New carpets come with that standard "new carpet smell" that many people associate with the pristine newness of carpeting. The odours emitted from new carpets may originate from solvents and chemicals present in latex backings, adhesives and carpet padding. Unfortunately, new carpet smells can sometimes negatively affect people and their health. If you have new carpet installed in your home, take steps to get rid of new carpet fumes if these fumes will bother you or you are concerned about the effect these fumes may have on your health.
- Skill level:
- Moderately Easy
Things you need
- New carpet
- Air purifiers
Consider buying carpet that has been tested and approved as emitting fewer fumes. These carpets carry a label that verifies testing by the "Carpet and Rug Institute's Green Label Program." You can further verify any carpet by finding a certification number--a carpet seller can help direct you to these tested and approved varieties.
Talk to workers at the carpet store to see if they are willing to help you dissipate some of the odours before installing the carpeting. Ask if the carpet can be unrolled for several days to let it air out.
Wait to have new carpet installed until a time when you can open doors and windows.
Keep as many doors and windows open as possible after the new carpet is installed. Run ceiling and portable fans to dissipate the fumes. Run air purifiers to remove the fumes from the air.
Tips and warnings
- Some people may choose to schedule carpet installation for a time when the installation area will not be inhabited for up to one week. After the one-week period, most fumes will have dissipated.
- It may be possible to adhere carpet with staples or tacks instead of glue. Staples or tacks would not introduce fumes into the inside environment as carpet glue does.
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