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How Flooring Choices Can Help Allergy Sufferers

Posted: Thursday, September 03, 2009

Indoor allergies can be as potent and debilitating as outdoor allergies. Keeping a home free of allergens for those who suffer from their effects can be difficult, but the choice of flooring in a home can drastically improve the situation. In order to reduce indoor allergens, homeowners should avoid carpeting and heavy or shaggy rugs at all costs. Even with constant vacuuming, carpeted surfaces are the perfect home for dust, pet dander, and all sorts of allergens.

 

To reduce indoor allergens, try hardwood flooring. Hardwood floors are easy to clean and will not trap allergens. Hardwood floors come in many different colors and grains, so they work in many different rooms and will match with any style. Bamboo floors and cork floors are similar to hardwood flooring in that they will not trap dust. Those two floor types are also naturally resistant to microbes and dust mites, adding an additional layer of protection. In areas of the home where moisture is an issue, such as the bathroom or kitchen, hardwood floors are not a viable option. Instead, opt for vinyl flooring. It is also an easy to clean surface and will not promote the growth of allergens.

 

Regardless of the floor type used, staying true to a cleaning routine is the next best way to handle indoor allergies. Use walk off rugs at entry points to the house to trap dust and dirt, and then beat the rugs outside. Sweep floors daily and once a week, wet mop them according to the floor type and manufacturer’s instructions. Overall, your choice of flooring and cleaning habits will make indoor allergies easy to bear.