September 19, 2017

Which types of floors are best for those with allergies?

If you have allergies, the type of floor you choose can have a big impact on your health. Generally speaking, hard surface floors are the best options. Carpet tends to trap common allergens while hard surface floors are easy to clean and can't hold onto common irritants. Let's take a closer look at the best floor choices for those with allergies.

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Carpet concerns

Carpet pile attracts and holds dust, dust mites, mold, pollen, pet dander and dirt -- all of which can aggravate allergies or asthma. If your carpet gets wet it can also become the perfect environment for mold and mildew, two more common allergens. The depth of your carpet pile and fiber choice does make a significant difference. Low pile and looped carpets are better choices because they won't trap as many allergens. Wool, sisal or other natural carpet fibers can help. You should also talk to your carpet store about hypoallergenic carpet padding.

The better choice: hard surface flooring

Hard surface flooring such as tile, hardwood flooring or resilient floors, don't trap and hold allergens. These floors can literally make it easier to breathe for any allergy sufferers in your home. It's also easier to stay on top of cleaning to help keep those allergies at bay. Top benefits of hard surface floors for those with allergies:

  • Easy to clean and keep dust-free. You'll know if the floor needs dusting because you'll be able to see the dust.
  • No fibers to trap dust, dust mites, mold spores or other allergy triggers.
  • Long-lasting so you won't need to replace it as often as carpet. While carpet typically lasts 15 years or more, those with allergies often need to replace it more often.
  • Aside from those practical benefits, hard surface floors are so versatile that you can find one to match any decor.


You don't have to figure it out alone

Allergies and asthma make choosing the best floor for your home a little bit trickier. You can rely on the expert advice and concern from your local flooring store, Kermans. Kermans is a family-owned flooring company with high-quality affordable flooring as well as high-end luxurious products, designs, and brands. When you shop at Kermans, you'll receive all the benefits of the Kermans Advantage: expert consultants, unparalleled customer service and sound recommendations for just the right flooring selections for your needs. Learn why Central Indiana has been shopping at Kermans for decades.



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