An individual who has allergies or asthma can suffer unnecessarily if they have the wrong type of flooring in their home. Eliminating flooring materials that harbor dust, debris and other airborne allergens can dramatically reduce the number of asthma attacks and the severity of allergy symptoms.
The top five best flooring options for people with upper respiratory issues include:
Hardwood floors are easy to clean and do not attract dust and debris like carpets and throw rugs. There are no fibers to trap allergens and the floor can be swept or mopped whenever needed to reduce the buildup of normal household debris.
Cork is similar to hardwoods in its ability to prevent the attraction of airborne dust and debris. Cork is mildew and mold resistant due to a high level of suberin. Suberin is an antimicrobial found in cork that prevents the growth of mold, mildew and other bacteria that often presents itself when moisture is prevalent.
Linoleum is considered to be eco-friendly because it is manufactured with linseed oil instead of petroleum. It is a good option for people suffering from allergy or asthma. It is extremely easy to clean and will not be damaged if cleaned with water and mild chemicals.
Porcelain and ceramic tile are two options that are allergy-free and extremely durable. They will not be scuffed or scraped if furniture is moved across them. Both porcelain and ceramic tile are easy to clean and neither will be damaged by the use of water during cleaning.
Laminate and vinyl flooring are also easy to clean and will not attract dirt and debris. Laminate flooring uses hardwood that has been recycled and mixed with other materials to form a layered, composite material that can be sealed and used much like traditional hardwood flooring.