What to Do If the New Carpet Smell Is Making You Sick

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Leave the Home

  • People sensitive to environmental substances and chemicals should leave the house for a few days after having new carpet installed, according to North Carolina State University.

Ventilate Your Home

  • Use fans, and open windows and doors to air out the house. Do this for at least the first two days following installation. Proper ventilation solves this short-term issue, according to The Carpet and Rug Institute.

Bottom Line

  • Ventilate the home well following the installation of new carpet, which emits low levels of chemicals for a short time following installation. Plan for sensitive people to leave the home for a few days following installation, if possible. In the future, choose low-emission carpet and unroll the carpet outside of the home before the installation to air it out and remove odors.

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