Carpetoptions for allergy sufferers

2016-04-27 06:00
Using modern technology, ecofriendly carpets have become increasingly popular because of their softer feel underfoot. PHOTO: supplied

Using modern technology, ecofriendly carpets have become increasingly popular because of their softer feel underfoot. PHOTO: supplied

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Here’s a look at some healthier carpet options.

Ecofriendly coir carpeting

Made from the husks of coconuts, coir flooring is hard-wearing and ideal for high-traffic areas in the home.

Similar in nature to timber, coir expands and contracts in tune with the ambient temperature and humidity, resulting in a flooring option that is warm underfoot in winter and cool in the summer.

Coir can be used throughout the home. It can be installed as wall-to-wall carpeting, or as a rug or mat. While not as soft as synthetic carpets, the finished product is strong and tightly woven.

Coir is resistant to mould and insect infestation. It offers a level of soundproofing, especially when installed over underlay.

This carpeting option is easy to maintain as it only requires regular vacuuming. Any spills can be treated with soda water and a cloth to blot and remove the stain.

Organic sisal carpeting

Sisal is also a natural, sustainable and ecofriendly flooring option that is made from plants of the Agave species.

This tough, organic flooring is excellent for homes with allergy sufferers as it’s resistant to dust mites. It also resists pressure dents from furniture.

One of the most renewable flooring materials, sisal absorbs more carbon dioxide than it produces. And sisal fibres are one of the toughest natural fibres available for carpets, mats and rugs.

Sisal also has anti-static properties that make it an ideal flooring choice for the home office. It’s a natural sound-absorbing flooring material as well.

The natural fibres in sisal assist in controlling humidity in the home, while tannin discourages dust mites. This makes it the perfect choice for asthma sufferers.

Versatile seagrass carpeting

Seagrass is found in shallow paddy fields and is hand woven into a variety of flooring options. More commonly used for rugs and mats due to the fact that the product can be washed, seagrass is also available as a wall-to-wall flooring option.

While options discussed above are hard-wearing, seagrass is not recommended for high-traffic areas, but can be placed outdoors on open patios.

Seagrass comes in a variety of designs and is probably the most versatile natural flooring for a home due to its moisture-resistant properties. It’s also resistant to mould and mildew, as well as being a suitable floor covering for allergy sufferers.

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