How Toxic is New Carpeting

Did you know that indoor air was found to be two to five times more polluted than that of outdoor air? There are several factors inside your home that can assist in this drastic statistic published by the EPA, and these factors can include furniture, cleaning supplies, and even flooring inside your home. These items are constructed and manufactured using harmful chemicals such as VOCs that are emitted from these items in a process called off gassing.

Volatile Organic Compounds (VOCs) are chemical compounds that come in the form of liquid or solid form and when introduced to room temperature turns into a gaseous compound. There are a variety of different VOCs that are used and manufactured in consumer products. Carpeting is among one of the items in a home that can produce an exuberant amount of chemicals and VOCs into the home.

Toxic Chemicals Found in Carpeting

In a report conducted by the Healthy Building Network (HBN), there were close to 44 toxic substances found in ordinary broadloom carpets and carpet tiles. The toxic chemicals found in carpeting includes stain repellent treatments, antimicrobial preservatives, flame retardants, and PVCs. Environmental experts say that these different forms of chemicals are all known to adversely affect the health of those exposed. Symptoms that can be triggered from the chemicals in carpeting will include respiratory disease, heart attacks, asthma, and other developmental problems.

Other minor health symptoms that an individual may experience from exposure to toxic chemicals found in carpeting includes the following:

Eye, nose, and throat irritation

Headaches, loss of coordination and nausea

Allergic skin reaction



Toxic Carpet Syndrome

When carpeting is installed into a home or office building it can inflict adverse health effects to those who are exposed to the carpeting. Carpeting and the chemicals that they contain can affect individuals in many different ways depending on the individual’s health or susceptibility. For example, those with asthma and allergies can experience significant health effects after exposure to carpet toxins, as well as children who are exposed to this toxic carpeting – because children breathe in more air than adults.

How Can You Reduce Possible Exposure to Toxic Carpet Chemicals?

When it comes to limiting the risk of exposure to toxic chemicals found in carpets, there are some obvious methods you can implement and some maybe not so obvious, yet extremely effective methods to eliminate the chemicals. A more obvious way to avoid toxic carpet chemicals is to install flooring other than carpeting into your home – a better selection is wood or natural linoleum floors. Also, try to select natural carpets and carpet padding when selecting a carpet to install inside your home.

If, however, you select a carpet that does produce and off gasses a chemical and chemical odor into the environment, then there are methods to implement to reduce this chemical intrusion in your home. Opening windows and added airflow into the environment will help to flush out the chemicals from the carpeting and improve the quality of the air in the home. Also, to increase the air quality and air flow inside this space, an air purifier can be used to clean the air of toxic chemicals from carpeting. The EnviroKlenz Air Purifier is an effective air purifier that is able to mitigate harmful chemicals and chemical odors from the air in an effort to improve the indoor air quality.

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EnviroKlenz Mobile Air System
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