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post #1 of 11 Old 12-09-2019, 01:08 PM Thread Starter
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I made a mistake

Well,,, kind of. We installed new carpet in the house we just bought. The smell from the carpet is giving me headaches. I'm told it can take weeks for the smell to go away. It's the glue on the backing. My advice to anyone who's interested:Have carpet installed in the spring or fall so that you can leave your windows open. We're airing out the house from time to time but it's been in the 30's at night so that's limited. The headaches are bad enough I have to lay down in the dark with the window open freezing. If you're getting new carpet just do it when you can leave the windows open 24/7. My wife also bought two rugs. One came from a store where it was hanging on a rack for who knows how long. That one's fine but the other one stinks so bad it's out on the deck airing out. It came from Lowes and was wrapped in plastic all sealed up. It's going to spend some time on the porch! I can even smell it when I go out on the deck. Thought somebody might learn from my "mistake". This sucks!

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post #2 of 11 Old 12-09-2019, 04:03 PM
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Hey Toney,

That sucks! Have you tried turning on your furnace fan, on low if possible, and recirculating/introducing some fresh air into the house that way? It's going to cost some extra in heating costs but it might speed up the process. Food for thought. Also, maybe look at purchasing a HEPA filter for your bedroom and leave that running 24/7. They are expensive unfortunately.

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WOW! That would really suck. Sorry Toney.

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post #4 of 11 Old 12-09-2019, 08:53 PM Thread Starter
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Hey Toney,

That sucks! Have you tried turning on your furnace fan, on low if possible, and recirculating/introducing some fresh air into the house that way? It's going to cost some extra in heating costs but it might speed up the process. Food for thought. Also, maybe look at purchasing a HEPA filter for your bedroom and leave that running 24/7. They are expensive unfortunately.

Duane

I closed off the two rooms upstairs that have the new carpet but it still is on the steps leading up there. The wall to wall carpet isn't smelling that bad anymore, it's the rug that was killing me. The wife decided to take it back to Lowes and she brought home another one from a store that hangs them up on display. It doesn't stink so the worst may be over with. I never dreamed it would be a problem but it was. Can't wait for the electric bill. We heated a bunch of North Carolina.

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post #5 of 11 Old 12-09-2019, 09:16 PM
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Can you please send some of that heat up to Calgary?
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post #6 of 11 Old 12-10-2019, 09:08 AM
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Its not a fashion show. But, years ago, I ordered a WW1 gas mask from (sportsmans guide), It was great for sand blasting, as I had to get metal removed 2 times from eye. Sand blast hood is/was $80. One day I was welding galvanized steel,, and gave it a try, it worked great,, never smelt anything at all. It was $15-$20, plus shipping.
If it can help with mustard gas, it should work with glue smell.
Get the one with a straw, so you can sip through it without removing it.
Also talk to a carpet cleaner, a friend of mine has a machine that will take the smell out of everything.
Bad headaches suck.
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post #7 of 11 Old 12-10-2019, 09:39 AM
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Try Fabreeze? Have used it for musty carpet smell. Helped make it tolerable.

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Friend of mine has problems with the off gassing of things like carpet. The country’s where most of our products are made likely have no regulations for the stuff they use to make the stuff we buy. Imagine the guy in the factory making these products with no regard to his health. My friend is currently struggling with finding a mattress to sleep on that won’t give him headaches every morning. I think he’s on his third one now. Chemicals in the foam is what he thinks is doing it.

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post #9 of 11 Old 12-13-2019, 06:20 PM
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Pickup a carbon activated filters to go in the furnace, then turn up the heat and leave the furnace fan on run all the time if you have that option, the heat will cause the outgassing to accelerate and the activated carbon filters will capture and trap the odor, by leaving the fan going it will continue to pull the air through the filter regardless of rather the furnace is running or not continuing to pull of the odor out of the air.

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post #10 of 11 Old 12-23-2019, 08:16 PM
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Those carbon furnace filters work fairly well. And like Kent said leave the fan on run, it’ll keep the air circulating through the carbon filters.
You can also buy quart plastic bottles of carbon also known as charcoal and place them in the closed rooms. You can reactivate the carbon in a low oven if need be, the instructions are usually on the jars.
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