How do I know if a particular carpet is safe for my home?
When selecting carpet, be mindful to look for the Carpet & Rug Institute’s “CRI Green” label or the “CRI Green Label Plus” label. This is normally printed on the carpet label where the quality information is listed. Customers frequently mention concerns about indoor air quality (IAQ) and how a new carpet might affect the home’s IAQ. The Carpet and Rug Institute developed a procedure by which carpets, pads and adhesives are tested for emissions.
A Green Label certification ensures the lowest emitting products on the market, otherwise termed as having “low VOC’s.” Begun in 1992, the Green Label certification was developed with architects and builders in mind to identify those safe and preferred products. But a newer generation of testing recently enhanced that criteria and is now utilizing the Green Label Plus certification.
The emission specifications and procedures for testing are available on the Carpet and Rug Industry website noted below if you would like to investigate further.