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Mother & Baby (Australia) - - Buyer’sguide -

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.”

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