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  • 26-Jan-2012

    Chemicals in Mattress Materials

    Many people are beginning to research the materials found in mattress materials.

    We have read some educational articles written in the Agency for Toxic Substances and Disease, Water Based Adhesives Technology Review and Aerias- Air Quality Services that shed some light on this subject. We will review the toxic chemicals, non-toxic chemicals and natural materials found in mattress adhesives, poly foam and visco (memory foam,) synthetic latex, and natural latex.

    First and foremost, taking note of what the adhesives are (what holds the mattress components together) in the construction of the mattress may be far more important than the layers if you are looking at chemicals. Solvent-based adhesives appear to be far more challenging than components themselves.

    These articles state that solvent based adhesives have 48 toxic chemicals in them (too many to detail), 1 non toxic chemical (diphenyl diisocyanate,) and 1 natural material (water.) These articles state Poly Foam and Visco Foam has 7 toxic chemicals (1,1,1,2 Tetrachoroethane, acetone, and dimethylformamide, Methyl benzene, Methylene dianiline, toluene-neoprene and Vinilideine chloride,) 1 non-toxic chemical (diphenyl diisocyanate,) and 1 natural material (water.) These articles state Synthetic Latex has 5 non-toxic chemicals (2-chloro-1–3-butadiene, diphenyl diisocyanate, metallic oxides, Phenol-melamine resins, sulfur, Tellerium) and 1 natural material (water.) These articles state Natural Latex has 6 non-toxic chemicals (acrylate resins, diphenyl diisocyanate, Phenol-melamine resins, Phenol-urea, Polyvinyl acetate and waxes styrene- butadiene copolymer) and 3 natural materials (fats, hevea brasiliensis milk, and water.)