There are plenty of reasons to favor hypoallergenic flooring materials over more common flooring options. Whether you’re sensitive to allergens or you just want to have the peace of mind that comes with knowing your home is free from VOCs (volatile organic compounds), finding the right flooring for your goals doesn’t need to be difficult. Here at Floor Coverings International of Mississauga, we always do our best to find the perfect fit for every customer. Just follow these simple suggestions and you’ll be well on your way to a healthy living space.

1. Replace carpet with gentler options

Carpet is one of the most common flooring materials in homes because it’s inexpensive, noise dampening and convenient. However, carpet fibers can release mold spores and dust mites into the air. They are also often made with VOCs which are slowly released in your home over time. While the rate of release is within a tolerable level for most people, if you’re especially sensitive to air quality replacing that carpet might be a good option for you.

2. Consider Eco-Friendly / Green Carpeting

If you love the feel of a carpet under your toes and simply don’t want to go with another flooring choice, you’re in luck. There is a green carpet option out there for you that can do the trick. Look for carpeting that has been awarded the Green Label, a certification by the Carpet and Rug Institute that ensure your carpet will release a very low level of VOCs. Because it’s carpet it still may collect mold or dust mites, but at least it’s chemical free.

3. Stone & Tile Flooring

If you’re looking to move away from carpeting, another effective option is to install stone or ceramic tile flooring. These surfaces don’t cling to dust and pollen, they are all natural, and they are installed using grout instead which doesn’t emit VOCs.

4. Cork Flooring

If you want some of the benefits of carpet without it’s tendency to cling to allergens, cork flooring is a great choice. It’s an amazing material harvested from the naturally shed bark of the cork tree. It’s highly renewable as the same tree can be harvested multiple times. On top of this, cork is very low in allergens and is very easy to maintain. Like carpet, it’s also soft on your feet, insulating and noise dampening.

5. Solid Hardwood instead of Engineered Hardwood

Natural solid hardwood is a great hypoallergenic flooring option. Engineered hardwood on the other hand is made from multiple layers of wood adhered together. This process often uses formaldehyde and other chemicals, so it isn’t the best choice for those who are sensitive to allergens. Choose solid hardwood instead.