Carpet & Upholstery
The compounds potentially in any new carpet purchased can cause a massive array of toxic-load warning symptoms in a being’s body, and of course, this extends to your animals.
Potential symptoms from your carpet:
- Headaches (your cat or dog may be rubbing their head against things / you)
- Coughing at night
- Vomiting ***
- Flu like symptoms
- Allergies (cat and dog, skin and facial area)
- Neuro Issues / Damage
- Developmental issues – thyroid, immune, and brain
All these symptoms are signs of poisoning, overloading the organs, placing the kidney and liver under enormous strain, and damaging them.
or any one of you?
How These Toxins are Absorbed by You, and Your Animal, Even Birds and Reptiles
Through smell and the skin. This is very problematic for all animals and birds. These are carcinogens. Is your animal lying on these products consistently? Toxic.
Chemicals / Compounds, Carcinogens
New carpet outgassing compounds, include the following, to name a few:
- Petroleum by-products
- Synthetics – polypropylene, nylon, acrylic
- Ethyl benzene
- Antistatic sprays
- Artificial dyes
- Antimicrobial treatments
- P-Dichlorobenzene – known carcinogen
- 4-PC – the “new carpet smell” compound; this is the latex backingon most carpets
- Naphthalene, used for moth-proofing (affects young bodies)
- Fire retardants containing PBDE’s
About Older Carpet
The older the carpet, the more toxic. As a lot of chemicals used prior have since been banned. Some are known to contain Volatile Organic Compounds (VOC’s). And have accumulated toxins over time.
Your Purchasing Power Matters. What is Good for You and Your Animals?
The following fibers are amazing in the home. Look good and smell good and are very easy to clean naturally. I know from personal experience.
- Coir (Coconut husk fiber)
- Wood flooring with hemp and seagrass area rugs for comfort and traction for your dog and / or cat
Green Label Plus Certification
Look or ask for this certification so you know you are not contaminating your home with highly toxic chemicals. And please make sure you look at the ingredient list regardless, as some companies will say they are “green” and are not.
Staple Carpet to Floor
The glue is also highly toxic in most cases. It is reported that stapling makes much more sense when it comes to toxic load.
Remove your shoes before entering the home
In Canada and Japan, shoes are removed, they are left at the door. The reason for this is dirt, heavy mucky winters, but also contamination inside the home. What is worn outside, stays outside.
Everything we use in our home we may potentially absorb. When hiring any professional cleaner always ask what they are planning to clean with. Ask for green certifications, so the products they use will not cause cancer in you and your animals! This is a great blog on this website, which explains what to look for and the questions to ask:
Blog: Are Carpet Cleaning Chemicals Safe for You and Your Carpet?
Real-Life Experience | Furniture Cleaning | Dog & Kidneys
I had a client whose dog was constantly coughing at night. We had done everything to help her heal, yet the coughing would come up again. It made no sense, this had to be environmental. Drilling down via my muscles testing, asking the dog’s system, I asked the pet parent about the furniture being cleaned? I was getting through muscle testing that the chemicals on the furniture were hurting the dog’s kidneys. Sure enough, Chem-Dry was being used. I called the company for the ingredient list, as nothing is listed on their products, and this is what they sent me for their Purt II product, the MSDS sheet. This is what it says:
And this product is all over their furniture, and off-gassing in their house. The dog is absorbing it through smell and touch, as she is little and sleeps on the couch.
In addition to the above product, this is Chem-Dry’s MSDS sheet for the spot remover, and the dust mite remover. Both very dangerous for all planet life to be exposed to.
About Carpet Emissions
The air we breathe needs to be clean. Not full of emissions from products which are sitting in our homes off-gassing. Always open your windows, to get new air in. If this is not possible due to where you live, or your windows do not open, please invest in an air purifier. You will be amazed at how different you feel, how many symptoms will disappear as far as grogginess, congestion etc. And your animals? they will be so happy too!
https://www.blueair.com/us/air-purifiers(Can be found in most countries via Amazon)
Clean Mama’s Guide to a Healthy Home: The Simple, Room-by-Room Plan for a Natural Home by Becky Rapinchuk
Natural Solutions for Cleaning & Wellness: Health Remedies and Green Cleaning Solutions Without Toxins or Chemicals by Halle Cottis
Websites and Links
Shuai, J., Kim, S., Ryu, H., Park, J., Lee, C. K., Kim, G. B., Ultra, V. U., Jr, & Yang, W. (2018). Health risk assessment of volatile organic compounds exposure near Daegu dyeing industrial complex in South Korea. BMC public health, 18(1), 528.
Great article about toxicity: