Allergy-proof flooring options can improve quality of life for asthma and allergy-sufferers. In addition to taking steps for cleaner indoor air, allergy-sufferers can consider hypoallergenic flooring options. In particular, carpeting traps skin particles, the favourite food of dust mites. Thus, replacing carpet with allergy-proof flooring can reduce allergens in the home.
Wooden flooring is naturally hypoallergenic. Floors cover a large surface in the home, and carpets harbor a cast of allergens. Removing carpet and installing or refurbishing wooden floors rids the home of built-up dander, pollen and dust mites.
Wooden flooring comes in a range of styles and budgets. Refurbishing existing floors is often the most cost-effective and environmentally-friendly option. However, in cases where installation is required, homeowners can choose from full hardwood to engineered hardwood to laminate. Moreover, increasingly popular bamboo flooring provides a more budget-friendly option while delivering a great natural-flooring result.
Wooden flooring is tough and can work throughout the home. However, some prefer an even more resilient option in some areas of the home. For example, in kitchens and baths where water can be an issue. While linoleum can suffer from an image problem, this great allergy-proof flooring is making a come-back with exciting colours and design options. To avoid a dated look, try bright solid colours or unique patterned designs.
Tough, non-porous, easy to clean and cool on the feet, tile can be an excellent allergy-proof flooring especially in warmer climates. While homeowners in Britain may wish to confine tile to kitchens and baths, it can be a great option for hallways and entrances. Though exceptionally durable tile installation can be pricey. However, for those looking to do something unique with their floors, tile can be amazing.
Other Ways to Allergy-Proof Your Home
Allergy-proof flooring is one piece of the puzzle. There are a number of steps you can take to allergy-proof your home:
- Wash bedding at least once a week in hot water. Use bedding made from silk or synthetic materials rather than wool or down. You can also cover your mattress and pillows with dust mite covers.
- Hang washable curtains, and wash them often.
- If it’s pollen season, keep the windows closed.
- If you have a pet, be sure to bathe them regularly to keep pet dander at a minimum.
- Potted plants can harbor mold; cover the surface of the soil with aquarium gravel to reduce its spread.
- Lay a doormat outside and inside each doorway to help prevent tracking allergens throughout the house. This is also beneficial to your hardwood floors and keeping them clean!
- Clean up any clutter that may hide dust bunnies.
- Avoid harsh chemicals that can irritate those with allergies. Try all-natural detergents and cleansers.
Floor Sanding for an Allergy-Free Home
Our floor sanding Essex service offers dustless sanding and low-VOC sealants. These are two of the ways we work to improve the indoor air quality of your home, a special consideration for allergy-sufferers. Simply Sanding works with floorboards, herringbone and mosaic floors, engineered and hardwoods. Contact us for a free, no-obligation quote!
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