What Are the Dangers of New Carpet?

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What Are the Dangers of New Carpet?
New carpet can pose health dangers from chemicals it contains. (woollen carpet texture image by Tolbxela from Fotolia.com)

The smell of new paint and carpet can make a room or a home smell like a brand new structure. Before savouring the smell, a person should be aware that new carpet can pose dangers to one's health. (See Clean Sweep)

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New Carpet Smell

That new carpet smell is caused by the volatile organic compounds, or VOCs, found within the carpet and the adhesive used to install it. New carpet emits VOCs into the air for days after it is installed, according to "Clean Sweep: The Ultimate Guide to Decluttering, Detoxing, and Destressing." (See Clean Sweep)

Health Problems

New carpet can cause health problems including allergic reactions, headaches and nausea. There is also the danger of experiencing irritation to the ears, nose or throat, according to the United State Environmental Protection Agency.

(See EPA)

Treatment

Antihistamines can stop the symptoms of an allergic reaction. The best way to stop other reactions to chemical in new carpet is to avoid coming in close contact with them. (See EPA)

Prevention/Solution

To avoid the dangers of new carpet, ask the installer to unroll the carpet before installing it and leave it outside for a while. After it is installed, ventilate the area well and keep children away from it for a few days. (See Clean Sweep)

Considerations

Redoing a room as a nursery for a new baby is a common reason to install new carpet. To avoid exposing an infant to VOCs, be sure to do the installation months before the baby will be moving into the room, according to Palo Alto Medical Foundation. (See Palo Alto)

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