eco-friendly rug
Courtesy of Dash and Albert

Downsize

"The larger and plusher a rug, the harder it is to remove allergens from it," says Dr. Bernstein. "Low-pile rugs are better, because fewer allergens get stuck in the fibers."

Natural materials like cotton, sisal, jute, sea grass, and hemp are often woven into thinner rugs, making them smart options.

• Zanzibar ticking rug from Dash & Albert.