Carpets and rugs
When discussing the idea of a “healthy home”, rugs and carpets are important items to discuss. Primarily, they act as a sponge which accumulates a variety of things such as the numerous chemicals found in household dust.
Carpets on the modern market can also contain unwanted chemicals such as flame retardants or formaldehyde. In order to prevent an infestation of fungi and mites, carpets may already contain fabric pesticides.
All of these chemicals can be found in the glues and adhesives used specifically for floors and carpets.
The National Institute of Safety and Health at Work mentions in its Prevention Factsheet 521 some chemicals which can be emitted from carpets: 4-phenylcyclohexene, formaldehyde, 4-vinylcyclohexene, amines, furans, pyridines, dimethyl disulphate, toluene, benzene, styrene, n-decane. The following chemicals may be emitted from carpet adhesives: m-xylene, ethylbenzene, o-xylene, toluene, methyl acetate, 2-chlorine-1, 3-butadiene, 1,2,4-trimethylbenzene, 1-methyl-4, 1-methylethylbenzene, methyl methacrylate, 4-methyl-2-pentanone.