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We take sanctuary in our homes. It is a safe haven and a comfort zone for all of us. But for people suffering from allergies, the house can also be a pit of unseen hazards. It is estimated that around 50 million people in the United States experience and suffer from allergy each year. Allergies is recorded to be one of the leading causes of chronic illnesses in the United States.
If we ask ourselves what could possibly trigger allergy and asthma at home, we may not be able to pinpoint everything right. Dust mites, molds, household pets, and smoke are indoor allergy triggers. You might miss your flooring doing the devil’s grin. We usually prioritize the texture and style when getting new flooring but we are not aware that a specific kind of flooring may have a strong effect on the household’s allergies.
If you are planning to install new flooring in your home because of issues concerning allergy, do a little research about the types of flooring out there and eye on the ones that are great in allergen reduction in your home. In this writing, we will tackle some of the choices you have to get you going.
First let us discuss the type of flooring you need to swipe left!
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Carpets are a minefield of pollen, dust, and other allergens. Trust me, many allergists hate synthetic carpets not only because they are hard to maintain, they also produce volatile organic compounds (VOCs) which sets off asthma and allergies. Carpets are definitely difficult to clean but you can always call your favorite cleaning service and have them cleaned on a regular basis. If you are on a budget, you can also do the cleaning on your own to save money.
Sure carpets are soft, warm, and cozy but for allergists – the love is just nonexistent. So if there are members in your household who have allergy issues, forget about going on a magic carpet ride because you would rather use your three wishes for something else than getting rid of a chronic disease caused allergy!
Make sure to install floorings that would not further irritate allergists. Remember to avoid floorings that emit VOCs.
For an allergen-free flooring, hard floorings are your guys. Hard surface flooring can be an allergist’s best friend as it does not absorb particles that are airborne and you can definitely avoid needing to dust with it.
One of the common choices for hard surface flooring is concrete floor. Although it is not everyone’s cup of tea, they are certainly simple but classy in a way with the right design concept. Concrete floors can be painted or “glazed” so you could still see the concrete look. Perfect for allergist, industrial design theme lovers!
Plain concrete flooring does not float your boat. Maybe you could try linoleums. It is often considered an alternative to the more costly flooring options. It is definitely way cheaper but still stylish. If you are trying to side more on the practicality side, then linoleums might be the solution.
For the warmer states, tiles are a big thing especially on specific rooms and areas of the house like the bathroom and kitchen. The interesting thing about tiles is that you have a variety of choices to choose from depending on your design theme. They come in variety of sizes and even complicated shapes to make your flooring stand out.
I do not know about you but I am biased towards wood flooring. The entire vibe wood floorings have, gives off a certain elegance to our home. It is also proven durable. You can always choose from actual hardwoods or the engineered ones.
When planning to install new flooring in your home or any other items, it is important to consider many things. But always prioritize the effect of your project on everyone’s health.