You care about your little ones; you want them to grow up safely, away from unhealthy substances. You want to nourish their rapid development, and you know that toxins affect them much more than they affect us.
The safest area rugs are those made with natural materials such as wool or cotton and made by hand rather than machine. Hand-woven rugs without latex backing are best.
In this article, we will talk about safe, non-toxic area rugs for your baby; area rugs that will not off-gas nasty chemicals into the air where your child can breathe them in. You will learn:
- What makes an area rug toxic
- If you need a certified organic rug
- What to look for and what to avoid when shopping
- Our recommended rugs
What Makes an Area Rug Toxic?
The most toxic rugs are those made with synthetic materials.
- Synthetic area rugs are made of nylon, PET or polypropylene which off-gas volatile organic compounds (VOC's) into the air.
- Rugs are backed with chemicals such as PVC, Styrene, and 4-phenylcyclohexane. These compounds give your rug the "new carpet smell."
- Carpet adhesives often contain benzene.
- Rugs are often treated with flame retardants, moth and stain repellents, and synthetic dyes.
You don't want your babies to be exposed to these sorts of chemicals, especially when their bodies are so little and still developing!
What is the alternative?
I am happy to say; there are alternatives! You can have a beautiful rug that doesn't keep you up at night with worry. Follow the recommendations in this article, and you will be well on your way to finding a non-toxic alternative.
Organic Nursery Rugs
Organic rugs are excellent because they take your health into consideration, as well as the health of the planet; unfortunately, organic rugs are hard to find - update, I found some.
I will tell you; you do not need to buy a "certified organic" rug to keep your baby safe. As long as you avoid synthetics and stick to natural rug materials that are woven by hand, you are on the right track.
Keep reading to learn what to look for in your hunt for a non-toxic rug.
Our favorite rugs for the nursery are Kilim-style handwoven cotton or wool rugs from Safavieh OR Flat-Weave Rugs from ECarpetGallery.
What to Look For and What to Avoid
Look for rugs that are hand-knotted. Skilled artisans create hand-knotted rugs using traditional methods that have been passed down for centuries. Flat-weave (also called Kilim) is another hand-woven method.
Avoid hand-tufted or machine made rugs. These rugs have a plastic or latex backing that will off-gas VOC's. Avoid synthetic rug fibers.
The best natural materials are cotton and wool.
- Wool is soft, resilient and durable. Wool rugs take dye beautifully, repel water and stains, and will last generations with proper care.
- Cotton rugs are not as stain-resistant as wool, but they are easy to clean. They are extremely comfortable and add softness and warmth to a room. Cotton is easy to dye, making cotton rugs come in a variety of colors and patterns.
- Machine made
- Polyester, Viscose or Polypropylene
I know that finding an organic or natural area rug for your baby is important to you and I hope that this article was helpful. Please let me know if you have any questions, leave them in the comments and I will answer you as best I can!