Removing smell from foam mattress toppers?

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Gel memory foam topper has been unfolded for 2 days now. It's almost flattened all the way around. However, it still smells chemically.

I know Arks had them inside the waterproof mattress covers but this one is going on my bed and I don't have those covers.

So, any suggestions for getting rid of the smell?

I've got the topper laid out across 2 tables right now so there is more air circulation than when it was flat on the bed. Ceiling fan is running at top speed.

Other ideas?

Because I'm asthmatic, any strong smells set me off. Certainly can't sleep with this smell. I know a lot of the reviews I read mentioned the smell never going away. Do you find this to be true?

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I do some upholstery in my spare time and sometimes get this with the upholstery foam sheets I buy. I've taken to buying them earlier than I need them now to allow time for them to air. Just in case.

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3 week report - smell still present, foam has 'butt prints' after only 3-4 days of using it, foam is turning brown on the edges and has a crease down the middle.

Will not be buying anymore of these for the guest rooms. Going to get a plastic mattress cover to put over the foam but it will need to be flipped every time the sheets are changed. Will keep it for my bed but definitely would not use in a guest room with all the extra work involved.

Brand is Dream Serenity Fresh Gel from Walmart.

Kinda bummed. I thought this would be an inexpensive way to upgrade one room.

PS - Gomez loves it and doesn't smell a thing. He thinks it's very comfortable. Which it is.

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I don't have these problems... but then I didn't buy from Wally World. They are a bit smaller than the mattress, so I have to pull them from time to time, but that's it.

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Jon Sable wrote:

They are a bit smaller than the mattress, so I have to pull them from time to time, but that's it.

Why is this always the case? I've bought several different toppers and they are all smaller than the standard king bed they are supposed to match.

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Jon Sable wrote:

I don't have these problems... but then I didn't buy from Wally World. They are a bit smaller than the mattress, so I have to pull them from time to time, but that's it.

Did you go to Costco?

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That doesn't sound right to me.  I would bring it back.  A new topper should not be brown around the edges and should not need to be turned that often.  We have 2 toppers that have been on our firm mattresses for several years and our guests love them!  We turn them 2-3 times a year and have never had a problem with the odor.  But ours are high-density memory foam.  They weigh a ton but have held up great and no smell.

 

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Old post brought out of hiding so someone could advertise.

 However, the smell did go away! As I see, it’s been 5 years since I posted that query. I pretty much encased the foam in another mattress pad so its gel cooling properties are wasted.

 

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Duh, I usually look but this time I didn't scroll down far enough to see Joey B's post...that would have given it away.  

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Yup. I had the smell for a two days. Came with a cover. As I said, my only hassle is that it's slightly smaller than the mattress, so I have to pull it from time to time... or when I have a worm sleeping in the bed, but then they pull the sheets there way as well. Guests absolutely love it. We tried one originally. And then we bought a firm mattress that was so firm the first people complained! Got the topper, happy as clams.

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Hope it is working - the dancing.  The irritating smell may be unreacted urethane monomer trapped in the foam cells.  Urethane is made from isocyanates -- irritating family of compounds: the Bohpal disaster that killed thousands leaked methyl isocyanate.  I would associate that residual with poor production value.

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Video. We want video of the dancing.

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Any update on this? I would be leery of a gel foam product if I had sensitivities, what sort of gel foam is it? Literally what is the make up?

Like the underlayment to carpets that many cannot endure made from formaldehyde. 

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Let me read what the box says...88% polyurethane (not the healthiest product on the planet) and 12% gel. No mention of what the gel is made of. There is also charcoal and green tea.

Given the dire warnings about the flammability, I probably won't buy any for the guest rooms. First I'll check to see what the mattresses are made from. If they're full of foam, too, I guess I'm not adding a problem that doesn't exist.

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I have them in every room. No smell stays. It's just when it comes out the first time that it has to sit for a few days in a well ventilated spot. Same with the pillows. They don't have the place to let it sit and get rid of the smell at the factory, so they dump that part of the process on you.

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wondering if the smell is going away.  when you lay down on it, you will smell it if it hasn't.  i suggest you lie on it before putting it on your bed.

i got a foam mattress.  barely noticeable smell and it said not to lie on it for 48 hours so i didn't.  no smell.

i hope it works out for you.  

