How to Remove New Carpet Odor

ncophoto courtesy of emily flickr.com/photos/emilysnuffer/8387201062/That new carpet smell is not just annoying, it is actually hazardous chemicals that you are breathing into your body.  Here are some options for removing new carpet smell from your home or office.

Fresh Air
You can open windows to let fresh air inside to reduce new carpet smell. Just opening one window will not create the cross ventilation necessary to remove the odor - you must open two opposing windows to create a breeze and let the fresh air come in one window and let the new carpet smell out the other window.  Box fans can intensify the breeze to aid in airing out the room faster.  Make sure to keep the doors to other rooms in your home or office closed so the new carpet smell does not go throughout the house.

If you have not yet installed your new carpet, you can ask your installer to air out the carpet a few days before installing to help the smell dissipate a bit.

Air Conditioner
Consider running your air conditioner or whole house fan to remove the stinky new carpet odor. Depending on your air conditioner, this may distribute the smell to other rooms in your home or office thus making the problem worse.

Clean the Carpet
You can try steam cleaning or vacuuming the new carpet according to the manufacturer's recommendations in order to reduce the new carpet odor.

Potted Plants
Potted plants are a natural air cleaner and may reduce the new carpet odor.  Some of the best house plants for cleaning the air are Golden Pothos, Peace Lily, Rubber Plant, Aloe Vera, and Spider Plant.

Cover the Smell
You can cover the new carpet smell by adding potpourri to the room, adding a cut up onion to the room, or spraying air freshener in the room, but that only covers up the bad air smell and does nothing to remove the air pollutants.

Low VOC Carpet, Carpet Pad, and Glue
The best option is to use low VOC carpet, low VOC carpet padding, and non toxic carpet glue (or tacks instead of glue). VOC stands for Volatile Organic Compounds. Low VOC carpet does not contain as many pollutants thus the smell is greatly reduced and does not contaminate the air inside your home or office nearly as much.  Keep in mind that the carpet fibers may be low VOC, but you also need the carpet backing, the carpet pad, and the carpet installation method to be low VOC to reduce contaminants.  Most carpets with VOCs will stop smelling bad after a few days, but they still release harmful toxins in the air for up to a year after installing.

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