A guide to carpet for asthma and allergy sufferers

The myth about carpet and allergies

Many people believe that having carpet flooring in the home aggravates allergies and asthma. This is not necessarily true. Just because you have allergies doesn’t mean you can’t have carpet in your home, or should go out of your way to avoid it.

In fact, studies have demonstrated that there is little connection between allergies and carpet. Carpet, unlike other flooring options, has the ability to trap allergens and prevent them from being air born which is what causes the real damage.

What is hypoallergenic carpet?

There is no industry standard when it comes to hypoallergenic carpet, while some may be marketed as more allergy friendly than others this may not always be the case. However, the below carpets are usually safe options when it comes allergies.

Woollen Carpet

While most people believe that carpet aggravates allergies and asthma, studies have shown that in fact, carpet reduces dust in the air more than hard surfaces. What does sometimes agitate allergies and asthma, as well as skin conditions such as eczema, is synthetic carpet. That is why if you are sensitive to allergies the best option is to always go with natural wool carpet. Natural wool is not synthetic and is gentle on your skin.  The lack of moisture in wool makes it difficult for dust mites to survive which is a major cause for those with allergies and asthma.

Nylon Carpet

The second recommended option for carpet buyers who are sensitive to allergies and asthma is nylon carpet. Nylon is a tough and durable man-made fibre. Nylon carpets are often made with materials that will repel allergens.

Keep your carpet clean

While it has been proven that carpet DOES NOT enhance the symptoms of asthma and allergies, there are some things you should do to maintain your carpet and ensure it stays safe and wheeze free. For example, if you have pets, the carpet can trap dander, which is a known allergen. If you are buying carpet it is worth investing in a good vacuum cleaner. This is particularly true for those who suffer from allergies and asthma. The carpet can contain the allergens and prevent them from becoming airborne, but only if it is cleaned regularly.

If you are still unsure about how carpet might affect your asthma or allergies why not speak to an expert? Andersens carpet experts are always ready to answer any questions you may have concerning carpet or flooring of any kind give us a call today 1800 016 016.

Five Reasons Tiles Make Great Flooring

Tile flooring is not just for bathrooms and toilets, it can also be an excellent choice for kitchens, outdoor spaces, and even living rooms. Here are five reasons tiles make a great flooring option throughout the family home.

Tiles are versatile

Tiles come in a variety of textures, colours and styles. This means that no matter what space you are flooring you are sure to find a tile that suits that space just perfectly. Tiles are not just for wet areas, they can also add a touch of class and elegance to general living spaces. You might opt for a classic, minimalistic look with large white or black tiles in a living room or entrance. For a more exotic look, experiment with different colours and patterns in the style of Moroccan and Spanish architecture. The variety of options for tile flooring is truly endless.

Tiles a Low maintenance for start to finish

Laying tiles is a relatively easy task for a qualified tiler. Once the tiles are laid, you will find that they are very easy to maintain. You won’t need to invest in expensive cleaning products, simply use soap and water to mop your floors and vacuum regularly. Good quality tiles are extremely durable, when you invest in quality tiling they will last you a lifetime.

Tiles are great for pets and kids

For homes that have pets and kids, tiles are a practical choice of flooring. When it comes to spills and mess, tiles are perhaps the easiest flooring option to clean. Most tiles are 100 percent stain resistance. You won’t have to worry about accidents that are part of family living.

Tiles are good for your family’s health

Tiles will not harbour dust or mites, they are non- allergenic. That’s why they make an excellent flooring option for those who have an allergy or asthma suffer in the family.

Tiles create natural cooling

Here in Queensland, tiles are a very popular choice as for the most the year, the climate is incredibly hot, and tiles provide natural cooling in the home. If you have a particularly hot area of your house, consider unglazed clay tiles clay tiles as they have the ability to spread heat evenly. This is much cheaper way to cool your house than blasting the air-conditioner and it is better for the environment.

If you are thinking that tiles might be the perfect flooring option for your family home, check out the wide range of tiling options available at your local Andersens or visit the Andersens website http://andersens.com.au/floor-coverings/tile-flooring/

Vinyl Flooring makes a comeback in 2017

You may or may not have noticed that many people are choosing vinyl as a flooring option in 2017. Here are some of the reasons why vinyl flooring is making a comeback and why you may want to consider vinyl flooring in your home or workspace.

