How to Get Rid of That New Carpet Smell

December 14, 2018

In the days immediately following your new carpet installation in El Paso, TX, you might notice an odd odor emitting from the carpet. Although this might cause you some concern, your local carpet installation team is here to reassure you about the commonness of this occurrence, as well as give you a few tips on how you can try to speed up the process to rid your carpets of the smell as quickly as possible.

What causes the new carpet smell?

When carpets are manufactured, different chemical ingredients are used during the process. Some of these chemicals can release volatile organic compounds (VOCs) into the air in a process referred to as off-gassing. Carpet adhesives that are used to glue the carpet to the floor also release VOCs. Although the VOCs emitted from the carpet are relatively low and generally don’t cause homeowners any harm, those with existing respiratory conditions could potentially see an increase in symptoms for the first 24 to 48 hours after the carpet has been laid. The off-gassing process typically doesn’t last more than a few weeks at the most.

Tips to help remove the smell

If you are looking to speed up the off-gassing process to rid your home of the smell more quickly, there are a few steps that can be taken. You can help to lower the amount of VOCs emitted in the first place by ensuring that your carpet is laid with nails instead of glue. Ventilation is also key, so make sure to open the windows and doors so that enough fresh air can circulate through the space. Placing extra fans in the area to speed up the process can also be helpful. Cranking up the heat the day after the installation can be particularly effective, as warm air can help to burn off the VOCs quicker.

You could also try adding baking soda to the new carpet and letting it sit overnight. Vacuum the baking soda up the next day, and continue to vacuum the carpet every other day until the smell begins to dissipate. Leaving a bowl of cut onion and apple halves on the new carpet can help absorb the odor as well. Large potted plants can also help to improve the odor, as the scent of the plant mixed with the fresh air from a cracked window will work wonders.

These methods should work effectively to rid your installation of the new carpet smell, but if the odor lingers for a month or longer, make sure you give us a call at Steam Wizard. While the off-gassing process is safe and natural, it shouldn’t go on for so long that it begins to cause problems for those in the home. Our experienced staff knows what to look for in these situations, and we are ready to help you with your new carpet installation in El Paso TX if you are having deeper underlying issues. Contact us today so we can take all the steps necessary to make sure your carpet will last for many years to come.

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