Guide on Which Carpet Types are Best for People with Asthma and Allergy Problems
The days of thinking that people with asthma and allergy problems should avoid carpets due to them holding more dust and other particles compared to other floor coverings are gone. In 2005, the German Allergy and Asthma Society conducted a vital study and identified that the major issue for asthmatics and allergy sufferers is not the quantity of dust particles and allergens that are on the floor, but those in the air. The study reveals that spaces with wall to wall carpeting lessens the amount of dust particles circulating in the air by approximately 50% in comparison to hard and bare flooring. They concluded that an essential preventative measure for people suffering from asthma and allergies is the choice of material for flooring which binds dust and prevents it from circulating into the air and be inhaled.As the urban myth has now been busted, you can rest assured that the best flooring option for asthma and allergy sufferers is in fact carpet. We at Flooring Wizards understand the stress that persons with asthma and allergy problems undergo, so we’ve compiled a list of the best carpet choices for them.
The best type of carpet for allergy, asthma and eczema sufferers is wool carpet. This is because wool carpets are hypoallergenic as its fibres are in a coil-like shape, which causes any moisture in the carpet to dissipate. Wool carpet is resistant to any mildew, mould or bacteria. They also trap any particles from cleaning chemicals, deodorants, cooking chemicals, gases and smoke, ensuring they aren’t inhaled. Along with these outstanding attributes, wool carpet is non-synthetic, providing you with a beautiful look and luxurious feel for your feet.
Another great option for allergy and asthma sufferers is Nylon carpets. This type of material helps to resist moisture, dirt and mildew, allowing it to be an easy carpet to clean and remove irritants from. Nylon carpets with short cut or low pile fibre are especially good choices to look for due to shorter carpet fibres being even easier to remove irritants for allergy and asthma sufferers.
How to Avoid Irritation for Asthma and Allergy Sufferers
When installing your carpet, avoid using underlay and adhesives that release VOC’s (volatile organic compounds), as these cause irritation for asthma and allergy sufferers. Instead, you can purchase hypoallergenic carpet underlays to help minimise the amount of allergens that are released.
To help make your carpet antibacterial, antifungal and antimicrobial, it is also possible to get hypoallergenic carpet underlay with moisture resistant properties.
It is important that you vacuum your carpets often when you have asthmatics or allergy sufferers in your home. This could mean vacuuming your carpets up to twice a week, depending on the severity of the allergy. It is a good idea to also have your carpets professionally cleaned from time to time.
For more information on carpets and other flooring options, why not visit any of our Tile Wizards stores, and have a chat with one of our friendly flooring specialists?
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