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Casa Quickie: Avoid Carpet Burn

This type of carpet burn, though, is the type that can scorch your indoor air quality. If you're getting new carpeting installed in your home, you want to watch out for nasty VOCs, which can make the indoor air quality in your home positively dismal, and contribute to asthma, lung irritation, and even long-term breathing and health complications.

So, if you're going to install carpet, minimize VOCs by buying carpets that have a Green Label. This label ensures that the carpet has been tested and shown to have lower levels of VOCs by the Carpet and Rug Institute's indoor air-quality carpet testing and labeling program. To further minimize your exposure to VOCs, make sure to air the house out for 48 to 72 hours following installation.

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ella1978 ella1978 8 years
OH, ps, if they are using any type of a carpet adhesive, these can have incredibly high amounts of VOC as well. Make sure you know the installation process if you are trying to go totally green.
ella1978 ella1978 8 years
It's not just the carpet, but the padding that can contain VOCs. If you want to be completely VOC free, make sure that the carpet is Green Label Plus, and the padding is Green Label. It also helps to use fans, or some other type of air pressure to push the fumes that do exist out side. Luckily most manufacturers are offering low VOC products at comprable costs to normal items, and just about every manufacturer should have a few Green lines.
la-dee-da-dee la-dee-da-dee 8 years
this is really good info to know. I was thinking of installing carpet in a room last year and didn't hear one thing about VOC's throughout the whole process, I never did install the carpet but at least now I have the info for when i do! Thanks Casa!
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