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allergy–friendly floors – vinyl flooring

Vinyl Flooring

Flooring Type - Vinyl

Vinyl floors may be suitable for allergy sufferers but they have their risks. Vinyl flooring production involves the use of polyvinyl chloride (PVC), a material that, under high pressure, can emit poisonous (carcinogenic) toxins into the air. Read on to discover the pros and cons of vinyl flooring, as well as ways in which you may be able to prevent an allergy attack.


  • Moisture–resistant surface
  • Can be easy to maintain and keep clean


  • May emit high levels of volatile organic compounds (VOCs)
  • The top layer of some vinyl floor types can be brittle and may tear
  • Abrasive cleaners can damage the floor
  • Typical life span is 10 years

Vinyl Flooring Tips for an Allergy–Free Home

  • Tightly seal vinyl seams to prevent moisture from entering
  • Clean frequently to reduce allergens lying on the surface
  • Use an underlayment such as cork or foam rubber to reduce moisture transfer and prevent the chance of mold growth
  • Use cleaners recommended by the manufacturer