For a while, now, I’ve been wanting to get us a new bed. Our mattress and box-springs were purchased several years ago, at separate times, and at a deep discount (thanks, Travis!), and although they have served us well, the bed is starting to sag on each side and I’ve been having some poor sleep and back pain as a result.
I’ve heard a lot about the “Sleep Number Bed” from Select Comfort, and always thought it would be nice to have, but those things are expensive (king size starts around $1600 and goes up to $4500). But, this past Thursday, I thought I’d look on eBay to see if anyone was selling them used and what they might go for.
Lo and behold, there was someone just on the other side of town selling one, which would mean saving a bundle on shipping (most other auctions listed a shipping cost of $200). I sent the seller an e-mail and asked how old the bed was, and if there would be any incentive (i.e. discount) if I was willing to come pick it up.
Well, the lady replied that it was about a year and a half old, in very good shape, and that she was very excited about the idea of selling it locally. Apparently, they were having trouble finding a box large enough to hold it all (it comes apart, but is still a lot to pack), and she would really like to not have to worry about shipping it. She even offered to have her boyfriend, who drove a delivery truck, bring it to us for free.
So, we agreed on a price (a very good one, I might add), and a plan for me to bid on the auction and then her to close the auction immediately, assuring that I would not be outbid (she was willing to pass up the chance for more money in order to sell it to someone local). We took care of all that quickly, and she told us that it would be delivered the following afternoon (Friday).
The guy dropped it off and showed me a little about how to put it together. It’s not difficult, but could be a little confusing if you don’t pay close attention, so I was glad for the tips (although later I found a manual on-line). Everything seemed to have worked out great at this point. I got a great deal on a very expensive bed and had it delivered the next day.
However, after the guy left, I started to open up more of the boxes he had packed it in, and I noticed that everything had a slight smell of cigaret smoke. This was bad.
I’m probably more sensitive to cigaret smoke than most people – I don’t like to have it on my clothes or in my house at all. It bugs me that if I go to a restaurant and sit in the non-smoking section, I still come out smelling like cigarets, and that smell can stay with me all day long. I think most smokers don’t realize how much that smell permeates everything they own and use. I’ve heard people say things like “it’s ok, I never smoke in my car”, but their cars still stink. It’s probably the most difficult habit to hide from someone.
Anyway, as you can imagine, the thought of sleeping on a bed that smells like smoke was, well, unthinkable. I quickly called the woman that sold me the bed and asked her if the owner of it was a smoker. This woman was actually selling the bed for someone else (an elderly couple), and she assured me that the owners were not smokers, but it had been in her house for about a week while they listed it on eBay, and she did smoke (of course, she gave me the “but I never smoke in the room where we had it stored…” line).
Well, I was very torn. I recognized that I had gotten a great deal on this bed, and having only been in a smoker’s house for about a week, it had a slight smell, but probably wasn’t totally saturated with it. I told the woman that I would see how it went and let her know within a day or two if I would want to return it. She apologized several times and was very nice and understanding about the whole thing. I felt a little guilty myself, because I did not ask the question about smoking up-front, and I should have. If this bed had been owned by a smoker, it would probably be much worse and I would have to blame myself for not asking.
So, Mary and I got to work on seeing what we could do about the smell. The foundation of the bed is a very sturdy plastic structure, and that is easy enough to clean. Mary wiped it off with some Chlorox wipes, and there’s no noticeable smoke smell left there. As for the rest of the bed (foam, pads, covers, air chambers, etc.) – we laid it all out in our garage, sprayed an entire bottle of Febreze on it, and let it sit overnight.
This morning, the garage smelled like cigarets, with a hint of Febreze… However, we’ve not given up yet. I opened up the garage and put a fan in there, and Mary did some research and found some stuff called Odornix (which, by the way, you can get at Wal-Mart for about half of what they are asking on the website). I sprayed everything with Odornix, and have let it sit out there all day, and it seems to be working. I can stick my nose right down onto some of the stuff, and the smoke smell is very faint.
I think we’re going to leave it out there for a day or two, with the garage door open during the day (please don’t come by and steal anything). I’ll let you know how that goes. The original auction said they would refund my money within seven days, and since they are local, I guess I can wait until the last day to decide if I want to return it. I’m cautiously optimistic that this will work, though.