new carpet allergy
Many of our customers ask
us about having new carpet installed in their homes and what can be done to
alleviate symptoms related to new carpet. Our first choice is that you
not choose carpet but rather a hard flooring surface like wood, tile or
linoleum. Using area rugs that can be more easily cleaned and replaced can
help "warm" up a room. Unfortunately too many people still "have to
have" carpet in their bedrooms. For those, we offer you this advice.
can be a source of chemical emissions. In addition to the carpet, the
padding and adhesives all emit volatile organic compounds. Some people
report symptoms such as upper respiratory irritations, headaches, fatigue,
skin rashes, shortness of breath and cough which they associate with new
carpet installation. The distinct odor of new carpet is usually attributed
to the chemical 4-phenylcyclohexene (4-PC). This chemical can be detected at
very low levels, but does not result in an unpleasant odor for everyone.
Usually, the odor dissipates within a few days of installation.
tips to alleviate new carpet
with your retailer before installation. Ask for help in selecting
carpet, padding and adhesives that will off gas less and produce fewer
that the carpet installer follow the Carpet and Rug Institute's
installing the carpet, ask the retailer to unroll and air out the carpet
in a well ventilated area.
the sensitive person leave the premises during and immediately after
carpet installation for several days if practical.
Open the windows and doors, and use fans
to increase the amount of fresh air exchange. Use the HVAC system in fan
mode for two or three days after installation to clear the air.
air purifier that has a HEPA and Carbon
filter to remove particulates and harmful emissions resulting from the
new carpet frequently.
HEPA vacuum cleaner.
furnace filters frequently, we
recommend once a month.
helpful products for carpet
Miele Red Star HEPA Canister Vacuum Cleaner
Miele Red Star HEPA vacuum is great for smaller homes with
wall-to-wall medium to thick pile carpeting. It has a power head to
help tackle the cleaning of pet hair. Since it is in the entry
series vacuum to the Miele HEPA Sealed System™ this is a good vacuum
for someone who doesn't want to spend as much money on the luxuries
of the other Miele vacuums, but still wants an excellent vacuum with
an award winning filtration system.
Dyson DC07-Yellow HEPA
Root8Cyclone™ vacuum cleaners have the only quick-draw hose and are
hygienic and easy to empty. The brush control system protects rugs
and delicate floors, and the lifetime HEPA filters mean there are no
bags or filters to buy
$144.99 per case
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Wash according to the directions below. Washing encasings removes any
particulate on the outside of the fabric, and the drying (slight shrinking)
process helps maintain the proper small pore size.
Allersoft pillow encasings should be
removed and washed in hot water every two weeks. Do not use bleach or
fabric softener when washing. Dry on medium heat. Dry completely
Allersoft mattress encasings should be
removed (much more difficult than pillow encasings) and washed at least
twice a year. Wash in hot water, do not use bleach or fabric softener.
Dry on medium heat. Dry completely before installing.
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