As many allergy and asthma sufferers know, pollen, dust, mold spores and other airborne allergens can play serious havoc with your health and well being, and they can be really exacerbated when your home environment and furnishings are prone to attracting and capturing dust and other particles.

When it comes to choosing carpet, if allergies or asthma are an issue in your household, it’s important to consider the type of material carpets are made from and other characteristics that might make them more or less allergy-friendly.

Wool Carpet

Wool is one of the best carpets for allergy, asthma and eczema sufferers because it has natural hypoallergenic properties, and absorbs common airborne contaminants, like cooking fumes, deodorants, cleaning chemicals and smoke, which helps improve the air quality. Wool carpet is also resistant to bacteria, mould and mildew, and the lack of moisture in wool, due to the coil-like shape of its carpet fibres, also makes it difficult for dust mites to survive.

All round a great carpet option for allergy sufferers.

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Nylon Carpet

The next best carpet choice for allergy sufferers is nylon fibre carpet. Not only are nylon carpets more affordable than wool carpets but nylon also provides resistance to dirt, mildew and moisture, which means they do not get trapped or embedded in the carpet fibres and can be easily cleaned from the fibre surface. Low pile Nylon carpets are an especially good choice when it comes to allergies because they are even easier to keep clean and free of irritants.

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Want an easy-clean alternative to carpet?

If you have little kids and pets, you might want to avoid cleaning up spills and soiling from carpet altogether in certain areas of your home.

Flooring options like Luxury Vinyl Plank and Tile are extremely easy to clean and maintain which is a plus when it comes to allergies – simply wipe spills clean with a damp cloth and voile! Vinyl Tile & Plank flooring is also a stylish and affordable alternative to timber with a wide range of extremely realistic timber-look colours, textures and tones to choose from to suit any style or design.

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