Choosing a new floor comes with many decisions. Appearance, price, texture, durability, porosity, and so on…One often-overlooked quality, however, is how it’s hypoallergenic. Most people do not consider their floor’s protection against allergies until it is too late. So, if you are in the market for a new floor and you or any of your family members are victims of allergy season, install a hypoallergenic floor type. Here are a few flooring options that will keep allergies to a minimum.
Hardwood is an outstanding flooring choice for those with allergies or asthma. It is a flat surface that will not allow dust or pollens to infiltrate. Also, hardwood floors are easy to clean. Sweeping or mopping will remove allergenic materials with ease. The only caution is with regards to finishing or re-finishing a hardwood floor. Often times, adhesives used for finishing wood flooring have allergenic symptoms. True hardwood floors rarely have to be re-finished, perhaps once every ten years, so it’s not a major issue. Engineered wood or laminate wood, on the other hand, could produce long-term allergenic chemicals. It’s just something to watch out for. A hardwood floor adds a beautiful look to a home and can truly create a cozy feel. Its fight against allergenic particles is an added bonus.
Natural stone flooring is always a great option. For example, granite and marble flooring have a natural hardness that few other flooring options can match. Natural stone flooring is stunning and durable; it is also hypoallergenic. There are no spaces or creases for dust to settle for extended periods of time. As long as the floor is dusted from time to time, you should be a part of a very healthy home environment. Treat yourself with an appealing floor that will help you breathe clean air.
Linoleum flooring is a significantly cheaper option. It does not carry the lasting look of hardwood or natural stone; however, it does its job effectively when it comes to preventing allergies. Linoleum is antistatic and antibacterial. You heard that right. Its properties prevent dust and bacteria from sticking to it. Linoleum gets a bad rap for its looks, though, the floor type’s color options have expanded in recent years. Specifically, marmoleum flooring now exists. It is essentially the same thing as linoleum, only it offers more color options.
Ultimately, if you want anti-allergy flooring, avoid carpet. Unlike the previously mentioned flooring options, carpet is thick and difficult to clean. All sorts of dust and bacteria can get held up in carpet for who knows how long. Vacuuming helps a little, but the reality is carpet will always act as a trap for allergenic particles. Carpeting is becoming less and less common in homes, yet, most homes still have carpet somewhere throughout the living space. It remains a fine option for homeowners, just use it sparingly. A house with too much carpet will guarantee a serious build-up of dust, thus, proneness to allergies for its inhabitants.
We hope this has helped enlighten you to hypoallergenic flooring. Again, it is likely not the most important flooring consideration, but it should be a consideration. For any of your flooring needs, contact Floors Touch. We are your one-stop-shop for superior, hassle free and affordable home flooring solutions. Reach out to us today to transform your home with your ideal floor.