• There’s a lot of conflicting research about whether people with allergies should have wall-to-wall carpet.
  • Allergies are often caused by house dust mites, which thrive in warm, humid environments and are commonly found in carpet, bedding, soft furnishings and clothing.
  • However, there’s also a growing body of research that suggests carpet actually traps the dust mites rather than allowing them to become airborne and is therefore more beneficial to allergy sufferers.

The Asthma Foundation of NSW recommends:

  • If you want carpet, low-pile varieties are better as there’s less area for dust mites to build up.
  • Vacuum at least once a week, using a vacuum cleaner with a high-efficiency particle air (HEPA) filter, or install an externally ducted vacuum cleaning system. At the very least, use double-walled vacuum bags.
  • While vacuuming, people with allergies should wear a mask and keep doors and windows open.

People with allergic reactions should stay out of the room for 20 minutes after vacuuming to give the dust allergens time to dissipate.