How To Take The Odor
Out Of New Carpeting
If you're like most homeowners, there's bound to come a time when you install new carpet, whether it's part of sprucing up or trying to get the most from your property when it's time to sell.
Regardless of your particular situation, you'll want to be sure you get the most out of your investment. And interestingly enough, you'll also want to make certain your carpet is installed in the safest manner possible.
The public has filed more than 500 complaints with the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission during the past 14 years. These complaints, stemming from new-carpet installation, involve reports of watery eyes, runny nose, burning sensation in the eyes, nose, and throat, headaches, rashes, and fatigue.
The complaints prompted the CPSC to study the chemicals that come from carpet and whether they cause health problems. At this time the studies are ongoing and no conclusions have been reached yet.
However, the Carpet and Rug Institute, the national trade association
that represents manufacturers that produce 94 percent of all carpet produced in
Once your carpet is installed, the Carpet and Rug Institute recommends vacuuming at least twice a week. Remove loose soil while it remains on the surface so it is not worked into the carpet pile by foot traffic.
While the carpet manufacturers say vacuuming is the best method for keeping your carpet client, they also recommend that carpet be dry- or wet-extraction cleaned every 12 to 18 months.
In addition, you'll want to protect your carpet from fading by keeping it out of direct sunlight as much as possible. You should also protect high-traffic areas, perhaps by placing a small rug over the carpet.
Once your new carpet is installed, follow the manufacturers instructions for proper maintenance.