If you suffer from allergies it can be difficult to decide on a flooring type. Some allergy sufferers opt for hard flooring in favour of carpets or rugs, but this may not always be the best option.
"Carpets can trap allergens in their pile, while hard floors allow the allergens to float around. However, some modern carpets contain products that reduce mould and dust mites, which are common asthma and allergy triggers."
While we can't offer specific advice on what rugs are best for individual allergies, we can help you understand the different types of fabrics on the market so you can make an informed choice.
Here's some general information that may help you decide which type of rug is most suitable for you and your family.
Flooring Options For Allergy Sufferers
Mould, bacteria, dust mites and dust are common triggers for allergy sufferers. And there's a common misconception that carpet is one of the main harbours of these allergens. However, a 2005 study conducted by the German Allergy and Asthma society found that removing carpet has not been demonstrated to reduce dust mite allergen exposure. In fact, wall-to-wall carpet was found to reduce dust in the air by 50% compared to levels found in the air above hard flooring surfaces.
"A properly maintained carpet traps dust particles, removing them from the breathing zone and, compared to hard surfaces, particles are retained within the carpet pile structure."
Rugs are just as effective at removing allergens from the air as long as they are properly maintained.
What Rugs Are Best For Allergies?
Sisal, Cotton, Jute and Wool are all natural fibres and may benefit allergy sufferers. Wool rugs are an excellent choice for those concerned about mould and mildew as Wool is naturally resistant to these allergens.
Both sisal and jute rugs are low pile and intricately woven which prevents shedding and the release of rug fibres into the air.
Man-made fabrics are also suitable for allergy sufferers. For example, our range of heat-set polypropylene rugs look and feel similar to wool, but are much easier to clean and are resistant to mould and mildew.
In general it's best for allergy sufferers to avoid rugs with long fibres. Sensitive choice recommends regular vacuuming for all rugs and avoiding any cleaning that involves moisture.