Glass Fibers in Bed Mattresses

Fiberglass Awareness

It’s tucked safely behind the walls they said. Oh wait... it’s in my bed. That's right, some of us are sleeping on tiny strands of glass. Because of mandatory flammability standards for mattresses, some companies are putting fiberglass in the mattresses to meet the guidelines, while others are adding chemicals.

A memory foam mattress label connected to a white bed.
Close up of the memory foam mattress label that reads 'Outer cover - 100% Polyester - Inner cover: 64% Glass Fibers 28% acrylic 8% Cotton'
A person's fingers pulling on the fiberglass cover that is on a bed mattress.

When our dog sneezed every time she walked over to our bed it was a sign something was in the air, but never did we imagine it would be floating glass. Sure enough, our bed was wrapped in a glass blanket. The label said it was 64% glass fibers.

A man removing the fiberglass cover from a memory foam mattress outside on a driveway.

Before making the decision to toss the mattress we tried simply removing the fiberglass cover.

The side of a memory foam mattress with tiny strands of glass attached to the side of it.

Thank goodness we were outside, because while the cover looked nice and soft, it left tiny sharp, glittery strands of glass all over everything.

The red handle of a pair of scissors with tiny strands of sharp glass stuck all over it.

The glass was everywhere, sticking to everything and my lungs began to hurt.

A person with a red painted fingernail holding a pair of scissors with strands of glass stuck all over it from static electricity.
A red pair of scissors with tiny, shiny shards of glass stuck all over it.

We bought a mattress that was made of latex and sheep wool to replace our memory foam fiberglass mattress, as sheep wool meets the flame retardant guidelines.

Sharon Maguire - Updated 2-6-2018

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