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Is carpet a bad idea if I have allergies?

Is carpet a bad idea if I have allergies?

Science has proven over and over again that the right carpet won't exacerbate allergies. However, there are many with hypoallergenic properties.

So, go ahead and enjoy the beauty of carpeting. You'll appreciate its ability to hold onto heat and prevent drafts–an excellent advantage for those cold, snowy New Hampshire winters.

What are hypoallergenic carpets?

They don't shed, are easy to clean, and are mold and mildew resistant. Mold, especially, is a severe trigger for allergies.

Hypoallergenic carpet has low VOC emissions. With advances in the technological process, many now have low or non-existent VOCs (volatile organic compounds). Look for low VOCs for your carpet in Portsmouth, NH.

Wool: natural, soft, and durable

Wool carpet is one of the best choices for those with allergies. This is because it has properties that absorb natural contaminants like fumes and cleaning products.  

Wool also provides a hostile environment for dust mites and bacteria because the wool fiber doesn’t shed.

It also absorbs moisture through its fibers, acting like a dehumidifier. That, in turn, prevents the growth of mold and mildew.


This synthetic fiber has inherent hypoallergenic properties. It’s easy to clean and resists mold, mildew, and moisture.  

This fiber causes pollen to dry out, stopping it from flourishing. The carpet store will also recommend it for large families, kids, pets, and heavily trafficked areas because it's durable.

Also, look at the style

A short, tight weave, such as the Berber, level loop, or low pile carpeting, is best. Shedding is significantly reduced with these styles.

Of note: Berbers are often made with olefin (polypropylene) fiber; this also has some hypoallergenic properties.

Visit our carpet store

Carpet is elegant and has so many functional properties; it's no wonder it's such a popular floor covering. And at Portsmouth Quality Flooring, our professionals will help you find the right one.

Visit our showroom
in Portsmouth, NH, especially if you live or work in Portsmouth, Greenland, New Castle, Rye, North Hampton, Newmarket, Exeter, Stratham, NH, York, and Kittery, ME. You'll see top brands like Dixie Home, Dream Weaver, Masland, and more.