Improving Air Quality: A Guide for Allergy-Friendly Spaces

Over 30% of Americans have allergies, with 25% dealing specifically with seasonal allergies like pollen reactions, according to the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC). This sizable number underlines the need for facility managers to prioritize improving indoor air quality.

Allergies kick in when your immune system overreacts to usually harmless things, known as allergens. These include pollen, pet dander, dust mites, and mold, triggering asthma attacks, according to the American College of Allergy, Asthma, & Immunology (ACAAI). Asthma affects about 26 million Americans, becoming a leading cause of chronic school absenteeism, as stated by the Asthma and Allergy Foundation of America (AAFA).

While we often focus on ventilation systems and filters for better indoor air quality, flooring remains a crucial yet sometimes overlooked factor contributing to allergen buildup. Dust, pet dander, and mold can collect on various flooring surfaces, potentially being disturbed and entering the air we breathe, particularly impacting sensitive individuals.


Flooring Choices for Better Air Quality

Different flooring options can help manage allergens effectively:

Hardwood Floors: Hardwood floors are a popular choice due to ease of cleaning and minimal allergen trapping, although particles might accumulate between closely installed floorboards, potentially fostering mold if not maintained properly.

Tile and Stone: Tile and stone floors don’t trap allergens themselves and can be easy to maintain. The down-side is that they require attention to grout lines where dust and allergens can build up.

Vinyl: Vinyl floors are another great choice as they don’t trap allergens, are easy to clean, and come in various styles. However, some types may emit volatile organic compounds (VOCs), so choosing low-VOC products is advised.

Carpet: Some textile-based flooring types offer the comfort of traditional carpet with better cleanability, although opting for low pile and suitable backing material is crucial for allergen removal.


Keeping Allergens at Bay through Regular Cleaning

Maintaining a low-allergen environment requires consistent cleaning and upkeep:

  • Follow a regular cleaning schedule, including vacuuming, mopping, and scrubbing, focusing on hidden spots where allergens gather.
  • Use entryway mats to reduce allergens entering the building.
  • Opt for gentler, low-VOC cleaning products to avoid adverse effects on sensitive individuals.
  • Minimize the use of strong fragrances, which can irritate sensitive airways.
  • Ensure proper ventilation and humidity control, especially in high-moisture areas, to prevent mold growth.
  • Consider annual steam cleaning for thorough removal of dirt and allergens from carpets and other textile-based flooring.
  • Targeted cleaning of grout lines in tile or stone floors helps eliminate accumulated dirt or debris.


At iNX, we recognize the critical importance of maintaining clean indoor air to alleviate allergies and respiratory issues. Trust our expertise to create a healthier, allergen-free environment tailored to your space. Contact us today by filling out the form below, and let’s ensure cleaner air for your facility!