Best Flooring for Asthma Sufferers
If someone in your home suffers from indoor allergies, you'll want to keep this in mind when renovating, especially when it's time to choose your flooring material. Some materials, such as hardwood, are much more allergy-friendly than others like carpet. Replacing textiles in your home with more allergy-friendly materials can help reduce indoor allergens by significant amounts and making life much easier on you and on those you love. Use these tips below to help you decide where to begin.
Wool Carpeting and Allergies
Wool carpeting is the ideal carpet option for those who regularly suffer from allergies. Whether you have seasonal allergies or allergies caused by dust, mold, or mildew, wool carpets can help ease your symptoms. You will no longer have to suffer from runny noses, itchy eyes, or scratchy throats. Today’s carpets are made from polyester or nylon. These fibers are synthetic blends and have been proven safe for those with allergies and asthma. Since these non-organic carpets are lab created, it leaves no place for allergens to thrive in. Wool fibers are hypo-allergenic. The coil-like fibers disperse moisture which makes it resistant to bacteria, mold and mildew and makes it harder for dust mites to survive.
Are Hard Flooring Surfaces Better than Carpet?
Hardwood floors are gorgeous and appealing to the eye. They improve your home's resale value and are the most durable flooring materials on the market. Hardwood floors are also easy to clean and, unlike carpet, they won't harbor notorious allergens. Pet dander, mold spores, and pollen can easily be wiped away with a damp cloth, which leaves your home with cleaner air quality and your family with fewer allergy symptoms.
There are two main types of hardwood flooring on today's market including solid wood flooring and engineered wood flooring. Both are durable and attractive, but each has subtle differences that could make an impact on someone who suffers from indoor allergies. Solid wood flooring does not typically emit harmful volatile organic compounds, or VOCs, that can aggravate allergies. Engineered hardwood floors come in “green” options that are formaldehyde-free. When properly cared for, hardwood is a good flooring option for those who suffer from allergies.
If you're in the market for new flooring, and you have a family member with allergies, be sure to check out the many attractive options that hardwood provides. Easy maintenance, long-lasting appeal, and a great Return On Investment (ROI) are only a few reasons to consider replacing your existing floors with solid or engineered hardwood.
To learn more about Allergy-Friendly Flooring, contact Modern Carpet One Floor & Home, or visit our showrooms in Annapolis, Lanham, and Temple Hills, MD. We proudly serve Annapolis, Arnold, Severna Park, Crownsviile. Edgewater , Riva, Pasadena, Gambrills, Millersville, Odenton, Harwood and Lothian, MD.