Hardwood Floors May Help Lessen Your Allergies

by Rachel Laurendeau on March 21, 2012

If you suffer from allergies or asthma, some basic home improvements to allergy-proof your home may be just what the doctor ordered. A number of areas of your home could be addressed, but changing out your carpet for hardwood flooring can create a great impact by reducing major sources of allergens.

The Dirt on Carpet

Wall-to-wall carpets can trap dust, pet dander, harbor dust mites, and all manner of dirt; all triggers for allergy sufferers. These can affect your breathing, eyes, nose and skin. Replacing carpets with hard-surface flooring is a great way to avoid or remove allergens from your home. One great flooring option is hardwood floors since they look beautiful, are timeless, there are so many looks to choose from and they add value to your home. According to the Asthma and Allergy Association of America, “hardwood floors are an ideal type of floor for persons with allergies and asthma.”

Maintaining Air Quality During Installation

Installing and finishing hardwood flooring can create dust in your home and some of the finishes may affect air quality and trigger your allergies. That’s the last thing you want, so it is a good idea to discuss your concerns with your flooring expert before they start the job. They may recommend installing prefinished hardwood floors, or using water-based low-VOC (Volatile Organic Compounds) finishes to ensure high standards of indoor air quality. It is worth calling a number of contractors to find the right one who is willing to work with you and who can accommodate your needs.

Keeping It Clean

Once your new floors have been installed, keeping them clean is a breeze. A little maintenance will go a long way in keeping your floors looking new and the dust at bay. Start by placing mats or small rugs at all entryways. They will trap dirt and dust and prevent you from tracking it all over the house. Of course, you’ll have to vacuum these regularly. You can also take your shoes off at the door, leaving all the outdoor dirt where it belongs – outdoors. In addition, you will want to sweep your hardwood flooring with a soft-bristle broom or dust mop often.

Not only will installing hardwood floors in your home add beauty and value, your new flooring is also a first step in allergy-proofing your home and creating the healthy environment that you deserve. Your no-longer itchy eyes and watery nose will thank you!

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