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Is It Really Illegal to Remove Your Mattress Tag?
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Is It Really Illegal to Remove Your Mattress Tag?
BY Matt Soniak
July 18, 2012

Spoiler Alert: It is not. But here's why that warning is on there in the first place.

At some point, most of us have heard that we’re not supposed to remove the tags from our mattresses, under penalty of law. Most of the tags even say something like "It is unlawful to remove this tag!" The tags and the bold act of tearing them off have become a kind of jokey cultural shorthand for oppressive, yet trivial, government regulation and rebellion against it. Jay Leno has joked that his mom is so law-abiding that she checks her tags once a month, and Woody Allen parodied the tags with a story about two drifters who break into a home and slash them off.



Is It Really Illegal to Remove Your Mattress Tag?
BY Matt Soniak
July 18, 2012

Spoiler Alert: It is not. But here's why that warning is on there in the first place.

At some point, most of us have heard that we’re not supposed to remove the tags from our mattresses, under penalty of law. Most of the tags even say something like "It is unlawful to remove this tag!" The tags and the bold act of tearing them off have become a kind of jokey cultural shorthand for oppressive, yet trivial, government regulation and rebellion against it. Jay Leno has joked that his mom is so law-abiding that she checks her tags once a month, and Woody Allen parodied the tags with a story about two drifters who break into a home and slash them off.
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You can go ahead and cut the tag off without fear of jackbooted mattress police kicking in your door and hauling you off to the gulag, though. The tag's stern warning is there to protect you, the end user: it's the removal of the tag before the mattress gets to the person that’s going to sleep on it that’s illegal.
Why So Serious?

Take a look at your mattress tag and you’ll see that there’s a lot more on it than just the “don't remove me” warning. The purpose of the tag is to assure consumers that they’re buying a new, never-been-used product and to let them know exactly what’s inside it. The need for this protective label arose in the early 20th century, amid a boom in consumer protection regulations. At the time, mattresses were often constructed with some unsavory stuffing — horse hair, corn husks, food waste, old rags, newspaper, and whatever else a manufacturer could come by were regularly shoved inside. Consumers would never see the stuffing, so no harm, no foul, right? Not really. Some of this stuff harbored bacteria and household pests that gave unwary consumers a not-so-restful slumber.

The government tackled the problem by requiring mattress manufacturers to affix tags to their products that clearly defined their contents. Consumers could then make informed decisions and steer clear of mattresses stuffed with dangerous or gross materials. Listing the “ingredients” right on the mattress put the dirty rag guys at a distinct disadvantage in the marketplace. So to get around the problem, having fulfilled their legal obligation to add the tag, some manufacturers simply tore it off before shipping to retailers. Elsewhere, salesmen ripped them off of slow-moving products to help sales.

The government countered with a new regulation. Tags now had to have the do-not-remove warning, and federal regulations made it unlawful to “remove or mutilate, or cause or participate in the removal or mutilation of, prior to the time any textile fiber product is sold and delivered to the ultimate consumer, any stamp, tag, label, or other identification required” on them. “Any person violating this section,” the regulation continues, “shall be guilty of an unfair method of competition, and an unfair or deceptive act or practice, under the Federal Trade Commission Act.”

The move deterred dishonest mattress dealers, but also confused more than a few consumers, who dutifully left the tags on for fear of prosecution. In recent years, the feds and many state governments have eased the minds of law-abiding citizens by amending the mattress laws so the tags read “this tag shall not be removed except by the consumer.”

So, go ahead, tear that sucker off and sleep easy.

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Nice and informative post.
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"At the time, mattresses were often constructed with some unsavory stuffing — horse hair, corn husks, food waste, old rags, newspaper, and whatever else a manufacturer could come by were regularly shoved inside."

I wish this would have happened when we had cell phones.

Thanks for the post. Fun.
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It's there as a brainwashing mechanism.
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Never heard of that, the only thing ours have said is the positive sh*t about how comfy the mattress is and a big "fire resistant" image.. if you cut it off then you'll have to get rid of it yourself at end of life as no charity will accept it (or other fabric furniture) without a "fire resistant" label.
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i have removed the tags numerous times...but i wait for 20 years and then act upon it

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best post of the week
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As a child I would read those tags and be terrified. I thought they had the powers to break down the door and come for me if I did that.
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MAGNETO  Wrote: (03-20-2018 07:01 AM)
"At the time, mattresses were often constructed with some unsavory stuffing — horse hair, corn husks, food waste, old rags, newspaper, and whatever else a manufacturer could come by were regularly shoved inside."

I wish this would have happened when we had cell phones.

Thanks for the post. Fun.

Destroyed a mattress that was ruined by the dogs and being stored in the garage for several years. Wanted to salvage the boxsprings, but after tearing into it discovered each spring was separate and individually wrapped. Weirdest thing.
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I usually give a warning for the first offense.
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Officer Serta  Wrote: (04-16-2018 10:44 PM)
I usually give a warning for the first offense.

Rofl

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Phoenix092  Wrote: (03-20-2018 07:05 AM)
It's there as a brainwashing mechanism.

hope not the alien vid with empire said thanks for specimens
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Sleep on the floor it is cheaper.
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Oh im not aiming on fiji and egypt
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