Heavy carpet cleaning chemical exposure in pregnancy
April 5, 2011 8:05 PM Subscribe
Pregnant, first trimester. My office is having all the carpets, chairs, and upholstery cleaned. I was able to verify with the cleaners that they use a perc "dry cleaning" solution, among several other strong industrial chemicals. Should I be concerned in terms of anything teratogenic/dangerous to my embryo?
posted by anonymous to health & fitness (8 answers total) 1 user marked this as a favorite
Being that I am one of many employees, I don't have any leverage to ask for a greener/healthier solution, especially at this stage with the cleaning already scheduled. I also can't find a whole lot online in terms of perc/carpet cleaning solution exposure in pregnancy... what I do find is that it is a class 2A carcinogen.
As a full-time employee, I spend a great deal of time in this office. I also know that I may have some pregnancy paranoia clouding my vision. Some thoughts as to whether this is worth worrying about would be appreciated.
Anonymous due to the pregnancy, which has not been announced yet!