vocs in synthetic carpet vs wool carpet

vocs in synthetic carpet vs wool carpet

Synthetic carpets, such as those made from nylon, polyester, or olefin fibers, tend to contain more VOCs than wool carpets. This is because synthetic carpets are often made with petroleum-based materials and may also contain adhesives and other chemicals that can emit VOCs. These compounds can have negative effects on indoor air quality and can potentially lead to health problems.

Carpets can contain VOCs from several sources, including the adhesives used to attach the carpet to the floor, the fibers used in the carpet itself, and the treatments or finishes applied to the carpet. Some of the most common VOCs found in carpets include formaldehyde, benzene, and toluene.

To reduce exposure to VOCs in carpet, it's important to choose low-VOC or VOC-free carpets when possible. Additionally, it's a good idea to make sure the carpet is properly installed and ventilated to help minimize the release of VOCs into the indoor air. Regular vacuuming and cleaning can also help reduce the presence of VOCs in carpet.

Wool carpets, on the other hand, are made from natural fibers and do not typically contain as many VOCs. However, it's important to note that wool carpets can still be treated with chemicals during manufacturing, such as stain-resistant coatings, and moth repellants that may release VOCs.

When choosing a carpet, it's a good idea to look for products that have been certified as low-VOC or VOC-free by independent organizations such as Green Label Plus or GreenGuard. Additionally, wool carpets may be a better option for those looking to reduce exposure to VOCs, as long as they are not treated with chemicals that may contain VOCs. At Go Green Flooring, we have been helping customers for years with high chemical sensitivities and allergies to these chemicals. Based on your needs we can help find the best natural wool carpeting that will meet your needs.  We have wool carpet that is 100% natural, with no dye, no chemical treatments, has an all-natural rubber adhesive (from the rubber tree) in the primary and secondary backing, and the backing is all-natural jute!

Another key part for anyone looking to reduce or eliminate the chemicals being emitted by the carpet in their home is to get good, low-VOC, and VOC-free padding.  Go Green Flooring has a large selection of low and VOC-free pads to pair with any of our carpets.  Call us today, we'd be glad to help you find the best carpet to help reduce the chemicals in your home.