Like most industries, there have been many technological advancements and enhancements in carpet manufacturing. Today, you can purchase carpets that include stain-resistant technology, colorful dyes and antimicrobial elements that weren’t available decades ago.

For the most part, these advancements are to the benefits of homeowners and businesses interested in installing carpet in their home or commercial property. However, some of these advancements are the results of chemicals and volatile organic compounds (VOCs) that can be harmful to the health of a home or business.

VOCs are chemicals used during the carpet manufacturing process that help preserve the carpet during storage and transportation prior to installation in a home. Formaldehyde is a common type of VOC for preserving the quality of carpet.

The stain- and water-resistant technologies and layers on synthetic carpets like nylon carpet also contain VOCs and harsh chemicals.

VOCs are a concern because there are potential health effects from constant exposure to VOCs. Here are some symptoms associated with VOCs in the air.


– Eye Irritation

– Dizziness

– Shortness of breath

– Visual impairment

– Headaches

– Memory impairment

– Liver damage

The issues would not be as much of a concern were VOCs a short-term problem of new carpet. The problem is, VOCs will last for several months or years after carpet is installed if they are not removed from the carpet fibers.

The VOCs are the most potent during the initial 48-72 hours after the carpet is installed. The VOCs will dissipate after that time, but they will remain permanently until removed. You can reduce the potency of the VOCs after the initial installation with a HEPA air filter and open windowns in your home. You should also run floor fans and ceiling fans during this time. The same is true after immediately painting a room in your home as interior paint contains many of the same VOCs as new carpet.


To remove VOCs from carpet you should vacuum regularly. Routine vacuuming will help to extract some of the VOCs from new carpet, however, it will not remove all of them.

To permanently remove the VOCs from new carpet, you need to hire a professional carpet cleaning service in Tampa, FL with powerful suction and extraction equipment.

Champion Chem-Dry offers green carpet cleaning services featuring powerful equipment able to extract dirt, bacteria and volatile organic compounds from deep within the carpet fibers and the pad underneath.

We don’t use any chemicals in our service. Our proprietary cleaning solution, The Natural®, is green-certified, so there is no risk of introducing new chemicals or VOCs into your home with an appointment from Champion Chem-Dry.

To schedule an appointment with Champion Chem-Dry, call (813) 969-0000 or use our online form. Learn more about our services on our homepage.