempurpedic beds emit VOCs (source: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Tempur-Pedic). VOCs are potentially harmful to your health, but Tempurpedic beds do comply to health and safety standards.
The company I work for sells beds that are similar to Tempurpedic beds, but all 100% organic (from the latex to the fabric, the wool and the thread) so of course, we as a company do not find Tempurpedic beds to be acceptable for the public and consider them a massive health hazard. I am inclined to agree with our company because I am very involved in the production process that our latex goes through and also very familiar with their process. However, like I said, they do comply with federal health and safety regulations and are not likely to cause significant harm to your health.
That smell will go away in time. The suggestions they made in their FAQ are true. The smell will go away more quickly if you use it. While the smell may go completely away in 2 weeks, the smell will be less noticable and irritable in a couple of days.
I hope this helps!
Post # 7
I used to do marketing for a large furniture chain, and this smell is unfortunate but common. We had many customers call and demand refunds because of it, even after we clearly explained this could happen.
I would recommend following their suggestions and you should be fine in around two weeks. They really are amazing mattressed, but they do come with a definite “break-in” period. Some people get mattresses that smell, others can’t sleep until the bed conforms to their body the right way. Once everything is fine though, you’ll never want to give it up.
Post # 8
Memory foam mattresses do this – they should have told you that when you purchased it. Ours did it. However, it didn’t smell much after the first day, and the smell was totally gone in 3 days (at least in a noticable way).
Post # 9
@peasantsong: oh, wow. thank you so much. Do you mind PMing me a link to the bed brand? DH might be interested in returning the tempurpedic…it just depends how it goes
Thanks everyone for your input!
Post # 10
I have talked about mattresses a lot on here, as I also used to work in the industry. Most mattresses now have some type of foam in them and will emmit VOC’s. However, most beds are covered in a material and so you don’t smell them as much as a tempur since the foam is fully exposed.
We used to suggest putting lavendar packets under the sheets at the foot of the bed, or airing out the mattress prior to sleeping on it.
@leebaby711: I hated my tempur after almost 90 days of sleeping on it. It’s just like any other mattress. Some types work for some people and some don’t.
Post # 11
@crayfish: no, we were not told this. DH is really sensitive to smells and he probably would not have bought it…honestly.
Post # 12
@bestbuddies: Of course!
@mwitter80: you are absolutely right about the foam. Most mattresses contain some type of foam which is made from polyurethane and other chemicals which emit potentially harmful VOCs. And that is precisely why our mattresses use no foam whatsoever.
Post # 13
Ours was fine in a few days. It wasn’t so bad, and my DH is very sensitive to smells too.
Post # 14
@peasantsong: Me too please! We just got a new mattress, but for the next one I’d like one more like a “memory foam” but judging by the 3 or 4 days it took to air out our memory foam pillows I’d rather skip that with a new mattress!
Post # 16
@mwitter80: Yes, there is a small percent of people who never get comfortable with a Tempur-Pedic. I think their official stat they released to us is about 2-3% of customers just do not mesh with their mattresses. Which makes sense like you said since every mattress is different for different people. My aunt is the only person I know who detested her Tempur-Pedic. She will tell anyone who will listen how much she hated it.
I always advise people to give it a break-in period. After 90 days though, definitely return it.