The problem with all three types of mattress makers using fiberglass is that the glass fibers never stay where they are intended. It doesn’t really matter whether a fiberglass free mattress, laced with fabric, or loosely wrapped in a pocket; they always find a way outside the mattress.
Some innocent people mistakenly thought that was a zipper and that the cover of their mattress was removable. They took the cover off to wash it but failed to notice the glass particles. After the mattress covers had been removed, they discovered that fiberglass particles had built up on their dryers. The problem was made worse by the fiberglass particles.
Fiberglass is a Skin Irritant
Many people have shared stories of getting rashes and itching after sleeping on fiberglass mattresses. These people never removed the non-removable covers of their beds. However, the flashlight could be used to illuminate a darkened room and see the glittering fiberglass peeking out from the tops.
Fiberglass is an Eye Irritant
Others have shared stories of the fiberglass being removed from their mattresses and causing irritation to their eyes. Many others had similar experiences after their children had jumped all over the bed. When making beds, mattress manufacturers don’t think of kids jumping onto them. They also don’t think of mattresses being loaded onto moving trucks and used for moving around. But this is the real world.
Fiberglass Can Be Lung Irritation
Glass fibers can spread from fiberglass mattresses when they are ripped or chewed by pets and children. The fiberglass eventually got to the heating system and air systems. Once there, it was almost impossible to completely eliminate.
Although there is no evidence that fiberglass particles can cause cancer in the long term, they can still pose a serious health risk to those suffering from Asthma/Bronchitis.
Tips for Finding Mattresses that aren’t Made of Fiberglass
Do not believe the hype. Social media influencers will suggest questionable mattresses to their followers, even though they do not know the health issues. After all, it is how they make a living from selling products. Although mattresses may be listed as containing fiberglass, mattress comparison websites will still link to manufacturers’ websites. Shady marketing websites solely interested in commissions will tell consumers that fiberglass mattresses can be safe since the fiberglass is “deep” in the mattress.
Review Mattress Labels. Mattresses sold in the United States should have a Material and Safety tag. Be sure to verify that the mattress has not been thoroughly researched before you buy it in person. If the mattress cover is non-removable, it may contain fiberglass.
Recognize alternatives – Mattresses manufactured without fiberglass may use Rayon (Polyester, Wool, or Silica) to pass flammability testing and comply with certification standards. Silica can be used under the mattress cover as non-woven Silica mats or fabrics with Hydrated Silica. The main ingredient of fiberglass is silica. A mattress manufacturer may attempt to conceal their fiberglass by using silica.
Avoid Cheap Sleeping Mats: Memory foam mattress are a good budget option, as they contain less fiberglass. Although these may appear to be an attractive option for a cheap mattress, the potential risks far outweigh any savings. There are high-end mattresses that have fiberglass and very affordable ones without it.
Damage control: If you have an already purchased mattress containing fiberglass, containment can help minimize any problems until a replacement mattress arrives. To stop any glass fibers from getting through the mattress, use a mattress cover. You should choose a higher gauge rating to ensure that the plastic will not be easily punctured.