Carpet has many attributes beyond adding beauty and coziness to any room. In fact, a well-maintained carpet creates a healthier indoor atmosphere.

Your carpet acts as a filter to trap and hold airborne dust and other allergens until eliminated by regular vacuuming and cleaning. It’s also a better insulator than other types of floor covering when it comes to maintaining room temperature. This means reduced heating and cooling costs and a quieter indoor environment.


Dust can be a real issue for those who suffer allergies, as it becomes airborne in the home it can cause asthma and hay fever symptoms, itchiness and irritability of the eyes and throat. While these allergies are difficult to eradicate, there are surface and material selections for your home which can minimise these issues.


There are other elements of home maintenance which also affect the level of allergens and dust mites in the home. Ensure surfaces such as floors, shelves, artwork frames and architraves are dust free by vacuuming and dusting regularly. Mop hard flooring as well post-vacuuming to eliminate dust completely. Invest in good vacuum technology and make sure to inquire what the best possible product is for you and your situation.


Ventilation is also important. Choose days which are not so breezy to allow fresh air into the home. Natural ventilation through door and windows is beneficial to the homes energy while breaking through any stale smells. Ensure the air-conditioning and heating filters are kept constantly clean and serviced in your home. This will minimise any additional airborne dust from being filtered back into the room.


Consider your pets in the home. While pets are a welcome inclusion to any home, perhaps they may be better kept in areas where there are more hard surfaces than plush carpets. This way any shedding of the loose hair will be easily maintained and removed.


Hopefully, these few tips will lessen the impacts of allergies in the home and make it a more pleasant haven for allergy sufferers! Visit one of our Flooring Xtra stores and we will happily show you your options and offer our advice to ensure you have ‘A fabulous flooring experience’ and hopefully less sniffling and sneezing.

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Dunlop Fresh Living underlay promotes healthier living for our customers.

This proven antimicrobial protects against dust mites, damaging bacteria, mould and mildew – significant triggers for asthma, hay fever and eczema. It also prevents odours and provides hygienic freshness.


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