floor types for allergy relief, floor coverings international northwest san antonioAllergies in San Antonio can be an agonizing experience as there really is no off-season. Mountain cedar pollen strikes in the winter, while grass pollen and ragweed run rampant during the spring, summer, and fall. Combined with regular allergens such as pet dander, dust, and mold, it’s no wonder that people can have prolonged allergy problems.

One way to control allergy symptoms in the home is to select a flooring type that doesn’t trap irritants and is easy to clean. This will help cut down on congestion, watery eyes and sneezing. Here are some flooring tips from Floor Coverings International of Northwest San Antonio on selecting a flooring type to help provide relief.

Ceramic or Porcelain Tile

Ceramic or porcelain tile flooring is a great choice for people with allergies. The tiles are water-resistant, easy to clean, and pet dander, dust and pollen can’t become trapped in the surface. Ceramic and porcelain tiles are also made from natural materials and don’t contain volatile organic compounds (VOCs), which can be another source of respiratory discomfort.


Hardwood flooring is a long time favorite for allergy sufferers. Hardwood can be easily cleaned and doesn’t trap pollens or other allergens. One thing to keep in mind, if you are particularly sensitive, is to select hardwood flooring with a water-based polyurethane coating, as oil-based coatings can contain VOCs.


Cork is a natural, renewable flooring material that is both hypoallergenic and eco-friendly. It is moisture resistant, which helps inhibit mold growth, and the surface can be wiped clean with ease. Cork has the additional benefit of being comfortable underfoot and it also has insulating and soundproofing properties.


Carpet generally isn’t recommend as the fibers can trap allergens and mold can often grow, undetected, beneath the carpet pad. However, there are hypoallergenic carpets available in the market. If you do decide on carpet, make sure you don’t have a reaction to the carpet fibers and pick one that has a low pile so that pet dust, pollen, and other irritants can be vacuumed away. Better yet, consider getting a washable area rug.

Using these tips to select the right flooring can help you can tame allergies in your home. If you want to see how any of these flooring choices might look in your home, call the experts at Floor Coverings International of Northwest San Antonio today! We serve the greater San Antonio, Stone Oak, Alamo Heights areas and will come out for a free, in-home, design consultation to help you find the perfect floor for your lifestyle needs.

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