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Latex off gassing? 05 Aug 2014 17:47 #1

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We bought the Ikea Myrbacka bed and slept on it for 2 nights before I noticed it had a horrible chemical smell. By last night my lungs were starting to bother me. I am fairly sensitive to chemicals and can't use bleach, aerosols, and most perfumes. We made the mistake of not airing out the bed first and putting the bed straight on the frame and putting a cover and sheet on it. I should have known better. Today we tried to air it out in the sun but it rained within an hour :( Even carrying it out bothered my lungs again.

That being said, it is very comfortable for my back and I am happy with it. Will the smell dissipate any time soon? What type of cover should I put on it? I know it has a built in wool cover under the first removable cover. Is that enough or will a wool or cotton cover help? Or should I encase the whole thing in a case that will keep the smell in? I'm really hoping this is a temporary issue. It was a hard enough decision as it was!

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Latex off gassing? 05 Aug 2014 19:18 #2

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Hi jladybugj,

Will the smell dissipate any time soon?


There is more about the smell of latex in post #2 here but the latex in your mattress has been certified by Oeko-Tex for harmful substances and VOC's so at least you have the assurance that the smell and offgassing isn't harmful although some people can still be sensitive to it and you aren't the only one that has mentioned the smell of one of the Ikea latex mattresses ( see here ).

It should dissipate over the course of a few weeks to levels that wouldn't be noticeable or affect most people but there are also some suggestions in post #3 here that can help speed things up a little.

I would NOT put a latex mattress out in the sun because the ultraviolet light can soften and degrade the latex very quickly.

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Latex off gassing? 07 Aug 2014 05:54 #3

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We bought the Ikea Myrbacka bed


For what it is worth, Ikea's latex is a blend, 85% natural and 15% synthetic. While that synthetic part might be the part you are smelling, more likely it is the polyurethane foam they put in the ticking. The description reads "Comfort material: Polyester/viscose (rayon) fiber wadding, Synthetic latex, High-resilience polyurethane foam (cold foam) 2.2 lb/cu.ft." Polyurethane foam is a petroleum byproduct and has its own chemical smell. As Phoenix described it elsewhere, it's the "new car" smell.

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Latex off gassing? 07 Aug 2014 10:32 #4

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Hi diynaturalbedding and jladybugj,

diynaturalbedding brought up a good point (thank you :)) and thanks to sdmark you can see a picture of the layering of the Myrbacka latex mattress here which shows the latex and the polyfoam but either way it should diminish as it has a chance to air out over time.

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Latex off gassing? 07 Aug 2014 11:03 #5

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Yea it's definitely the latex rubber smell that's bothering me. Smells like my bed is made of car tires. What do you suggest for a cover?

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Latex off gassing? 07 Aug 2014 11:39 #6

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Hi jladybugj,

I would suggest giving the mattress time to air out first because the only two covers or enclosures I know that would either block or absorb the smell ( see #9 and #10 here ) would either be very costly or would have a significant effect on the feel and performance of the mattress.

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Latex off gassing? 07 Aug 2014 11:49 #7

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Oh yes I saw those and you are correct. Very expensive. I meant after the smell wears off. Since the bed has a built in wool zip cover underneath the first removable cover, is that sufficient to protect the mattress? I'm looking into getting a wool blanket as an extra layer.

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Latex off gassing? 07 Aug 2014 13:03 #8

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Hi jladybugj,

Sorry ... I didn't realize you were asking about a mattress protector.

There is more about the pros and cons of the different types of mattress protectors in post #89 here .

A mattress protector is always a good idea to protect your mattress from the body fluids and oils that we all release each night, to help reduce dust mite populations, to keep your sleeping surface in a clean and hygienic condition, and to protect against accidents and spills. It will also protect the warranty because mattress warranties are usually voided with even a small stain on the mattress.

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Latex off gassing? 08 Aug 2014 22:07 #9

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diynaturalbedding brought up a good point (thank you :)) and thanks to sdmark you can see a picture of the layering of the Myrbacka latex mattress here which shows the latex and the polyfoam but either way it should diminish as it has a chance to air out over time.

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Thank you Phoenix for your help! I wanted to tell you the thread with the Myrbacka and other Ikea mattress info from sdmark is what led us to purchase it, plus it is $100 off this month! ;) The smell is slowly diminishing with lots of airing out and breezy temps. I believe their top cover is part of the problem in retaining the smell.

We are also shopping for a mattress for our 3 year old. Being that I have a super sensitive nose, would buying a polyfoam bed like the Tuft and Needle be a poor choice? Should I lean towards 100% natural latex or will that smell just as bad? I am also considering a cotton futon but my husband isn't sure those are supportive enough for growing bones. I have looked through all of the links on post #2 and it has been very helpful, but also a challenge to spend the money I wish I could on him to get him the healthiest mattress possible. His mattress may potentially be on a top bunk in a few years so mattress height of no more than 6 inches is a possible limiting factor as well. It seems like "bigger is better" is the trend now.
Thanks again!

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Latex off gassing? 08 Aug 2014 22:52 #10

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Hi jladybugj,

We are also shopping for a mattress for our 3 year old. Being that I have a super sensitive nose, would buying a polyfoam bed like the Tuft and Needle be a poor choice?


That would really depend on how you answer the question of "how safe is safe enough for me?".

If the polyfoam is made in North America or is CertiPur certified (which Tuft & Needle)
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then for most people it would be "safe enough" and any smell with their mattresses would dissipate fairly quickly but wouldn't be "harmful" by most people's standards. Having said that ... some parents are more comfortable with an extra margin of "safety" (just like some parents will only use organic food for their family) and for them more natural materials with less synthetic or "chemical" ingredients such as latex or natural fibers may be a better fit for their personal criteria.

A cotton futon would certainly be firm and supportive enough for a child (futons are firmer than most foam mattresses).

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