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The Best Allergy-Friendly Flooring Choices

We have all heard the term ‘Allergy Friendly’, but did you know some flooring types can be the biggest source of allergens within your home? In this article we’ll explore what are the healthiest flooring choices for you and your family.

If you or your kids have allergies or asthma, you may be aware that selecting the best type of flooring can have a big impact on the air quality within your home as many allergens can collect and get trapped in the floors.

‘As a general rule, wool carpeting is the worst choice for allergies while synthetic carpet or hardwood flooring are regarded as the best.

Ask most immunologists or allergists and they’ll tell you that for people who suffer from allergies or asthma, carpeting can be bad news. While it may look fantastic and feel nice underfoot, carpet does have its downside. Not only does it harbor dust, pollen and other allergens, carpet also provides a perfect environment for mould and dust mites to grow. This, coupled with the fact that it is notoriously difficult to deep clean and can also emit Volatile Organic Compounds (VOCs) that can trigger asthma and irritate the eyes, nose and throat, it is no wonder that people are seeking more healthy alternatives.

That’s where other flooring types come into their own and from timber to hybrid to laminate, there are myriad of healthy and stylish flooring options today. The key is deciding which ones best suit your look, your lifestyle and your budget. So, whether you’re pulling up that old shag, have sanded that hardwood one too many times, or are finally losing the worn-out laminate, the big question is – what to put underfoot?

Best types of floors for those with allergies or asthma

Laminate, timber, hybrid and vinyl are ideal flooring options for those with asthma or allergies

Laminate, timber, hybrid and vinyl are alternative options that are perfect for those with allergies or asthma as they are easy to sweep and mop, yet don’t attract dust mites or mould. But remember, not all floors are created equal! With some products, it is a case of ‘you get what you pay for’ as cheaper options may cause other unforeseen issues after a period of time, which can be an additional expense to rectify.

However, if you decide to opt for a Laminate or vinyl product, remember to select an option that has low VOCs (Volatile Organic Compounds) and be cognisant of the adhesive used.

Regardless of which flooring surface you use, it’s important to keep the floors clean. Even solid hardwood, which is often the best choice, can result in sneezes or watering eyes if not kept fresh. Thankfully, cleaning is simple and dust that has settled on hardwood is far easier to vacuum or wipe away than dirt that is engrained into a carpet (here are some cleaning tips recommend).

Need help choosing? Contact our friendly staff and we’ll help you find the right flooring product for your needs – whether it’s a renovation or a new build, we’ve got all your flooring needs in one spot.


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Ian Minotti

About Ian Minotti

Ian is a renowned floor covering expert in product knowledge and installation. He is specialized in all types of floor coverings for many years and his knowledge in the industry is exceptional. Feel free to ask Ian any floor covering question you may have.

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