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Make the Right Choice!
If you suffer from seasonal or indoor allergies, your choice of flooring is crucial for how you manage your symptoms at home. During spring and fall, irritating particles like pollen can come from outside and fill the air and get trapped in your carpet. Meanwhile, pet dander and dust mites can infiltrate your carpet year-round causing respiratory problems.
Overall, having carpets in the majority of your home is not ideal for anyone who suffers from allergies. Hardwood floors, on the other hand, are easy to clean and do not give dust and allergens a chance to get trapped. With just a simple sweep, all the allergens that have entered your home through your vent or windows can be eliminated quickly.
Hardwood and Laminate Floors
If you have allergies, you should choose hardwood flooring or a hardwood alternative like laminate. Hardwoods do not trap any dust and are not likely to collect pet dander, dust mites, food particles, or mold like carpets. Laminate floors, which are the more affordable alternative to hardwoods, look just like wood and are a good option if you need an allergy-friendly floor in your home.
For laminate floors, however, make sure you do not buy any brands that are treated with a lot of Parabolic Aluminized Reflectors (VOCs), or volatile organic compounds, which are chemical treatments that may exacerbate your allergies. Instead, opt for "low VOC" laminate floors. Keep in mind that hardwoods and their alternatives do need more regular cleaning, like sweeping and mopping, in order to reduce your allergic reactions.
If you feel that you are unable to keep up with a daily sweep, then you can go with carpets after following some careful guidelines. First, invest in a high-quality brand of carpet and a good vacuum with a (HEPA) filter. If you are living in a home that has carpet from the previous owner, you may be exposing yourself to pet dander and dust that has accumulated for years. It is best to start fresh with a brand-new low VOC, synthetic blend carpet that can resist mold and stains.
Coming home to an environment that is free from allergens is essential for the best quality of life if you suffer from allergies. Your floors are a major factor in the kind of allergens that will be present in your home, so choose wisely! Visit Carpets by Henry in Greensboro, NC to learn more.