Q&A: Why does my new carpet smell so bad?

May 10, 2013 by
Filed under: Area Rugs For Home 

Question by Jema: Why does my new carpet smell so bad?
I bought a 9×12 area rug at home depot about two weeks ago. When I unrolled it, the carpet gave off a pungent smell that is very much like the brine that olives soak in. After two weeks of being unrolled and in place in my bedroom, the smell is still so pungent that it has permeated my clothes. Does anyone know what this smell is and how I can get rid of it?

Thanks in advance.

Best answer:

Answer by David B
It may be the smell from dyes in the fibers. You should go back to HD and check others to see if they smell. Maybe they will swap it out if they don’t.

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4 Comments on Q&A: Why does my new carpet smell so bad?

  1. FL Girl on Fri, 10th May 2013 5:55 am

    I don’t know what the smell is, but I would ask Home Depot about it. They can get in touch with the manufacturer, or they can tell you how to do that.

    Ask Home Depot if all the carpets smell that way. If you really can’t stand it, I would take it back and get a refund.

  2. whynotask? on Fri, 10th May 2013 6:18 am

    Carpets are filled with chemicals and are one of the worst sources for dangerous indoor air pollution. Some include the fiber bonding material, dyes, backing glues, fire retardants, latex binder, fungicides, and anti static and stain resistant treatments. A list of the toxic chemicals include: formaldehyde, toluene, xylene, the potent carcinogen benzene. They say this “outgassing” can last 3 years. Shaklee has an incredible air filter that combats a variety of issues including this smell and dust dander particulates and more. We love it.

  3. John D on Fri, 10th May 2013 6:43 am

    I have no idea what the smell could be but, a cheap and effective remedy is good ole baking soda. Sprinkle a couple boxes liberally all over the rug, work it into the fibers with a broom or stiff brush. Let it sit for a few hours then vacuum thoroughly. Good luck.

  4. A B on Fri, 10th May 2013 6:54 am

    yea, this sounds like the typical problem that hand tufted rugs have. we had one of those bugards, and it just wouldn’t quit reaking. It was bad when it was new. stopped for a little while, then the latex backing was breaking apart and deteriorating.

    there’s not much you can do about it. do you still have the receipt? best of luck. the resource below is the best. helped us out with everything rug related

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