What Kind of Flooring is Best for Allergy Sufferers?

Posted on: 20th April 2018Girl with a pug on carpet

The sun is shining, daffodils and tulips are blooming and hay fever season is gearing up for another summer of sneezing! Allergic Rhinitis, commonly known as hay fever, affects between 10 and 30% of all adults and as many as 40% children in the UK – in fact a staggering 44% of British adults suffer from at least one allergy. For allergy sufferers, choosing the right type of flooring can have a massive impact on everyday life – especially in the bedroom where allergies greatly affect sleeping. 


Popular for its comfort, design options and luxury, carpet can be a real problem for those with allergies or asthma. Allergens from pollen, dust mites, pet dander and dirt settle in carpet fibres which need regular vacuuming and maintenance to prevent greater symptoms. 

For allergy sufferers who want the look and feel of carpet and don’t want to compromise, choose low pile carpets and opt for natural fibres such as wool or sisal. 

Linoleum and Marmoleum

Marmoleum is the brand name for the incredible range of natural lino made by Forbo. Made from wood flour, flax and linseed oils it has an anti-microbial barrier and is a top choice for hypoallergenic flooring. An incredibly eco-friendly floor that doesn’t harbour any dirt or dust, it’s easy to clean and super durable – lasting around 30 years! Marmoleum is available in a huge range of colours, patterns and styles suitable for use in every room in the house. 

Vinyl and Hardwood 

Easy to maintain and keep clean, vinyl and hardwood floors only need a sweep and mop to keep free of allergens. Neither will trap allergens nor provide an environment for them to grow, making them a great choice for allergy or asthma sufferers. Many vinyl flooring styles now also have an antibacterial agent built into them, furthering their status as a hypoallergenic floor choice. 

We can offer expert advice and guidance on the best choice for your home or business, visit our showroom to chat with our friendly team or get in touch on 01603 879359 or email