What are the challenges in keeping a foam mattress odour free?

The OSKA Series2 mattress is made completely from foam which makes it an extremely comfortable and cost-effective pressure relieving device.

However, the biggest drawback of having a foam mattress is keeping it clean and odour free. Mattresses get a lot of use and are exposed to numerous elements which, in clinical environments are often unavoidable, and can contribute to odour build up.

The OSKA Series2 mattress is designed with this in mind. They come with our V-Guard Technology covers which provide a variety of features. The coating on the covers provides waterproof protection and the seams are welded instead of stitched so no liquid will pass through the cover or seams, contaminating the foam beneath. This will keep the mattress foam clean but odours may still pass through. This is because, although the covers are waterproof, they are vapour permeable, which is an important requirement in order to prevent moisture build up and contribute to the start of pressure ulcers. In order to keep your cover clean and minimise odours transmitting to the foam, you can wash the cover at 95 degrees celsius and tumble dry or simply wipe down with a solution made of up to 10,000ppm of chlorine.

The skin microclimate (temperature, humidity and airflow next to the skin surface) must be kept cool and dry to help prevent pressure ulcers from forming. The Series2 incorporates 2 layers of foam, the base foam and then a top layer of foam called Aerolite. The Aerolite foam makes up the Offloader feature and so is a highly responsive, comfortable foam layer. It is breathable and has microclimate properties so the air can circulate through the foam and work with the breathable cover to allow the air to flow underneath the body minimising odour build up and providing effective pressure relief.

By incorporating the above features into this product, it helps prevent odours from building up. However, just like any bedding, if it is not properly maintained and cleaned it will start to smell. Keep the mattress covers clean, and when the covers are in the wash, place the foam in a well ventilated room to let it air out. 

It is important to look after your mattress by following the cleaning guidelines and ensuring it is not pierced with any sharp objects. If the cover is compromised you risk fluid passing though to the mattress foam.

The benefit of the OSKA Series2 is that, if you have really stubborn odours, or if your cover becomes compromised and fluids pass through, you do not need to replace the whole mattress. The top Aerolite foam and the covers are replaceable. 

For more information on replacement parts for your mattress or on ways to keep your mattress clean and odour free contact the pressure care experts.