I am latex allergic. Is it safe for me to remove old carpet that has a padding under it?

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I am latex allergic. Is it safe for me to remove old carpet that has a padding under it?

Asked by Pam Yates

This is indoors, in basement rec/laundry, probably put down within 20 years but more than 10, looks like waffle type. The pad has somewhat crumbled and leaves dust, etc.

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Sean Lintow Sr's picture

Only if you are properly protected. While most foam style padding I have seen does not contain latex, some did have a coating applied to them.

Some carpet backings have also been known to utilize latex so I would either leave it to someone else or as I said protect yourself.

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