Hi- I just bought a brand new mattress- and only came across your blog AFTER i received the delivery. I'm so bummed about that- but will refer friends to you and appreciate your time/help. My inquiry: My new mattress is a Stearns & Foster Shantel pillowtop firm model. I've been sleeping on the couch for the 5 nights since I received it- the smell is so bad. They removed
the plastic when they delivered it- and i've been trying to air it out. But the smell is HORRID- like chemicals- is this normal? Also, i'm very nervous about the chemicals i've read about on your website. is this an issue with stearns & foster too? one of your posts said something about mattresses being treated with Boric Acid- gross. And lastly, why do you dislike pillowtop mattresses? thank you! Alli
There is always something of a "new mattress smell". However, if the foam inside wasn't cured properly, the smell can be anywhere from "peew" to "AGGGHHH!!!"
Not being there is smell for myself, it's hard to say if yours is really bad...or if you're just sensitive to the normal odor. That would take an inspector. If you find it soooo bad, ask for one to be sent to your home to check it out. There are independents that do that for a living...believe it or not.
Look at what happens to the pillowtop when you get in the bed. You can see the pillow part pull inward toward you. Body impressions are normal with any mattress. But when the padding isn't tightly attached to the edge...as in a pillowtop, those impressions come quicker and get deeper. They're a poor value...and there are plenty of mattresses without pillowtops, that are plenty comfy.
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