Hypoallergenic carpets are meant to reduce allergy symptoms and to improve breathing. Ideally, hypoallergenic carpets are able to trap irritating particles and to prevent them from circulating in the air. These carpets have a lower probability of causing allergic reactions, as long as a person is not allergic to the fibers in the carpet, the materials in the pads or the products used to clean the carpet.
Fibers in hypoallergenic carpets come from both natural and synthetic materials. Wool is one option for hypoallergenic carpets, as its fibers trap particles and the carpet does not emit harmful gases. Additionally, wool is stain- and soil-resistant. Other hypoallergenic carpets are synthetic, and are often more cost-effective than wool. Synthetically made hypoallergenic carpets may be made of nylon, polyester or olefin.
Nylon requires low upkeep and is soil- and mildew-resistant. The advantages of polyester are that it is stain resistant and comes with a wide variety of choices of texture and color. However, it is less durable than nylon. Olefin looks like wool and resists water damage, mildew and stains.
By placing an entry mat at each door and wiping feet before entering the home, people track less dirt, pollen and naturally occurring allergens through the home.