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Safer Carpet Installation

Safer Carpet Installation

Most indoor air pollution experts agree that carpet should be avoided whenever feasible. The reason for this is that carpet is made up of some 120 different chemicals, many of which can cause health problems, and that once installed, carpet can collect dust and even lead (tracked in from shoes), and grow mold and dust mites. That being said, there are ways to reduce your exposure to the chemicals of the carpet and it’s installation.

  • Choose natural fibers that haven’t been chemically treated. If you choose wool, make sure the wool is organic and hasn’t been given a moth treatment.
  • If you buy a synthetic carpet, consider having it tested first by Anderson Labs. At the very least, make sure that the carpet holds the controversial “Green Tag” seal from the Carpet and Rug Institute (CRI). Although this seal will not guarantee that the carpet is non-toxic, it will assure the carpet’s volatile organic chemicals (PVCs) are within
    what the CRI considers an acceptable range.
  • Tacking carpets down is safer than gluing.
  • Avoid carpeting with PVC or styrene-butadiene rubber backing, and rubber carpet pads.
  • Camel hair and wool needled (not glued) carpet pads are far safer and hold up very well.
  • Finally, do the job in the summer when the house can be aired out, and ask the carpet installer to air the carpet out in the warehouse for three days at least—the longer the better—before putting it in the house.

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1:02AM PDT on May 29, 2013

The content on your web site never confuses me. Keep it up!!

3:16PM PDT on Mar 26, 2013

Stitched wool rugs with a felt under pad is the way to go.

12:16PM PST on Feb 24, 2013

I am in need of new carpeting and will buy wool, but I did not know the surrounding items which you say are good when getting wool--like airing it out and being sure it hasn't recieved a moth treatment, and the timing of getting it installed.

1:34AM PST on Feb 24, 2013

Thanks for sharing

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9:10AM PST on Nov 17, 2012

good to know

9:57PM PDT on Oct 25, 2012

Thanks for the information.

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2:19AM PDT on Sep 18, 2011

Thank you

6:33PM PDT on Sep 14, 2011

Good information. Thanks.

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