Can you tell me about the flame retardants that are used on mattresses today? Are they safe? Is all natural wool best?
There are 3 fire retardants. 2 of them are perfectly safe. Only the Boric Acid is not. Boric Acid is what they use to kill roaches. So, you want to avoid fabric that is treated with that.
However, very few companies use it. None of what we carry uses Boric Acid.
Most commonly used, is a Kevlar type of material as a backing to the mattress fabric.
There is no chemical off gassing with this, unless it’s on fire…at which point, you have a much more pressing problem.
The other, is wool…which is not without its negatives.
Years ago, before poly foam, which was introduced in the early 1970s, most mattresses we upholstered with natural fibers, like horse hair, boar’s hair, coconut fiber, cotton and wool.
Dust mites are microscopic creatures and can be found most everywhere in the home.
They are particularly fond of the bedroom, as their favorite diet is the dead skin cells that you shed on a nightly basis.
As it is now, they mainly collect on the surface of the mattress. Vacuuming your mattress on a regular basis will keep their numbers to a minimum.
However, back when the mattresses were filled with natural fibers, they would get into the mattress to live and breed.
Adding wool as a natural fire retardant, is an invitation to dust mites to again, get into the mattress to live and breed.
The none chemical Kevlar backing to the fabric is my favorite…if there has to be one.
But, everything has its pluses and minuses…and this is no exception.
Over the years, I’ve noticed that this Kevlar material can cause a person to sleep warm…however, this reaction seems to be limited to menopausal females…oddly enough.
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