Stow CarpetAs many homeowners have discovered, new carpeting often has a distinctive, unpleasant smell. This can, in some cases, be made even worse by certain adhesives used to glue the carpet to the floor. Thankfully, you do not have to simply put up with the bad smells, hoping they go away sometime soon. Below are some tips from the experts at Floor Coverings International for getting rid of unwanted new carpet smells as well as some advice on how to avoid having to deal with these smells in the first place.

Air out the Room

Airing out the room is the single most effective way to get rid of unwanted smells. Open all the windows and doors and turn on the air conditioning or the heater to circulate the air. If you are concerned about running up your energy bill, use fans instead of your HVAC unit.

Use Baking Soda

Baking soda is a natural compound that is very effective in getting rid of unwanted smells. Sprinkle some on your new carpet, allow it to sit for a day or two, and then vacuum it up. If you still notice unwanted smells, repeat the process a second time.

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The new carpet smell that so often irritates homeowners is typically caused by chemical compounds used by carpet manufacturing companies. Vacuuming can help you get rid of these chemical compounds, loose fuzz, and dust particles. Vacuum your new carpet at least once every other day even if it doesn’t look dirty to get rid of unwanted smells faster than would have otherwise been possible.

Don’t Try to “Replace” the Smell

Don’t use a detergent to get rid of your “new carpet” smell. Detergents often leave unwanted residue on the new carpet; what’s more, the new smell will not necessarily be much better than the original one.

How to Avoid the Smell Problem

One good way to avoid new carpet smell problems is to buy a carpet that has a “Low VOC” label. VOCs – or volatile organic compounds – not only have a strong smell but can also cause health problems if you have allergies. We’ll help you select a carpet that has low levels of VOCs to help prevent this problem!

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Don’t worry if you have a new carpet installed but then discover that it has a strong smell. In most cases, the smell will disappear in a few days if you air out the room as much as possible, vacuum regularly, and use baking soda if need be. While the “new carpet” smell may be unpleasant, it is a small price to pay for comfortable, durable flooring that looks beautiful and lasts for many years. Schedule your free in-home design consultation with the experts at Floor Coverings International today to learn more about your many different carpet options!

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