Installing Floors to Prevent Allergens
Installing floors correctly can add to the beauty and comfort of any home but did you know that it can also help to reduce allergies? Allergens come from many sources, both inside and outside the home. Flooring, in particular, can be a hidden source of toxins and allergens. Installing proper flooring can save you from years of misery.
Hardwood floors are a great choice for hypoallergenic flooring. Not only is it beautiful, but it doesn’t trap dust, pollen and other nasties in hidden crevices and nooks like carpet and rugs do. Be sure to opt for polyurethane finishing or varnish as organic solvents can contain chemical compounds that may affect sensitive people.
Carpet doesn’t have to be irritating. An organic carpet that is kept clean can be hypoallergenic. A cotton or jute carpet pad paired with real wool carpeting is a tasteful and safe choice for most allergy sufferers. Of course, even with this combination, regular vacuuming is a must, as dust, pollen and toxins tend to accumulate in carpet fibers. Installing the correct carpeting can be as important as installing floors.
Believe it or not, linoleum tile is a natural product made of linseed oil and jute. This makes it an excellent choice of installing flooring for individuals who are sensitive to harsh chemicals and toxins. Vinyl, for instance, is full of petrochemicals and solvents which create irritating fumes. As if this weren’t enough, real linoleum does not produce the static electricity that creates allergy-aggravating dust bunnies.
Real cork is another great option for hypoallergenic flooring. Cork is a bark from a type of oak tree. We all know how well cork floats. This is because its cell structure resists water and other liquids. Because of this, it does not trap allergens within its material. It can be used anywhere as an alternative to vinyl.
These are just a few of the options available. Your flooring needs are as unique as you are and, if you are an allergy sufferer, take this into account when you are installing floors. Ask your professional floor installer which option is best for you.
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