If you suffer from allergies, carpet may throw up a red flag. But the fact is, carpet can actually be more hypoallergenic than hard surface flooring. Express Flooring works hard to offer the most hypoallergenic options available. If you are considering carpet flooring, it’s important to know which carpeting is best for any allergy sufferers in your home.
It may come as a surprise to learn that carpeting can be better for allergy and asthma sufferers than hard surface flooring. In a 2008 study, Dr. Mitchell Sauerhoff, Ph.D., DABT,
cited, “Multiple studies have reported fewer allergy and asthma symptoms associated with carpet.” In a separate study, Professional Testing Laboratory studied what would happen after 16 minutes of walking over floors and carpeting. Particles circulated 4x more often
on floors without carpeting as dust and dirt roamed in the air.
The reason: CARPET TRAPS ALLERGENS. On the flip side, carpet can also trap dust, dander, and other allergy triggers. So, for any carpet flooring, it’s important to select a hypoallergenic, low-pile or low-nap carpet. Once installed, vacuum the carpet regularly and you’ll keep loved ones breathing easy.
Best: Man-Made Materials
Allergy sufferers agree: Materials like polyester and nylon are the best choice for keeping allergies at bay. These materials are engineered to resist the dirt, mildew, and moisture that are major contributors to allergens thriving. There are additional synthetic and olefin carpets that also repel allergens.
Worst: Natural Fibers
With any natural fiber, like wool carpeting, mold can live and thrive in the carpet for long periods of time without the owner even being aware. If someone in your home suffers from allergies or asthma, simply steer clear of this material.