Won't a polyethylene mattress cover just trap all the gases, allowing them to build up with nowhere to evaporate?

Asked by Leslie
Waukesha, WI


Sarah Barnard

Answered by Sarah Barnard

Los Angeles, CA

Sarah Barnard Design

November 17, 2010

Hi Leslie,

I think your question is about use of a mattress cover on a newly purchased, conventionally made mattress?

  • If that is the case, then yes, you are correct that the cover will likely help to prevent the mattress from off-gassing into your indoor air.
  • This is actually a good thing because you don't want to be breathing that when you are sleeping!

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Read Elizabeth Borecky's Q&A "Is there any type of barrier cover that can be put on a conventional mattress that stops the escape of the toxins into the air?"

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