Is Your Rug Making You Sick?
Some floor coverings trap allergens and give off harmful fumes. Make sure yours are healthy with this quick guide to rugs and carpet.
Get Some Air
If you do end up with a floor covering that reeks, there is no need to panic. Most carpet gets rid of VOCs within several weeks, says Richard Shaughnessy, PhD, director of the Indoor Air Program at the University of Tulsa. (Just make sure that the adhesives used to install wall-to-wall carpet are no- or low-VOC.)
To help, crack open a window to let in some fresh air. If you have a new area rug, store it in the garage or basement until the odor is gone.
• Polka dot rug from Pottery Barn.