Hypoallergenic Carpets

Because carpets can trap dust and pollens to create allergic reactions, some people prefer hard-surface flooring over wall-to-wall carpeting; however, by installing hypoallergenic carpets, you can minimize or eliminate annoying allergy-related symptoms. Certain types of carpet fibers, as well as proper carpet cleaning, help to keep allergens from circulating in the air. Some carpet materials are also moisture-resistant to prevent the growth of mold and mildew allergens.

Aggravating Allergens

Minimize allergy-triggered symptoms by choosing the right carpet.

Not all allergy sufferers are sensitive to the same substances. For example, even though dust, pollen and pet dander represent common carpet allergens that can trigger allergy-related symptoms for some people, one or more of these substances may not affect other allergy-prone individuals. Choose hypoallergenic carpeting to introduce welcoming allergy relief for a variety of allergy-related symptoms. In addition, the growth of mold and mildew in moist locations, such as damp carpeting, is another source of annoying allergens; however, you can install moisture-resistant carpeting and pads to help alleviate this problem.

Fabulous Fibers

Even though hypoallergenic carpets do not completely eliminate the presence of common allergens, they can significantly reduce the quantity of allergen substances, resulting in fewer allergic reactions. You have a choice of materials that are more suitable for those with allergies. Durable nylon carpets are dirt-, moisture- and mildew-resistant. Olefin, or polypropylene, is not as durable as nylon but also resists moisture and mildew. Opt for an earth-friendly hypoallergenic carpet made from recycled plastic soda bottles to help save the environment. Natural carpet fibers, such as sisal, sea grass, wool or hemp, also offer green carpeting alternatives that are produced without oils, petroleum or high emission chemicals.

Pads and Glues

Minimize the possibility of additional allergens lurking underneath your hypoallergenic carpeting by selecting an allergy-friendly carpet pad. Choose a carpet pad that is moisture-resistant, giving it anti-bacterial, anti-fungal and anti-microbial properties. Prior to the carpet installation process in your home, check with the professional installers to ensure they use carpet-laying adhesives with low volatile organic chemicals (VOCs). Adhesives with low VOC emissions help to create fresher air inside your home that is less likely to trigger allergy-related symptoms.

Clean is Cool

Regular vacuuming with a HEPA, or high efficiency particulate air, filter vacuum removes a large percentage of the trapped dust, pollen and pet dander found in carpeting. By frequently removing these aggravating allergens with a HEPA vacuum cleaner, you trap the particles inside the vacuum so they are not released back into the room. Have your carpets professionally steam-cleaned to remove embedded allergens from your carpet that a vacuum cleaner doesn't ordinarily remove.

About the Author

Michele Norfleet is a freelance writer who writes on travel, home and garden and education topics. She has coauthored a handbook for teachers on school-wide discipline and has contributed tips for special-needs students in the basal curriculum for RCL Benziger. Norfleet holds a master's degree from Southern Illinois University and has experience as a special-needs teacher and speech pathologist.