The Healthy Home: Best Flooring Options for Allergy and Asthma Sufferers

25 September 2017
 Categories: Home & Garden, Blog


According to Australian Institute of Health and Welfare, one in nine Australians suffers from Asthma. While you can't cure asthma and some allergic reactions, you can easily control them by minimising allergens and asthmatic triggers.

If you're looking to maintain an allergy-friendly home, there are a number of flooring options to use for your home without sacrificing the aesthetic appeal. Here are beautiful, allergy free flooring options you should consider.

Bamboo flooring

Other than being environmentally friendly, bamboo flooring is also naturally hypoallergenic. Bamboo flooring, the green alternative to hardwood, will offer you all the benefits of hardwood flooring without providing a cosy home for dust mites or dander that could aggravate your allergies. Bamboo flooring is also less likely to retain moisture compared traditional hardwood.

Although bamboo comes naturally light or dark, you can easily stain it to suit your needs. Make sure to install a bamboo flooring that uses non-toxic finishes for a healthier home.

Cork flooring

Cork, another green alternative flooring, is harvested carefully from the cork oak tree while still in its natural habitat. Other than being a sustainable choice for flooring, cork has a naturally occurring substance known as suberin that discourages the growth of mould, bacteria, mildew and other allergens.

Cork is also hydrophobic, which makes it a great flooring option for bathrooms, kitchens, basements and other damp or cold areas. Cork flooring is available in a variety of colors and patterns which means you will not have to sacrifice the visual appeal of your floors due to your allergies.

Natural linoleum flooring

It's hard not to think about vinyl flooring that was very popular in the 1950s kitchens when you hear the word linoleum. Today, linoleum describes floors made from all natural and biodegradable materials that are stylish and allergy friendly.

Linoleum is made from materials including wood flour, cork dust, linseed oil and pine resin. The end product is an anti-microbial floor that will last you up to thirty years and one that is also one hundred percent biodegradable.

Ceramic flooring

Ceramic tile flooring is one of the best choices for allergy reduction. It's a generally safe nontoxic flooring option that is easy to clean.

Ceramic tiles are baked with a glaze that seals their surfaces during production, hence making a flooring option that is impermeable and inhospitable to dust mites.

Irrespective of the flooring you choose, make sure you keep it clean to reduce indoor allergens. Consider using non-toxic or homemade cleaning solutions to limit allergen and asthma triggers in your home.