For many, spring is the season for fresh starts and new beginnings. But for some others, it can be a challenging time, dealing with seasonal allergies. Runny noses, watery eyes, and coughing are no fun, and they’re easy to attribute to allergens, but did you ever realize that your flooring could be making the problem worse? Here are a few things to note about flooring and allergies, and to help you decide if a floor remodel is needed.

Understand How Carpet Plays a Role

If you find you’re suffering from allergies indoors, it’s important to know that many common allergens find their way into your carpet. Dust (or dust mites), pollen, and pet dander find their ways in the fibers of your carpet and return to cause uncomfortable, annoying allergy symptoms. 

Even thorough, regular vacuuming and dusting can’t fully relieve your home from all its allergens. High-pile, shaggy carpets allow allergens to fester, and in return, allergy sufferers can pay a price. If you want to keep the carpet in your home, but minimize the effects allergies have on you, consider wool carpet. It has hypoallergenic properties, can absorb common airborne contaminants, and is resistant to bacteria, mold, and mildew.

Consider Laminate & Vinyl Flooring Options

If you’re not going the carpet route, consider laminate or vinyl flooring options. These products can be designed to look like hardwood or tile while being super easy to clean and maintain. In both cases, if you do want to escape miserable allergies, pay attention to the grade of the product. Cheaper options may use adhesives that include formaldehyde or Volatile Organic Compounds (VOCs). These can aggravate asthma symptoms, so it’s best to get Quest’s help when selecting an option.

Luxury Vinyl options have no pockets for moisture, so germs and harmful agents won’t fester. Many luxury vinyl options include a built-in antibacterial agent. Again, pay close attention to the manufacturer’s notes on VOCs.

Tile & Hardwood

But the best options for avoiding allergens are Tile and Hardwood Floorings. Ceramic and Porcelain tile options are water-resistant and easy to clean so you can eliminate dust mites and pollen. Natural stone is more porous and susceptible to harboring allergens, so make sure you avoid it, if necessary. Hardwood floors have been proven to not carry contaminants from dust, mold, and pet dander, improving the air quality in homes.

Contact Quest Interiors

If you suffer from allergies, start with a good, deep cleaning, dusting, and vacuuming. If you’re at a point that you feel a floor remodel is necessary, you can always count on your friends at Quest to guide you in the right direction. Contact us today and set up your free estimate. You don’t have to suffer anymore. Let us help you find the right solution, for your health and peace of mind.