I have a new foam mattress and it smells. Apparently it needs to be aired out for several days. Is there anything I can do to speed up this process? I'm thinking temperature, humidity, fans, baking soda?
Coming from a place on earth where we can't leave stuff outside all the day due to the weather conditions, I would leave the mattress standing on the long side edge in a ventilated room.
This would maximize the surface area exposed to the air, which would help vent away the new mattress smell slightly faster.
All you must do is follow these simple steps:
- Open the mattress
- Put the mattress on its side
- Open all the windows and doors which are in the room of the mattress
- Try to create a cross-breeze (this is by opening the doors of multiple rooms and allowing the air to enter through one window in one room, and leave from another window in another room
- After 24 hours your mattress should smell of nothingness!
I was frequently dealing with smelly cloths, after going to a pub( where there was always a lot of smoke) then friend told me to put the things overnight on a radiator(heater with circulating hot water). It helped a lot.
The hot air makes the circulation, the heat will help the smelly particles dissipate.
I would suggwst putting it into the sun somewhere for a day or more. It should do the trick.
My mother always kept newly bought mattresses in the sun from morning to evening in an aerated region, and then repeated this for a week.
This probably reduce the smell of the matress.
As you said, using baking soda will help, but I´ll suggest to use it with essential oil in addition.
So, if you still have the (plastic) bag the mattress was packaged in, put it back in the bag and insert a small box with baking soda, and add a few drops of essential oil (lavender or another aroma you like). If possible, put tape on the bag (to disallow air flow) and leave it like this about 6-8 hours.
Simples. Spray this on the mattress:
Now it will smell like new car smell, not new mattress smell.