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Can carpets be asthma & allergy friendly?

    Allergen avoidance in the home is traditionally accepted as part of a management plan for asthma and allergies. There is a historical practice of recommending against carpet for those with asthma and allergies[1]–[4]

    Newly laid carpets may emit Volatile Organic Compounds (VOCs). Dust and allergen retention may also be a concern and, as a carpet wears and the pile density increases, allergen removal becomes more difficult. [5] Additionally, carpets are more difficult and expensive to clean than hard surfaces. [6]

    Soft flooring products, or textile flooring options have been developed to provide people with a hybrid option, with the comfort of carpet, but the resilience and cleanability of harder flooring products.

    The objective of Allergy Standards Ltd (ASL)’s Certification Program is to identify products that have been scientifically demonstrated to reduce triggers of asthma and allergy, leading to healthier indoor air.

    This paper will be made public at EACCI 2023 from 09 – 11 June 2023 in Hamburg, Germany

    Dr Gráinne Cunniffe, Alannah Byrne, Jennifer Whelan, Dr John McKeon

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