Do Carpet Pads Have Off-Gassing?

Did you know that indoor air is more polluted and toxic than outdoor air? Well, this is due to partly to off-gassing chemicals from the furniture and accessories inside our home. The evaporation of chemicals from a thing or material is called off-gassing. Off-gassing materials produce volatile organic compounds (VOCs) and small particulate elements throughout the lifespan of the material.

Do Carpet Pads Have Off-Gassing?

Carpets and carpet pads alike emit VOCs for five years or more, although the off-gassing will greatly decrease for a number of months after it is installed. As what experts suggest, carpets and carpet pads should be well ventilated for 72 hours at least after installation. This may be done by opening the windows or turning on the fans so air will go directly outside. Continue using the fans during the installation and a number of weeks thereafter. Another way to prevent off-gassing is by asking your carpet or padding installer to do vacuuming using a HEPA filter vac and having the carpet cleaned through extracting hot water, which can take away a good portion of VOCs.

It is also advised to opt for rugs or carpet pads made from natural fibers since machine-made pads have synthetic petroleum-based fibers that tend to off-gas huge level of VOCs. Natural fiber rug or carpet padding came from renewable resources that only emit low level of VOCs. You can opt for the following fibers: organic cotton, sisal, jute, seagrass, coir, or untreated and minimally treated wools.

Considering the harmful effects of off-gassing to our health, we should give utmost attention to how we can prevent it from affecting us and our family. So if you really care for your health, make sure to go for carpet pads that don’t emit VOCs.

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