The spring months are upon us and for millions of unfortunate allergy sufferers that means the season is beginning. For those of us who are prone to allergies, this time of year marks the start of many months of stuffy noses and itchy eyes. Depending on what exactly you’re allergic to, even things around your home can aggravate your allergies. One of these things is flooring. Yes, that’s right, certain types of floors can hold pollen, dust, and other allergens that will make your allergy season quite unpleasant. However, there are plenty of floors that will repel allergens as well. Here is our rundown of the best flooring types for allergy sufferers.
Cork flooring repels both allergens and bugs, making it an excellent flooring choice for the kitchen. A good rule to go by if you are wondering what kinds of floors are eco-friendly is this: the greener the floor, the more allergy-friendly it is. This may seem counter-intuitive, because it is often nature that causes our allergies. However, the natural and sustainable materials of cork flooring cause it to repel allergens. It is especially resistant to mold and mildew. So, if those are some of your biggest allergy triggers then cork is the perfect flooring for you.
Natural Fiber Carpet
In addition to cork, natural fiber carpets are also an excellent choice for people with allergies. An important thing to note here is that all carpets – both natural fiber and synthetic – are treated after they are made to make them more durable and long lasting. So, you want to look for carpet (though this goes for any flooring type) that has low or no VOCs. VOCs – or volatile organic compounds – are known for being harmful to both the environment and respiratory issues, including asthma and allergies. Look for natural fiber carpets such as jute, sisal, and sea grass that have been treated with low or no VOCs.
Ceramic and glass tiles are also highly resistant to allergens. They are both made from natural materials and they are both resilient against moisture and humidity. This is crucial to being able to withstand allergens, because mildew thrives in a humid, moisture-rich environment. Another key element of tile flooring is that it is easy to clean, so you can nip any dust or mold-producing grime in the bud.
Like cork and natural fiber carpets, linoleum flooring’s natural materials make it a great allergy fighter. Linoleum is crafted using materials such as linseed oil and cork dust, despite its perception as being an outdated and artificial flooring type. As you’ve probably noticed throughout this posting, durability is another major contributing factor in floors being hypoallergenic. Dirt and moisture are the two biggest culprits in causing allergies in the home, and linoleum flooring is resistant to both. Like tile, it is also very easy to clean, thus making it easier to prevent allergens from spreading.