“Is it really illegal to remove a mattress tag—even in your home home? Don't do it until you read this warning!”
It's become almost an urban legend in recent years, the idea that you cannot remove the tag from a mattress because it violates a law. Is this true? Are police officers really going to storm the retail store and cuff you if you dare touch the mattress tag? No, this is a myth that's been blown out of proportion—and in some cases it's kept alive by mattress stores and manufacturers themselves who will print on tags “It is unlawful to remove this tag.”
And why not? They certainly don't want mischievous teens or toddlers ripping off parts of their merchandise. However, there is no special law involved here. Rather, the tags are there for your protection as a consumer. They are printed and kept intact in order to show you that
A. You are buying a new product that has not been used before. B. What materials are used in the making of the mattress.
Mattress Laws for Your Protection!
The law doesn't really apply to you, but to the retail store itself. They are not allowed to remove the tag until the sale and delivery of a new mattress is finalized. This shows adherence to the law, and emphasizes the original quality of the brand new mattress. The specific law is Title 15, in Commerce and Trade, Chapter 2, Sub Chapter V - Textile Fiber Products Identification, Section 70c. According to this law, the removal of the tag (not to mention other removable parts of the mattress like the stamp and label) is considered official tampering or mutilation of a textile fiber product, and would be violating the rights of the consumer. Any one that were to violate this law (as in retailers) would be guilty of violating the FTC Act of “unfair method of competition” or “deceptive act or practice.”
So legally speaking, the only one authorized to remove a tag on a mattress would be the consumer who bought the bed. That said, it's not considered okay to tear off the tag while touring the store, as this would constitute damaging the product you intend to buy, much like a store owner has the right to charge you for a broken vase.
Of course, if you're going to buy a Sealy or Blu-Tek mattress you have full right to remove the tag. Of course, there are many advocates who advise consumers to keep the tags on. Why? Because they are informational products and do indicate important information regarding the mattress. For more information on financing and mattress selection visit a trusted bedding provider in your area!