Hard floors are easier to allergy-proof than carpets – an important consideration, especially when bub starts to crawl. If you’re moving house or renovating, look for hard flooring options with antimicrobial properties that can be installed without using harsh solvents, paints or lacquers. However, if you prefer a softer floor covering, Adam Trumble from the National Asthma Council’s Sensitive Choice program, says some of the newer carpets have in-built anti-allergy properties.
“Whatever floor covering you have, you can minimise allergens with regular vacuuming and mopping, and having floors steam- cleaned and properly dried,” Adam says. “If you’re buying a new vacuum cleaner, opt for one designed for people with allergies, such as those with a high- efficiency particulate air (HEPA) filter, because they are less likely to blow allergens back into the air. And, if your baby has a dust-mite or mould sensitivity, keep him in another room while you vacuum and for 20 minutes afterwards.”