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A distinctive smell is often associated with new carpeting, as many homeowners have discovered. Good news: you don’t have to put up with bad carpet smells and wait for them to disappear. These tips will help you remove new carpet odours and prevent them from recurring.
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Here you will learn how to get rid of the new carpet smell (or reduce it as much as possible) and why your carpet stink in the first place.
“This way, you know it’s new”, they say. But… if the carpet is new, then why does it smell like feet?
As an industrially processed product, the carpet is manufactured using multiple chemical ingredients. That new carpet odour is caused by volatile organic compounds (VOC), and the process of these compounds being released into the air is called carpet off-gassing.
If your rug is not brand new and started to smell bad right after you’ve cleaned it, check our post on what to do if you are experiencing a smelly carpet after cleaning.
Almost any brand-new carpet does give off some VOC fumes that leave a musty carpet scent, especially the ones made from synthetic fibres.
New woollen carpets will also come with a weak wool smell which can get stronger if the material is wet or damp.
Offgassing is at its peak in the first 24-48 hours after the carpet has been installed. Depending on the room temperature, the process could take from 4 or 5 days to up to a few weeks. The higher the temperature, the quicker the off-gassing will fade.
Keep in mind that off-gassing occurs through the entire life of a carpet, but you shouldn’t worry because you won’t be able to tell the difference after the initial “peak” period is over.
You can achieve this using heat. To speed up the off-gassing, turn the heat up in the room where the new carpet is installed and just leave the area. Come back later only to open and close all doors and windows and air out the space for a few minutes. Doing the above 2-3 times per day should be sufficient to speed up the off-gassing process.
As previously discussed in the blog post, the unpleasant odour will gradually fade away with time, but for the most impatient of you, here are some tips on how to get rid of new carpet fumes (almost) naturally and freshen the room:
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The usage of detergents on new carpets is not advisable. Detergents tend to leave a soapy residue which can damage the fibres of your freshly bought item.
An ionizer produces ozone as a byproduct, and studies show that ozone reacts with VOCs released by the carpet. In other words, using an ionizer will make things worse.
If you’re passionate about DIY and you want to clean your rug by yourself, read our helpful post on the topic. It’ll walk you through how to clean a carpet without a machine and prolong the life of the fibres.
Eliminating new carpet odour can be a bit time-consuming. Planning your actions beforehand, however, will help you resolve the issue in a timely manner.
If the carpet is yet to be installed, consider the following:
In case you are still being bothered by some nasty odour coming from your new carpet, why don’t you let the professional carpet cleaners from Fantastic Services eliminate it for you? The skilled and reliable specialists will clean your carpet on-site and leave your home with a fresh scent and a sparkling floor.
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