Quality

People often associate vinyl with low-quality linoleum. The truth is that vinyl flooring has come a long way from the cheap nasty lino of the past. These days you can get stunning high-quality luxury vinyl that looks great and is built to last. This flooring option is a particularly popular choice for kitchens, bathrooms, laundries and other high-traffic areas of your home.

Versatility

The great thing about vinyl flooring is that it is highly versatile. This gives you the opportunity to have creative control when it comes to decorating your floor. With vinyl, you can choose from hundreds of patterns and colours. There are vinyl patterns that imitate natural colours of stone or timber, and bolder vinyl colours and patterns to give your floor a unique flair. Whatever your personal taste, there is surely a vinyl pattern to suit your home. Loose Lay Vinyl Floors gives you the added bonus of being able to easily pick up your flooring and move it from room to room if you feel like a change in décor. It can work for both residential and commercial spaces including offices, workshops and warehouses.

Affordability

If you’ve been dreaming of a stunning stone or marble floor but don’t want to put a strain on your budget, why not give vinyl a try? There are plenty of vinyl patterns that mimic other forms of flooring such as your favourite timber, and nature textures of stone or tile but with a much lower price tag. If you want to save yourself some serious bucks on flooring, vinyl is certainly the way to go.

Easy to Clean and Maintain

Vinyl is a popular flooring choice for messier parts of the home, such as the kitchen and laundry due to the fact that it is one of the easiest flooring surface options to clean and maintain. This also makes it a great flooring option for commercial spaces such as offices and workshops. If you want floors that will cause you minimum hassle, vinyl is the perfect option.

Family-friendly

Vinyl is becoming a very popular choice for family homes. Along with the benefits of affordability, and easy maintenance, vinyl tends to be particularly comfortable underfoot which is great for kids, and it is also much quieter than timber flooring which can be important to families and people with pets who might have a habit of running around the house.

If you are interested in vinyl flooring for your home or commercial space, get in contact with Andersens to arrange a free measure and quote today.

Tile Trends 2017

Here in Queensland, tiles are a particularly popular choice for the home. They are easy to clean, extremely durable and best of all they are naturally cooling for those long hot Queensland summers. If you are thinking about adding a touch of tile to your home, here are some of the biggest tile trends of 2017.

Black Grout

Black grout with white tiles in the bathroom looks incredibly chic and stylish not only that, it’s also very practical. Black grout will cut down the time you spend deep cleaning your shower.

Mix and Match

In 2017 home decorating trends are all about adding flare and originality to spaces by mixing up textures, patterns and shapes. This can be achieved very effectively with tiles. For example, you might choose a shape or colour of tile for your bathroom floor that contrasts against the tiles on your wall. If you want to achieve this mix and match look, remember to keep the colour scheme monotone so as not to create an effect that is too overwhelming.

Subway Tiles

If you’ve been paying any attention to home design over the last year you would be familiar with the ‘subway tile’ which is the tile style of the moment. This style of tile, as it names suggests, is similar in shape to tiles found in subways, metros and train stations all over the world. If you want to use the subway tile in a way that stands out, you can experiment with playing around with its arrangement. Create different patterns and explore colour options. These are a great tile choice for both bathrooms and kitchens.

Marvellous Mable

Mable has been making waves on the home design scene over the last year, particularly in bathrooms and kitchens. If it’s in your budget, real marble is beautiful and creates a luxury look that can’t be beaten. However, if you want to save a few bucks, you can always opt for a ‘marble look’ tile instead.

Morocco tiles

Moroccan tiles will certainly always create a big impact affect in any room of the house.  They come in all varieties of colours and patterns and will certainly add a touch of the exotic to your home. Moroccan tiles look particular effective in the kitchen in the form of a splashback.

If this article has left you feeling inspired and ignited your passion for tiles, why not check out Andersens extensive range by visiting http://andersens.com.au/floor-coverings/tile-flooring/ or to speak to an Andersens flooring expert over the phone, call 1800 016 016.