Carpets not so bad for Allergy Sufferers
When it comes to choosing flooring for the homes of people with allergies, carpet has traditionally come in for a very bad rap. Carpeted floors are widely regarded as being the worst choice for a household where at least one of the inhabitants has allergy problems, because they trap dust and other things that cause those allergies to then act up. However, new research is questioning the conventional wisdom and suggesting that carpets may not entirely deserve the bad reputation that they tend to get.
“Carpet was tested against laminate and, with the average household cleaning pattern, the carpeted room actually had cleaner air” claims Mike Mills of Jordan’s Floors. Mills says that the notion that carpets trap allergens is not always absolutely the case, and suggests that good quality carpets made from wool would be the best choice for those who may have allergy issues but would still prefer carpeted flooring. Another way to cut down on potential allergy issues with carpets is to avoid ones that have a thick pile as they tend to be the kind of carpets that are most likely to trap dust and other irritants and cause issues with allergy sufferers.
For all Mills’ claims to the contrary, however, it does not seem very likely that carpet will ever be the primary choice of flooring for people who do have issues with allergies. Wood flooring is still the main alternative for most allergy sufferers, which is also less likely to need wood floor repair as often as carpets need maintenance or even replacing entirely.