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Outgassing and Allergies from Polyurethane Foam Futon

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26 Jun 2020 21:41 #1 by voyager39
I bought an inexpensive PU foam futon floor mat to have as a backup in case my air mattress ever has an unexpected accident, and to possibly serve as a mattress to tide me over until I get a long-term mattress that works for me.

After experiencing back pain on my main mattress, I tried sleeping on the Futon (a foam futon from D&D Futon). To my surprise, it was quite comfortable. I slept on it several hours (with sleep aided by an antihistomine that I used to address an allergic episode) with no back pain afterwards.

However, I ended up with significant nasal allergies and headaches that I am convinced were reactions to chemicals in the mattress. I of course had to stop using the mattress. This was disappointing given the back comfort I'd experienced.

I'm posting to ask whether anyone else has experienced this and whether the chemical smell, outgassing, and allergic reactions thereto dissipated with time. I asked this question on Amazon, and my question was promptly removed, which tends to suggest that the vendor controls the question and answer section. The futon is currently being aired out in my garage, but I don't know if this means the mattress will be safe one week, a month, or never.

I'd of course appreciate any input on this point.

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04 Jul 2020 12:55 #2 by Sensei
Hey voyager39,

Good hearing from you and thanks for your question :) .

After experiencing back pain on my main mattress, I tried sleeping on the Futon (a foam futon from D&D Futon). To my surprise, it was quite comfortable. I slept on it several hours (with sleep aided by an antihistomine that I used to address an allergic episode) with no back pain afterwards. However, I ended up with significant nasal allergies and headaches that I am convinced were reactions to chemicals in the mattress. I of course had to stop using the mattress. This was disappointing given the back comfort I'd experienced. I'm posting to ask whether anyone else has experienced this and whether the chemical smell, outgassing, and allergic reactions thereto dissipated with time. I asked this question on Amazon, and my question was promptly removed, which tends to suggest that the vendor controls the question and answer section.


I've been lurking in the background, waiting for some consumer response to your post, voyager39 and thought I'd give a point of view in the meantime. For some individuals, there are allergy issues with various chemicals and offgassing of certain materials; the quality control of different foam manufacturing methods that are used can have both short and long-term gradual consequences. I did some searching on D&D Futon's site and see that products carry the CertiPUR-US certification, indicating their polyurethane foam has been tested for harmful substances and VOC's, you can read more on CertiPUR-US testing criteria here . A product certification however is no guarantee that someone would not have a specific allergic reaction to a particular synthetic material. Sorry to hear that the Amazon reseller you purchased from removed your question, one of the reasons I tend not to trust Amazon "reviews" as being a reliable source of information.

The futon is currently being aired out in my garage, but I don't know if this means the mattress will be safe one week, a month, or never.


Airing your futon out in the garage during summertime will certainly speed up the chemical-smell dissipation process but be mindful of what other odors it may be absorbing there in the meantime. Hope this helps and looking forward to hearing the final offgassing outcome… ;)

Thanks,
Sensei

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