I am looking for carpet and pad that is as "safe" as possible.

Asked by celia evans
Seattle, WA

Immune system in a small child aggravated and needs safe flooring/carpet. House has concrete heated floors, child is recovering from neuro injury and needs to relearn many things safely. Would like to be as cost effective as possible.


Answered by Jeff Huling

Sebastopol, CA

Safe Shelters

April 24, 2013

While carpets are comfortable and soft, most are made of synthetic fibers and can out-gas a lot of harmful chemicals. There are certainly better and worse options.

  • For example, wool would be a relatively healthy choice.
  • But, all carpets have the same problem in that they accumulate dust, so constant maintenance is necessary.

If you are not attached to installing a carpet, I would suggest considering a cork or rubber floor, which is relatively soft and probably much safer in terms of air quality.


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Read "I want low VOC carpet to replace my old carpeting. What are the best -- and least toxic -- conventional choices?" a Q&A answered by William Janhonen.

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