Last Updated on November 14, 2022
Does Tempurpedic have fiberglass? Yes, they definitely do. But they won’t tell you unless you ask the right questions.
Fiberglass-Free mattresses have been a hot topic for the last few years. Things really took off when people took to Reddit and Youtube to share their experiences of fiberglass contamination.
Why Does it Matter if Tempur-Pedic has Fiberglass?
Some people had a tear accidentally put in their fiberglass mattress cover by pets and kids. After some time, they noticed skin irritation and decided to investigate the cause. They found their mattresses to be leaking fiberglass particles from the rip in the mattress cover.
Shining a flashlight on fiberglass particles will make the shards sparkle and shimmer.
Other people had stains and spills on their fiberglass mattresses that required cleaning. They wrongly assumed their mattress covers were removable because they had zippers. Once the mattress covers were removed, the fiberglass particles were already dispersed everywhere.
Some people didn’t notice the fiberglass until after washing the cover and then their clothing in the same machine.
How is a Tempur-Pedic Mattress Constructed?
Tempurpedic makes many different models of mattresses, but they are all constructed in basically the same way – layers of different foams. Here’s a simple look at how a Tempurpedic mattress is built from the bottom to top.
Tempur-Pedic Mattress Construction Summary:
- Hard Polyurethane Base Layer – Tempurpedic mattresses start of with a thick base layer of Polyurethane foam, often about a third to half the overall thickness of the mattress.
- Possible Air OR Spring Layers – Some Tempurpedic mattresses have one or more layers of springs, individually encased coils, to provide more adaptive support.
- Medium Polyurethane Support Layers – All Tempurpedic mattresses have one or more layers of medium firmness polyurethane layers.
- Soft Viscoelastic Foam Layers – The top layers of Tempurpedic mattresses are viscoelastic polyurethan foam, also known as memory foam. There may be two different layers of memory foam paired together.
- Flame Retardant Fire Sock – After all of the foam layers, Tempurpedic encased them all with a flame-resistant cover known as a “fire sock” in the mattress industry.
- Removable Cover – Last, Tempurpedic covers the entire bed in a cooling cover with a zipper that allows the top section to be removed and cleaned in a washing machine.
It’s True, Tempur-Pedic Doesn’t Have Fiberglass in the Covers
Tempurpedic is a pioneer of memory foam and was the first big brand name for memory foam mattresses. In 2012 Tempur-Pedic International bought Sealy, their biggest competitor, and became a powerhouse in the mattress industry, their name also changed to Tempur Sealy.
If you’re searching online to find out if Tempurpedic has fiberglass, you will undoubtedly see a resounding “No” from every website that wants to sell you a Tempurpedic mattress.
“Does Tempurpedic Have Fiberglass? No. Unlike Many Cheaper Memory Foam Mattresses, You Will Not Find Fiberglass In Your Tempurpedic Mattress.” -bestmattressforyou.com
“Do Tempurpedic mattresses have fiberglass? No. These mattresses have a safer fire retardant system that is fully free from fiberglass” -rvandplaya.com
“Tempurpedic mattresses don’t contain any form of fiberglass, so they’re likely to be harmless for sleepers prone to skin irritation.” -sleepingocean.com
“Many mattress companies use fiberglass in their fire barriers, but TempurPedic mattresses are fiberglass free.” -sleepaim.com
The problem with all those websites is they asked the wrong questions and got the wrong answers. Those website authors asked Tempur Sealy if their TempurPedic mattress covers contain fiberglass. It’s true, Tempurpedic’s removable mattress covers don’t contain fiberglass.
Those other websites are wrong because TempurPedic uses fiberglass in different parts of their mattresses.
So, Does Tempurpedic have Fiberglass?
The answer? Yes, most definitely! I asked and they told me so.
Tempur-Pedic Incorporates Fiberglass WITHIN its Mattresses
Tempur-Pedic tries to cleverly and carefully craft their replies to materials information questions to avoid actually answering the questions. When Tempur Sealy does give answers, they use words like Silica and Mod-Acrylic when they actually mean Fiberglass and Modacrylic. But if you call Tempurpedic’s bluff and be direct, you can actually get the answers you seek.
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Actual conversation with Tempur Sealy about Fiberglass
I contacted Tempur Sealy and asked them this:
“What materials are tempur-pedic’s fire socks constructed from?”
Here’s Tempur Sealy’s reply:
“We’ve designed and manufactured our mattresses without chemical retardants, but do use an industry-standard “fire sock” made of non-toxic materials. The “fire sock” allows our mattresses to withstand grueling flame-resistance testing and still meet all federal, state, and local fire regulations, including the National Flammability Standard. For more information regarding fire regulations, you can visit the Consumer Protection Safety Agency at www.cpsc.gov.”
I then asked Tempur Sealy these follow ups:
“So what’s it made it made of? Rayon? Inherently fire resistant rayon? Silica? Polyester?”
Here’s Tempur Sealy’s 2nd reply:
“Our formula is not public knowledge. Tempur-Pedic product formulas are a trade secret; however, the raw materials and processes used in manufacturing Tempur-Pedic products are similar to those used in the production of a large variety of polyurethane foams used every day by millions of people in many different applications like furniture, bedding, carpet underlay, packaging and automotive seats. Tempur-Pedic products do not contain polybrominated diphenyl ethers (PBDEs) and our products meet fire safety requirements without using PBDEs. All Tempur-Pedic products are designed and manufactured to meet applicable Federal, State and local regulations (including California Prop 65).”
I then stated:
“makes me think it’s probably fiberglass, or something worse”
Then the conversation got interesing with Tempur’s 3rd reply:
“Tempur Sealy selects raw materials and manufactures with safety, quality and the environment in mind. All Tempur Sealy products have been fully evaluated to comply with all laws and regulations, including the Consumer Product Safety Commission and California Proposition 65.
To comply with the Consumer Product Safety Commission fire safety regulations, some manufacturers rely on exposed, brittle, easily crumbled fiberglass (a cheap technology that has made headlines in the past with dermal exposure and rashes).
Conversely, the glass fibers in our mattress products are comprised of a core-spun technology that encases the glass in a flexible protective sheath housed within the internal mattress design, and is completely safe and inaccessible in normal use, even if the cover is removed. To ensure safety and quality for our customers Tempur Sealy only uses this core-spun glass fiber technology, and regularly conducts independent testing to ensure continued safety, and that the materials within all Tempur Sealy products meet or exceed all regulatory compliance.”
So, that’s that! Tempur-Pedic definitely uses fiberglass in their mattresses.