What is CertiPUR-US Certified Memory Foam?

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Knowing what material your memory foam mattress is made from is as important as knowing what is in the food you eat.

You want to be rest assured that you’re not being exposed to harsh chemicals or dangerous health risks by purchasing a non-certified mattress.

That’s why it’s important to read into the standards by which your mattress was made. 

Was it made with certified memory foam? What does certified foam actually mean?

With the help of the CertiPUR-US foam certification program, you can thankfully shop with ease knowing your foam mattress or pillow meets standards for content and is approved by accredited labs. 

So, what is CertiPUR-US? 

Read on to find out what the certification means, and why it is important to look for the next time you’re purchasing a memory foam product.

What does it mean to be CertiPUR-US certified?

Before the CertiPUR-US foam certification program, there was no real way of knowing what you were getting when purchasing your memory foam mattress

With the help of a non-profit organization, established in 2008 consisting of foam manufacturers, environmentalists and academics, a standard was set for the substances used during the foam manufacturing process. 

This certification program ensures that products containing flexible polyurethane foam are tested by the following certifications:

  • Made without ozone depleters
  • Made without mercury, lead and other heavy metals
  • Made without prohibited phthalates
  • Made without flame retardants
  • Made with no formaldehyde
  • Have low VOCs (Volatile Organic Compounds) emissions for indoor air quality (less than 0.5 parts per million)

In order to ensure zero exposure to these harsh chemicals or other dangerous artificial materials, you should look for the CertiPUR-US foam certification when choosing your bedding. 

The criteria touches on everything from physical performance to analysis of the components contained inside. It also evaluates the product emissions based on health and safety regulations. 

Testing requirements are also well informed with every new health and environmental regulation, so you can rest assured that you’re getting the absolute best product with up-to-date industry standards.

Why should you care about this certification?

Being exposed to materials that are bad for your health for extended periods of time will dampen your quality of life. Do you really want to sleep on  a foam mattress that is full of toxic chemicals?

Air quality is important to consider when bringing home a new memory foam product.

The problem with VOCs is less serious when buying new memory foam, but the problem worsens when your foam mattress ages, because chemicals might become airborne as the material degrades. 

Long-term exposure to VOCs may affect the nervous system and cause serious illnesses. 

The chemicals from a foam mattress may also get trapped in the other furniture in your home, like the carpet or linens, meaning that even if you do dispose of an old mattress, the chemicals could remain in your home.

Whether you’re buying a mattress for yourself or your child, you want to make sure the memory foam inside is not worsening the indoor air quality of your home with VOCs. The CertiPUR-US certification will give you peace of mind about your purchase.

How do I know if a specific product is CertiPUR-US certified?

Here’s an important thing to clear up:

CertiPUR-US does not certify individual products, lines of products, or companies as a whole.

They certify the memory foam that goes into these products.

In other terms, only the memory foam that goes into making a mattress is tested—not the mattress itself.

So, what happens if you see a memory foam product without the seal?

It’s possible that a memory foam product that doesn’t have the CertiPUR-US seal did not pass the requirements of the certification process and might contain substandard substances—which could affect your health in a big way.

On the other hand, it’s also very possible that the manufacturer simply chose not to include the seal, as it’s not mandatory to include on the product.

So if you’re concerned about a particular product, check the company’s website, or contact them to ask.

Where can I look up CertiPUR-US certified companies?

You can check the list of companies that sell CertiPUR-US certified flexible polyurethane foam to see if the company that sells the product you’re interested in is listed.

Again,this doesn’t guarantee every product that a company sells is CertiPUR-US certified. It only means they have had their memory foam tested.

We should note that the CertiPUR-US website mentions their online directory is only updated once per week, so it’s possible you may come across a company that has earned certification but  is not yet listed.

Should you have an inquiry about a specific company, you can email directly.

How often are CertiPUR-US certified products tested?

The products with said certification are tested twice in the first year of their manufacturing, and then recertified every year after that. If that wasn’t enough, CertiPUR-US standards are checked at foam production plants with random checks throughout the year. 

The repeated random testing means that manufacturers have to keep up manufacturing standards over time.

Another great thing about the certification is that the technical guidelines are available for viewing by everyone, meaning total transparency for you and environmentalists alike.

Rest Easy: PerfectSense is CertiPUR-US Certified

You don’t have to look far for a new certified memory foam mattress. PerfectSense is and always has been CertiPUR-US certified. 

And we have proof! You can find PerfectSense listed in the official directory. 

We take the certification with pride, knowing that it’s one of the most widely recognized and rigorous programs for foam products. 

What does that mean for your next memory foam purchase from PerfectSense?

Buying a memory foam product from PerfectSense means that it comes with CertiPUR-US certified foam, so you can sleep with peace of mind and enjoy the benefits of a quality and comfortable sleep. 

The best part?

The standards accompanied by this certification are universally accepted and ensure high quality for your next purchase. 

You’ll find amazing and certified memory foam products from PerfectSense including our mattresses, pillows, and toppers. Whether it’s for yourself or for your child, our products will ensure a Perfect Night’s Sleep with the certification to prove it. 

The next time you’re purchasing a new mattress for yourself, look for the CertiPUR-US certification and sleep soundly knowing that you’re making the right decision for your health and the air quality of your home. 

It’s time to make the switch to a more environmentally friendly and healthy mattress today. 

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