Cat sitting on a carpet in Concord, CAIf you have allergies you know how they can be a nuisance and interfere with your daily activities. However, even though you cannot do much about all the allergens that are floating around outside and making your sinuses swell, there are some ways you can allergy-proof your home. One way you can turn your house into a sanctuary where you can breathe easy is to opt for hypoallergenic carpet options.

Although most people believe that removing carpeting and using hardwood or linoleum flooring is the best way to deal with allergens in the house that is not entirely true. In fact, you can still enjoy that cozy feeling carpets provide by checking out hypoallergenic carpet options that meet your needs.

Here are several features you should focus on if you have allergies:

Materials

The first thing you need to focus on when buying a carpet is the material it’s made of. Since fibers such as nylon and olefin resist dirt, moisture, and mildew, they are a great option for people who suffer from allergies. Natural wool creates a hostile environment for dust mites, so it is also a good choice if you want to do your sinuses a favor.

The tightness of the weave

If you suffer from allergies steer clear of shaggy carpets, because strands are shorter there are fewer places the pollen can go. You should choose a carpet with tightly woven strands for the same reason. This type of carpet is also easier to clean since denser weave will trap less dust.

VOC emissions

Volatile Organic Compounds (VOCs) are very hazardous and can affect our health. These harmful chemicals are produced by the manufacturing process and can trigger allergies, asthma, and other respiratory conditions. Carpets can emit VOCs for even more than five years so in order to avoid carpeting that may potentially contain these compounds, search for Greenguard certified products when looking for carpet options.

Carpet Care

Regardless of whether you opt for hypoallergenic carpet options or not, you need to properly clean your carpets on a regular basis in order to lower the presence of allergens in the home. Carpets can often trap and hold dust, dander, and pollen so you need to vacuum at least twice a week and add carpet washing to your housekeeping routine.

If you want to learn more about your hypoallergenic carpet options, contact us today to schedule a free in-home consultation!