Today, many people think that any mattress will do – as long as it’s new and comfortable. Unfortunately, while certain products used in new mattresses may be durable, they can also be hazardous to your health. In other cases, mattress materials may come from live animals which can lead to other serious issues.
Read on to learn about the different types of mattress materials you may encounter:
Real Feather Mattress Products
Chances are if you’ve ever bought a feather mattress, you think if idyllic farms and a gentle farmer that carefully harvests the feathers from happy, contented chickens. Unfortunately, commercial feather mattresses are made in such high volume that there’s often little concern for the well-being of the animals. In some cases, bird feathers may come from animals that were boiled alive in the slaughterhouses in order to remove the feathers more quickly. If you have even the slightest concern about the way live animals are treated for commercial purposes, don’t buy a mattress that contains these materials.
Plastics, Vinyls, and other Chemicals
Even though your skin may not come in contact with plastics and vinyl inside the mattress, you might still be able to smell them through the mattress cover. If this is a problem for you, find a mattress that doesn’t contain these products. In some cases, parts of the mattress may also be treated with paint, or chemicals to reduce microbial infestation. Unfortunately, these chemicals can cause long-term health problems, especially people with chemical sensitivities. If you see a mattress that’s been treated with microban or similar products, look up the name of the chemical to see if there are any toxicity indicators that may affect you.
Assessing Fabric Coverings
While a cotton or polyester fabric covering may not present a danger to your health, you should carefully assess whether or not dyes from the fabric will rub off on your sheets. It’s also important to look for signs of metallic paints and threads, which can rub off on you and maybe inhaled while you’re sleeping or changing your sheets. In addition, some mattress coverings may be treated with chemicals to repel stains or prevent mattress fires. If you’re sensitive to this type of thing, be sure to check it out before you buy! With a little bit of attention to detail, you should be able to spot these things and move on to other mattresses that don’t present these manufacturing-related issues.
Today, most mattress manufacturers do what they can to make their products safe and reliable. Unfortunately, there can and will be times when this isn’t enough to satisfy your personal needs and comfort levels. In particular, if the mattress is made from animal products, it’s possible that the animals in question were raised and killed in unspeakably cruel ways. If you choose a commercial mattress, you’ll also want to find out as much as possible about the plastics, vinyl, and other chemicals used in the manufacture of the mattress. If something doesn’t seem familiar to you, do your research to learn if the materials could cause you health problems.