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What really seems to have sped up the process is the sun heating the foam up. And running the ceiling fan. The smell is minimal now.

Might do a little dance on it tomorrow.

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Morticia wrote:

Might do a little dance on it tomorrow.

Make sure it's a tango.  Smiling

I am really leery of foam products.  My sense of smell was really impacted by staying at someone's house while they were having foam insulation sprayed in their attic.  Also, triggered my environmental asthma and sent me to urgent care with really bad wheezing. 

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Seriously, the more I read, the less likely it is that I will buy anymore toppers. Then I got to thinking of all the chairs I have in the rooms. They all have foam in them, too. It's everywhere.

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Morticia wrote:

What really seems to have sped up the process is the sun heating the foam up. And running the ceiling fan. The smell is minimal now.

Might do a little dance on it tomorrow.

Don't tell Gomez why, just start dancing. Smiling

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Morticia wrote:

What really seems to have sped up the process is the sun heating the foam up. And running the ceiling fan. The smell is minimal now.

Might do a little dance on it tomorrow.

Don't tell Gomez why, just start dancing. Smiling

Nothing  surprises him any longer.

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Click for Morticia doing the mattress stomp...

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Ha, ha.

It's getting better now with the fan running. Stomping commences tomorrow. There might be video if I can get Gomez involved. I'm usually the videographer.

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You might try spraying it with some of Joey's magic zyme s

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I wouldn't spray it with anything. You may want to take it back.

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A few years back I visited my son's new home and spent first night on a brand new Ikea foam topper; around 1 am I thought my windpipe would swell shut in reaction to the fumes! 

"Airing" it out didn't work because the fumes are in the foam cells and don't diffuse to the surface rapidly.  Two approaches worked: 1) lay foam out, maybe doubled over, and walk back and forth on it in stocking feet so it compresses, squeezing out the fumes, 2) turn on exhaust fan in a bathroom and prop foam over the door so air is drawn through.Took 2 days of this.

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I like the idea of walking on it. Good one. It's getting better now that I'm flipping it, leaving it in the sun and running the fan.

Will lay it in the floor tomorrow and stomp around.

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Yes! Yes!  I forgot that I had to do the stomp and romp upon the stinky pillow!  Kinda cathartic! 

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Ours did dissipate mostly by a week, but I do seem to recall that we put them outside to air out for a few days.  That said, I am very sensitive also and bought a memory foam pillow that took over six months to be useable.  Put it outside, threw it in the dryer air cycle, put it up in front of a large floor fan for hours.  Still stunk. Ugh. 

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Thanks. I'll keep moving it around and running the fan over it. Gomez doesn't smell it at all.

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Morticia wrote:

Gomez doesn't smell it at all.

He probably doesn't smell his cigars, either.

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Arks wrote:

Morticia wrote:

Gomez doesn't smell it at all.

He probably doesn't smell his cigars, either.

Maybe that's why he can't smell the foam.

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That is the same wth my husband although his nose was ruined by carb cleaner and fuels!

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It takes a few days, but it will dissipate.

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Jon Sable wrote:

It takes a few days, but it will dissipate.

Define 'few'. Mostly because if I get these for the guest rooms I need to know how long this process takes. I don't have any space in my apt to air them out.

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That is a problem with foam stuff. I am the same way. I am not sure I would sprinkle it with baking soda. If you have to take it back they might not accept it. I have just let the thing air out for many days until the odor dissipates. Any way you can put it on a back porch in fresh air for a bit?

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I thought about putting it outside. I'll see how it goes on the sun porch with the fan running. If I do use these for guests they'll have to go inside the plastic mattress protectors. Unless the cover that came with it is waterproof. No, doesn't look like it is. But it might contain the smell.

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Try putting a custard cup with some vanilla in it near the topper. Or sprinkle it with baking soda? That is an "odor eater" also. Or both?

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gillumhouse wrote:

Try putting a custard cup with some vanilla in it near the topper. Or sprinkle it with baking soda? That is an "odor eater" also. Or both?

 I was thinking baking soda also. sprinkle it on let it sit over night, then vacuum it up. worth a try... 

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