Allergy-Friendly Flooring

Don't let allergies get in the way of choosing a new floor

Carpet vs. Hardwood Allergies

If you have allergies, you probably avoid going outside quite a bit. Pollen can cause a lot of issues, and they can make it hard to breathe properly without sneezing and coughing. Allergy medicine does help reduce the symptoms, but it does not take them away completely in many cases. Additionally, you should also consider the way that allergies can affect you even inside your own home. Many people do not know this, but you should consider indoor allergies when you are thinking about changing your flooring. If you choose the best floors for your allergies, you can actually alleviate many of your symptoms in this way.

Anti-Allergy Flooring

For example, if you are choosing between hardwood floors and carpet, you should probably choose hardwood if you struggle with allergies. The simple reason for this is that carpets are much better at holding onto allergens that cause and aggravate your symptoms when compared to hardwood floors.

Best Carpet for Allergy Sufferers. 

If you have carpets, it is actually somewhat possible that dust mites can form habitats in your flooring. This can actually lead to allergic reactions in many individuals. There are additional allergens that will end up making a home in carpets as well, such as dust, pollen, mold, and animal dander. Whatever aggravates the allergies of the people in your house, it is much more likely that they will aggravate these people if you have carpet versus hardwood floors. Nonetheless, traditional carpets can be the cause of allergies. Carpet brands such as Lees and Tigressa provide tightly woven fibers to keep allergens out of carpets. 

Best Floors for Allergies

You do need to remember that if you have hardwood floors, you will need to sweep them on a daily basis. Hardwood floors are not automatically immune to all of the problems previously described. Dust, pet dander, and other allergens can build up on hardwood floors too. It is just that most of the time, it is easier to clean hardwood floors and remove these allergens from hardwood floors than it is to remove them from carpeting. However, there are exceptions to this rule. If you do not have the time for regular maintenance that is required when you have hardwood floors, it could actually be the case that carpeting is a better option, but only with certain allergies. You may want to do some research to see exactly how your applicable allergens interact with hardwood and carpets.

To learn more about allergy-friendly flooring, contact Columbia Rug Carpet One Floor & Home, or visit our showroom in Peoria, IL. 

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