My wife is pregnant. We just had new carpet installed in the soon to be baby's room. We didn't realize until after it was installed that the "new carpet smell" is actually a bad thing. From what I've read online, new carpet gives off harmful fumes, which contain VOCs, for months.
What can I do to expedite the process of removing these harmful VOCs and air out the carpet?
While it's been several years since the original post, there are now some air purifying paints on the market that might be useful for people to know about to help combat offgassing from rugs, furniture, etc. I have used ECOS Paints Interior Atmosphere Purifying Paint for my walls and ceilings (not for humid location application). It claims to absorb 98% to 99% of VOCs down to 1 ppm. MSDS available on the ECOS Paints website. There are also plug in HEPA air purifiers, of course, but we loved the idea that our paint (of all things) could help improve air quality.
It will take some time for the VOC's to off-gas. Ventilation is one of the best things you can do. So, open the windows to allow the outside air to mix in even if cold outside.
Another option is to put an air purifier with a lot of activated carbon to absorb the VOC gases. It will likely take weeks to months for the VOC level to go down and if you can't properly ventilate the carbon will help a lot.
I got a mens roll on deodorant (old spices) , remember not the aerosol one.
I remove the gelly substance and immersed in a plastic container filled with hot water and poured the liquid in the electric Steam Iron and turn on steam and Ironed every corner like I press my cloths slowly so that heat is penetrated and kept windows and ventilations on so that I do not breath the VOC's.
Then vacuumed and thrower some agarbatti around room so I am occupied with smell I appreciate(Incense sticks).
The weather is cold outside but its better than suffocating smell.
Let me know if you find any other ways.
I feel best is to ventilate and make the poisonous VOC's diluted and cause much less harm.