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Carpets were just cleaned :(

Discussion in 'Hypersensitivity and Intolerance' started by douglasmich, Feb 24, 2016.

  1. douglasmich

    douglasmich

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    The chemical smell is horrific. One tiny sniff and my heart races, i feel sick and feel like im about to die.

    Anything i can do to help? The smell is going to be there for weeks. How will i ever sleep

    I hate MCS
     
  2. ahmo

    ahmo Senior Member

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    You might try spreading bicarb (baking soda) on carpets and vacuuming it up. or, have someone do it for you. Maybe several times. I can't think of anything better for mopping it up. Plus bicarb bath, shower, or footbaths for you, to help eliminate it. So sorry, very bad news.:meh::hug:
     
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    Open all windows. Turn on as many fans as possible. Do the baking soda , from above. better yet, if you can, have a healthy friend do those things for you. If you have to participate, wear a mask, not just the paper surgery mask, but one that takes out fumes, a paint mask? If you do this protocol , at the end of 2days you should be able to move back in. Stay out the first night if possible. And continue to heavily vent from 2 sides Does the carpet cleaning company know? They may help you if you say how sick you really are. :)

    For sleeping, can you close off the room, open all windowa /fans /vents, and do that room first since you need it overnight. If you do this protocol, it won't be "weeks"; it will be 2 - 3 days before all traces are gone. Vent vent vent ... move air, move air, move air: fans all the time. Walk on towels.
    I too dislike MCS.

    Best to you.
     
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    Gingergrrl Senior Member

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    We used catalytic lamp (but with no scented oil smell) to absorb odors as well as opening all the windows to circulate air for a similar but different issue.
     
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    hey @douglasmich I know the feeling, it is utterly horrible when a chemical smell is everywhere! feels like you're being attacked and you have nowhere to hide... I second the soda thing, it absorbs smell. Lighting matches helps sometimes too (the sulfur absorbs smells I think), although I'm not sure if that's a good idea with all the chemical fumes... Open all windows and doors at the same time, see if that helps. Hope you find a solution soon!
     
  6. geraldt52

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    You might consider having the cleaning company come back and do a "rinse only" cleaning of the carpet.

    Also:

    Heat the house up as hot as possible while completely closed, then open completely and use fans to move the air through. Repeat as often as possible.

    Vacuum the carpet as much as possible while doing the heat/ventilate thing above. The agitation helps get the smell out of the fiber.

    If the smell persists, there are companies that can set up ozone generators that can get rid of the smell much more quickly. You have to be careful about how much of this you do, because ozone drastically reduces the life of plastic items. The ozone treatment has no toxic effect once done, but you can't be in the house while it's being done.

    I fully realize all of this is extremely difficult for someone with CFS, but there really is no magic bullet. In the future, there are odorless carpet cleaning solutions available.
     
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  7. CFS_for_19_years

    CFS_for_19_years Hoarder of biscuits

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    When I was bothered by the chemical odor of a neighbor's new carpet, an integrative physician ordered inhaled N-acetyl cysteine for me. It seemed to help. Here's a link describing how it is used:
    http://www.clintwoodpharmacy.com/n-acetyl-cysteine.htm

    An ozone generator may clear the fumes in a day's time, but they are expensive. I don't know what effect the ozone would have on your health either, as asthmatics are sensitive to ozone. These types of machines are popular, and I'd recommend finding out if there is a money-back guarantee:

    http://www.alpineairpurifiersdirect.com/product/new-alpine-fresh-air-purifier-clear

    This particular company won't refund your money if the product has been used.
     
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    OkRadLakPok Senior Member

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    I looked into this, too. they do work but they also change the chemicals in things. So I did not do it. I actually had to move because the carpet was so bad smelling. From the cleaning.
     

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