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Posted by: Jesi, Thursday, April 7, 2011, 1:15am
When we moved to California last year, my husband wanted to "surprise" me and rented us a "lovely" townhome, and went and got a new fridge and a new bedroom set (so I could just donate our old one and pay less for movers). Well, he went to a rental place where basically you rent to own, and we're stuck now paying $2,500 for each item (and get this, the mattress he purchased is used). Every time I think about this, and the fact that we are stuck paying $200 each month for another year for this junk (the fridge is too small, it doesn't even have a water thingy or ice, that too will end up costing 2500$) my heart just falls to my stomach. But oh well, what can I do (besides taking everything back and losing half the money).

Anyhow, as of last year, I know I am allergic to something, I am sure of it (I am testing going sans mascara as well, but I've never had a problem). I even read the allergies book by Dr D and from what he says, I know I am having an allergic reaction to something.

So I flipped the mattress to look on the bottom of it, and noticed that the bed skirt sheet was all rusty!! I thought and thought, and finally figured out that they probably wash these after someone rents them and returns it (I don't really want to think much about this but you get the picture), so I'm guessing it's rusty on the inside (the metal springs) from being washed too many times (EWWWW) or with too much water. So here's the question:

Is that bad for you? If I'm sleeping on a rusty (potentially MOLDY??) mattress...could that be causing me allergies? At first I was worried about dust mites so I purchased a good mattress cover...but now that I saw the rust I want to take the darn thing back. I'm bringing up my futon mattress and sleeping on that for now. What do you guys think? Am I being too paranoid?

Posted by: Jesi, Thursday, April 7, 2011, 1:41am; Reply: 1
It doesn't smell moldy, it smells like cherry....????
Posted by: Lola, Thursday, April 7, 2011, 1:47am; Reply: 2
call them and have them change it
Posted by: Jesi, Thursday, April 7, 2011, 2:26am; Reply: 3
I'm going to tomorrow...but, do you think I'm on to something? Is sleeping on a rusty mattress bad for you?
Posted by: ruthiegirl, Thursday, April 7, 2011, 1:44pm; Reply: 4
I don't think the rust itself is dangerous, but if it's rusty, that means there's been water damage, which could indicate mold on the soft parts. The mold could be dangerous.
Posted by: Goldie, Thursday, April 7, 2011, 2:07pm; Reply: 5
I would stand tall on my hind legs and throw the stuff back at the company.. see if they will be threatened into giving you new stuff if you pay sonme extra, now or just incist on them takng the stuff back.  It pays to have peace of mind, and if you threaten with allergies, with getting sick, with doctor bills coming their way or some other thing like maybe asking the health department coming to take a look -- taking a look for reused bedding - possibly illegal, or having sold you 'new' for old, or having used cherry smelling dis infectant to which you have reactions, possibly - letting the health department sort it out.. dadada ;, you may accomplish all sorts of things..

moving is on issue, I am debating the cost versus -every day- and still think in the  end it's worth it-- as my olde things are much better quality then new stuff on the cheap.. .. what is not worth it is 'storage'' but still I wish I was moved to a place where I will find joy ..   but I just don't know where  that will be ..  

a kingdom for someone who just does : "just do it'
Posted by: TJ, Thursday, April 7, 2011, 4:09pm; Reply: 6
You can't always smell mold.  Even if you aren't sleeping on it, if it's moldy it will still be contaminating the air in your home.  Get rid of it if you can!

Quoted from Goldie
I would stand tall on my hind legs and throw the stuff back at the company..
You have "hind legs" (implying that you also have front legs)? ;) ;D :K)
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