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The best flooring for allergies

April 1st 2016
By: Melanie
The best flooring for allergies

After decades of having wall to wall carpets in our homes in the UK we are finally moving away from this trend and instead are looking at healthier alternatives, such as wood flooring, ceramic tiles, marble, polished cement finishes and so fourth. So what type of flooring is the best for people with allergies?

The best type of flooring is any type of hard flooring, because carpet attracts dust, depending on what type of carpet and underlay you buy, this can also disintegrate over time and cause dust to collect under the pile of carpet. It’s also unhygienic especially if it’s used in a bathroom or in an area of high traffic such as a corridor, as dirt can build up in the fibers. If you buy a new carpet that isn’t made from a natural product such as wool then you will be breathing nasty chemicals for the duration of your carpets life, so you will need to air that room every day. Carpets are also not good for the environment as each year around 400,000 of carpet gets thrown into landfill sites in the UK.

If you love the feel of a warm carpet under your feet you could go for a wood alternative, there are so many available in the market place, from quality laminates to rubber wood looking floor tiles. Make sure what ever your preference that you buy a good quality laminate, and make sure that you don’t lay the same floor throughout the house – as this is a big no, no for home buyers, if/or when you go to sell your house.  If you none of your family has a dust allergy then you could install a natural fiber carpet in your bedrooms and have the rest in either tiles or wood flooring. A good way to break up hard flooring and to help absorb noise is to put some rugs on the floor.