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 itís installation.

  • Choose natural fibers that havenít been chemically treated. If you choose wool, make sure the wool is organic and hasnít 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 ďGreen TagĒ 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 leastóthe longer the betteróbefore putting it in the house.


Mickey J.
Past Member 4 years ago

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

Kath P.
Kath P4 years ago

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

Jane H.
Jane H5 years ago

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.

Danuta Watola
Danuta W5 years ago

Thanks for sharing

Don Schwarz
Don Schwarz5 years ago


J.L. A.
JL A5 years ago

good to know

Penny B.
.5 years ago

Thanks for the information.

Ajla C.
Past Member 5 years ago


Michele Wilkinson

Thank you

Carole R.
Carole R6 years ago

Good information. Thanks.