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I need advice on how to get rid of VOCs even after removing memory foam mattress 17 Sep 2020 10:33 #11

Here's a little update. I slept in the living room on the air mattress for one night and woke up to noticeably less puffy eyes. The second night sleeping on the air mattress, everyone else in the house was up earlier than me so at about 8 AM I went into my dad's room and slept on his bed for about 3 or 4 hours. When I woke up around noon I looked in the mirror...... right back to square one, major swelling in the lower eyelids again. His room is across a narrow hallway from mine, and in that hallway is where it opens up to the large living room with higher ceiling. Apparently much of the VOCs that had been pumped out of my room have gone over into his room and not out the windows thanks to having to leave them shut 99% of the time due to constant rain and humidity. Fortunately my dad isn't effected by the VOCs like I am, he's able to watch TV in my room for as long as he wants and his eyes don't sting like mine do. So now that I'm just starting to feel good about using the carbon filter air purifier to absorb the gasses in my room, I learn that his room is now toxic enough to swell up my eyes. Now the plan is to keep purifying my room until I can sleep in there with no issues, and then after that to move the purifier into his room to absorb those trapped gasses. I've been trying to be patient with this whole fiasco but right now I'm really getting more and more upset with Serta and anyone else who makes these memory foam mattresses. I haven't had a really good night's sleep in months now. I've had nearly constant twitching in one of my eyelids for a few weeks now, which is most commonly caused by sleep deprivation (but has nothing to do with the stinging or swelling of my eyes). I'll post again if and when I'm ever able to go back to sleeping in my own room with no further swelling of the eyes.

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I need advice on how to get rid of VOCs even after removing memory foam mattress 17 Sep 2020 22:23 #12

Hi Ardillamente.

Thanks for the additional report. Wow! Quite a VOC saga... sorry to hear that you're still chased by VOCs effects, throughout the house, and in your dad's room. Good to know he does not have an adverse reaction as strong as you have and that he is able to rest well.

Hopefully, the rain will stop for while to help air out the entire house. Between this, the carbon filter, and the air purifier things should be returning to normal soon.

Certainly, keep us posted on how things turn out.

Phoenix
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I need advice on how to get rid of VOCs even after removing memory foam mattress 18 Sep 2020 21:56 #13

I'm kind of surprised, but Serta allowed my lowest of the low review to be posted on their website. I made sure to wait until our refund finally came through to dare posting it hahaha. Here's the link if anyone wants to see my no holds barred breakdown of their terrible product and what it's been doing to me for the last month or so. Scroll to the bottom to reviews, and click on "sort by lowest rating". Mine will be the last one star review, since they're listed from oldest to newest. It's titled: "Memory Foam Mattresses are far more toxic than they want you to think!"

www.serta.com/mattresses/icomfort

My hope is that at least some people will read that review and be scared away from buying an off-gassing poison block for a bed like I did.

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I need advice on how to get rid of VOCs even after removing memory foam mattress 19 Sep 2020 11:31 #14

Ha! No surprise at all, less than 24 hours after they posted my review on the Serta iComfort website it has been removed. This is a great example of why everything seems to have a 4.5+ out of 5 star rating. The companies will just delete any of them they don't like. So much for trying to warn potential Serta buyers. Well I tried......

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I need advice on how to get rid of VOCs even after removing memory foam mattress 19 Sep 2020 11:36 #15

You did better than me. Joybed never posted any of the reviews I wrote. I tried several different times since they kept asking for a review. And I changed them slightly each time, while still being truthful.

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I need advice on how to get rid of VOCs even after removing memory foam mattress 19 Sep 2020 12:01 #16

I just posted a new review and made sure not to write anything that violates any of their terms and conditions. I also told them: If you will post the other one star review I just read that says "Your mattress sucks, your mattress sinks and your warranties suck" then my review is no more defamatory than theirs. We'll see if they leave this one up.....

