Carpet or no carpet? Timber or tiles? Vacuum or mop? Making decisions about the right flooring for your home can be tricky when your family has asthma or allergies.

Some sources say people with asthma and allergies should replace carpet with hard flooring. But this is not necessarily the best option.

Carpets can trap allergens in their pile, while hard floors allow the allergens to float around. Also, some modern carpets contain products to reduce mould and dust mites, which are common asthma and allergy triggers.

It’s all quite complicated, so we have a comprehensive guide on flooring for people with asthma and allergies that goes into the pros and cons for all the different options, including natural versus synthetic materials.


If you aren’t sure what your triggers are, our handy guide can help point you in the right direction.

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For great tips and advice on managing your asthma and allergies as well as how to create a healthy home, visit our factsheet library that includes:

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