Got Allergies? Lose the Carpet!
If you suffer from allergies like one in five people in the U.S., you may want to think twice about that carpeted floor before romping with the kids or playing tug with the dog. The allergens that drive you crazy with watery, itchy eyes, runny nose and sneezing are embedded in the soft surfaces all around you. Upholstered furniture, bedding, curtains and especially carpeting can make up to 75 percent of the surfaces in your home!
Carpeting is a reservoir for dust mites, pet dander, mold spores and other allergy-causing substances that lurk within the fibers. Carpeting can contain 100 times more allergens than hard surface floors. Not only that, but the slightest movement can disturb these allergens and send up a cloud of discomfort that can circulate for hours.
Carpet allergies are most worrisome for families with small children. A child’s immune system is more sensitive to foreign substances like those in allergens, and children spend a lot of time closer to the floor. To avoid carpet allergies, consider replacing carpeting with hard surface flooring, especially in the bedroom where you spend about one third of your lifetime.
Hard surface flooring, such as hardwood, laminate and vinyl, doesn’t harbor dust mites and other allergens and is much easier to clean. Hard surface floors are a smart choice that can improve the quality of your home environment by eliminating carpet allergies.
Reduce indoor allergens with hard surface flooring
Solid hardwood and engineered hardwood are strikingly beautiful and long-lasting. Hardwood floors come in a wide variety of types, textures and colors, but unlike carpet, don’t contribute to carpet allergies. You won’t be sacrificing comfort either because wood’s natural beauty and warmth are inviting both to the eye and touch.
For budget-minded homeowners who want a carpet-allergy-free home, laminate flooring is an exceptionally good choice. Laminate floors offer an amazing selection of designs with the look and texture of real wood and stone at a fraction of the cost. Plus, they’re low-maintenance and practically indestructible. Laminate flooring stands up to the wear and tear of kids and pets, yet resists the buildup of allergens.
For carpet allergy suffers looking for an eco-friendly hard surface floor, look no further than linoleum. Among the “greenest” of floors, linoleum is made from natural materials like linseed oil, limestone and mineral pigments. It’s naturally anti-static, anti-bacterial and biodegradable. Linoleum is durable and loved for its deep and vivid colors.
When shopping for hard surface floors, you’ll want one with a low VOC rating. Volatile organic compounds are gases that can trigger allergic reactions, asthma and upper respiratory infections. Look for hard surface floors with a FloorScore™ certification that guarantees the product meets or exceeds low emission standards, will not adversely affect indoor air quality and has passed a third party certification process.
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