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What flooring is best for those with allergies and asthma?

Wednesday, June 23, 2021 7:41 AM

Some types of flooring are better for those with respiratory problems than others, and there are also some things you can do to raise the hypoallergenic bar, such as avoiding stains, finishes, and other installation products that could trigger reactions. The staff in our flooring company has identified four products most frequently selected by allergy and asthma sufferers.


Scientific studies have shown time and again that this flooring aids respiratory health and improves indoor air quality. That is because rug fibers trap pollutants where they will remain until carpets are deep cleaned instead of flying in the air for you to breathe. It is also one of the lowest VOC (volatile emitting compounds) emitters.

Our flooring stores carry numerous fiber types, so either a natural one like wool or a synthetic, nylon, or olefin, known for resisting mold and mildew. These substances can wreak havoc on the respiratory system.

Also suggested are rugs with low pile heights because they make cleaning much easier with their short, tightly woven fibers. Vacuum frequently and use professional cleaning at recommended intervals.

Cork Flooring

This comes from the bark of cork trees. Known for its natural beauty, as well as soundproofing and insulation capabilities, it's also highly hypoallergenic because of a tight cellular structure that repels allergens. Cork is also anti-microbial and resistant to mold and mildew.

Hardwood Flooring

These are constantly rated as the most allergy-friendly floors and the U.S. The Environmental Agency (EPA) agrees. This renewable, recyclable product is entirely natural, with no chemicals or toxins used in manufacturing. When it's properly installed and sealed, the floors won't harbor dust mites or particles.

If you experience allergies or other respiratory challenges, the experts at Outlook Flooring will help you find the best flooring for you. Visit any of our three showrooms in the Greater Charlotte area, including Rock Hill, SC, Monroe, and Gastonia, NC. We're convenient to Rock Hill, Fort Mill, Clover, York, Bowling Green, SC; Belmont, Monroe, Gastonia, Charlotte, and Indian Trail, NC.