Let’s face it — for some of us, allergy season is year around. Sensitivity to dust and pollen can cause some people to experience allergy symptoms, sneezes, and sniffles no matter what the weather is like.

Did you know that certain types of carpet are better for people with asthma and allergies? Although dust, dirt, pollen, and even pet dander are a natural part of life, they don’t have to be a permanent part of your carpet.

What type of carpet is best for keeping allergies away?

Selecting a carpet with synthetic fibers is a great solution for fighting pesky allergies. Carpets made of synthetic blends such as nylon actually deter dander and dirt from making a home in your carpet — partly because the material doesn’t act as a natural environment for allergens. Nylon carpet is also moisture resistant, making it less likely that mildew or mold will form in the strands.

You should also consider choosing carpeting that is tightly woven with short fibers. This leaves less room for dust to settle in and is easier to vacuum.

As hypoallergenic carpeting becomes more popular, flooring dealers are offering a wider range of styles and colors that fit homeowners’ needs with compromising quality. When finding the carpet that’s right for you, ask a knowledgeable flooring representative and be sure to research the carpet materials before making a decision.

Tips to minimize allergens in your carpet:

Remember that although picking nylon carpet with short fibers can reduce the amount of allergens in your carpet, regular cleaning and maintenance can keep your carpet fresh and prevent allergies from getting worse.

1.Vacuum regularly: Vacuuming carpet regularly minimizes the amount of dust trapped in areas where people and pets frequently walk. Hiring a professional carpet cleaner once a year is also recommended for deep cleaning and hard to reach areas.

2.Be mindful of the furniture in your carpeted room: If dust is collecting on furniture in your carpeted room, be mindful that using a dust cloth to clean your furniture could result in excess dust falling down into your carpet. Try using special dusters that trap and lock in dirt so as not to spread the allergens around the room.

For more information on hypoallergenic carpets and flooring, contact your local flooring dealer for options.