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I need advice on how to get rid of VOCs even after removing memory foam mattress 20 Sep 2020 08:50 #17

Biology postdoc here. I can assure you that none of the compounds that are released from memory foam can persist for more than a day or two in the conditions you describe (open windows, fans, carbon filters, deep cleaning, etc.) That's just a straight up fact. If they provoked an allergic response, your body can continue to have those symptoms long after the provoking agent is gone. But there are no mattress-related VOCs in that room anymore. Thus your effort might be better spent focused on reducing your body's inflammatory reaction rather than on chasing chemicals that are already gone.

Also bear in mind that correlation does not equal causation. Just because your symptoms coincided with the general timeline of the memory foam mattress, that doesn't necessarily mean it was the cause. To be clear, MF does offgas and the compounds are not benign and lots of people do have reactions to them (though more common is the silent carcinogenicity); just pointing out a core tenet of empirical analysis.

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I need advice on how to get rid of VOCs even after removing memory foam mattress 20 Sep 2020 11:01 #18

Thanks for your input Alynn. I have to ask then, why do my eyes burn from just going into my room for 20 or 30 minutes still? Also when I try to sleep in that room my eyes puff up again, but sleeping in a different room the swelling doesn't re-occur. I can't see any other possible explanation. This all started happening exactly when I got the Serta memory foam mattress, it can't possibly be coincidence. Also to be clear, I haven't been able to open the windows very much at all, maybe 20 minutes a day thanks to the constant rain and humidity in Florida.

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I need advice on how to get rid of VOCs even after removing memory foam mattress 20 Sep 2020 11:13 #19

Another thing I did that may have made the matter worse initially and spread the VOCs around more was attempting to air out the room when the Serta was still in it. I blew fans across the Serta mattress and out the windows for a few days before I gave up and sealed it in plastic wrap. In that time I likely spread the VOCs around the room into the carpet and my closet. I noticed a few days ago when selecting a shirt from my closet my eyes started burning as soon as I moved the shirts around, leading me to think that the hanging shirts in the closet had absorbed a bunch of VOCs as well. I plan on taking all of those shirts out today and washing them, but that will truly be the last thing I can think of that I haven't already tried.

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I need advice on how to get rid of VOCs even after removing memory foam mattress 27 Sep 2020 11:01 #20

Phoenix wrote: We have many followers looking for solutions in dealing with VOCs so please keep us updated with any revelations you may have as there nothing like firsthand experience.


So now it's been another week or so. I've been able to air out my room for 3 or 4 hours a day about 3 times this week with a fan in 1 window sucking in fresh air, 2 fans pointed on the mattress and box spring at different angles and a 4th fan blowing air out the other window. Yet still every time I try to stay in the room for an hour or 2 watching TV as a test before trying to sleep in there I get burning in my eyes.

AllynD the "biology postdoc" sounded very educated and well informed but when he said "there are no more VOCs in that room, that's a straight up fact" he was apparently wrong. He didn't understand all the factors like the box spring still being in the room that the memory foam mattress had sat on for a couple weeks. My leading theory is still that the gasses are emanating out of that box spring and into the new mattress.

I have another troublesome issue as of this morning. I've been sleeping on the air mattress all this time still and my eyes have been very gradually improving every day, with still visible fluid retention quite far down on the cheekbone like a 2nd layer of retention with the first layer being directly on the lower eyelids and that first layer being mostly gone. My mother went out of town so I slept on her bed last night. Her mattress is close to 20 years old but is a memory foam mattress, I thought I'd be ok on such an old bed but I was wrong. Memory foam must really off-gas for years and years because I woke up this morning with the worst swelling I've had yet, massive swelling in 2 layers on the lower eyelids and beneath that on the cheekbone. This also makes me think that the guest bedroom bed I slept on last week that puffed up my eyes too must have at least some layers of memory foam in it, so the gasses from the memory foam that was in my room may not have wafted down the hall like I originally thought. Lucky me I must just be extremely sensitive to the stuff.

I also went and saw a physicians assistant at a local CareSpot clinic to see if I should get on anything for the swelling. She was very condescending and patronizing, basically told me that because she had seen much worse eye swelling before that my issue didn't matter at all to her. She told me to take some Claritin and Benadryl. Been taking those for a few days with no effect yet, and now since the new swelling I'm right back to square one all over again.

Serta won't let me post an honest review on their website and when I try to ask them why they keep taking my reviews down they won't respond.

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