Many people suffer from allergies. These can be aggravated by a number of allergens that are found around the home, including dust, pollen and pets. If you or one of your loved ones suffer from allergies, life may seem like a constant battle to keep your home clinically clean and free from allergens.
Making just one simple change to your home could make the world of difference. By changing your flooring, you could reduce allergy symptoms massively. Here we take a look at some of the best and worst offenders when it comes to choosing the right floor for allergies.
Carpets, especially those of the deep pile variety, tend to aggravate allergies the most. This is because they can easily hold allergens such as mould, pollen, mites, pet dander and dirt. Carpet can also retain moisture, which can promote the growth of mildew and mould.
If you want to opt for carpet but suffer from allergies, ensure you opt for a low pile and consider natural materials such as sisal or wool; in addition, make sure you vacuum frequently and invest in hypoallergenic carpet padding.
Not only can hardwood flooring add value to your home but also it is a better option for allergy sufferers. It is very simple to clean and maintain and, unlike carpet, these floors do not trap allergens or provide the environment in which they can grow.
Cork flooring is potentially the best option for allergy sufferers. It is naturally resistant to mildew and mould, as it contains a waxy substance called suberin. This naturally occurring ingredient stops mould, mildew, allergens and bacteria from growing. Although cork is naturally porous, wood floors are finished to ensure they lock out moisture.
Cork also has great insulating properties, meaning it is warm to the touch. It is also easy to clean and environmentally friendly.
While cork is the clear winner for allergy suffers, what is most important is that you keep your floors clean. Even cork and hardwood floors can gather dust and bacteria if left unattended; however, allergens are easier to clean from these floor types than carpet, which allows them to sink in.