If you or a family member suffers from asthma or allergies, you will know just how much they can negatively impact your well-being and quality of life and how easily they can be triggered in certain environments and conditions, especially over the spring and summer months when there is more pollen and dust in the air.
For asthma and allergy sufferers, minimising those triggers and sources of common allergens is a really important consideration when it comes to refurbishing your home and choosing flooring and surfaces.
While most of us look forward to the warmer weather and abundant blooms that the Spring and Summer months bring, it can be an especially sensitive time of the year for allergy sufferers. Extra pollen and other airborne irritants such as dust can play havoc with sensitive sinuses and respiratory systems, especially on those dry, windy days.
There are a number of steps you can take around the home to help minimise these allergy triggers.
Improving air quality
Ensuring plenty of natural ventilation and sunlight can really help improve air quality. Large windows that allow air flow and cross breezes go along way to ensuring good air quality and circulation throughout your home while good wall and floor insulation will help keep temperatures stable.
It’s essential to clean, mop and vacuum the floors in your home regularly to minimise any dust mites in carpet and rugs or mould spores which are not always visible on tiled floors or floorboards.
Regular floor cleaning can really improve air-quality and help keep you and your family members (including your pets!) healthy and allergy-free.
Another crucial step to minimise allergy and asthma triggers is choosing quality flooring that has anti-allergy properties and attributes.
Timber and vinyl plank flooring
Timber and timber-look flooring looks beautiful, adds a natural warmth and aesthetic to your home and is also one of the best anti-allergy flooring options. Timber and vinyl does not trap allergens or provide the kind of environment where allergens can grow.
Many people like to have carpet in the bedroom and high-traffic areas which is not necessarily a problem when it comes to allergy sufferers so long as you choose carpets with properties that repel allergens and don’t promote growth of bacteria or accumulation of dust particles.
Wool carpet is a great option because not only is it a high-quality flooring option with fantastic insulation properties but it is also naturally hypoallergenic and repels water which can lead to mould growth. Another benefit of wool is that it absorbs common household airborne contaminants like cooking fumes, deodorants and fireplace smoke, which helps boost air quality.
Our Just Shorn wool carpet collection offers a wide range of stylish contemporary colours and textures.
Solution dyed nylon carpet
Solution dyed nylon carpet like our Desire range can be a good choice for high-traffic areas due to its extra durability. Browse out Desire Carpet Collection range here.
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