Best Options for Allergy-Friendly Flooring
Allergies can make you miserable and the runny nose, itchy eyes, and sneezing isn’t limited to the time you spend outdoors. Your home's interior could be causing you problems too. If you live in a home that's filled with soft surfaces and textiles such as carpet, rugs, upholstered chairs, and drapes, they could be adding to your allergy woes. Surfaces like these are perfect collectors of some of the worst allergens around. Pet dander, pollen, mold spores, and dust mites tend to gather on soft surfaces. They can burrow into long-pile carpeting and hide from even the most attentive cleaner, and resulting in uncomfortable symptoms in anyone who's sensitive to them.
If you, or someone who resides with you, are allergic to common household pollutants like these, take steps to alleviate the culprits. Switch out upholstered chairs for leather, plastic, or wood. Nix the drapes and get rid of any area rugs. Also, use environmentally friendly cleaning products to dust and vacuum. Most importantly, considered switching out carpet for a more allergy-friendly flooring. Two popular options include hardwood and vinyl floors.
Hardwood comes in a wide variety of woods and finishes. This meaning it can be made to match nearly any interior, and while hardwood tends to cost a bit more than vinyl flooring or laminated flooring, it has the added benefit of bumping up your home's resale value. Hardwood flooring comes in an array of varieties from domestic oak and maple to more exotic bamboo or acacia. Choose from wide planks or thin strips to create a look that's fitting with your home's style. Add a dark, light, or neutral finish to achieve a look you love.
If you're picturing your grandma's worn Linoleum flooring, you'll be pleased to know that vinyl floors have come a long way since the 1950’s. Today's luxury vinyl is easy to install, easy to maintain, and can be manufactured to mimic all manner of high-end finishes. A photographic process produces vinyl that looks deceptively like wood, tile, marble, stone, and more. You get all the look of pricier finishes without the cost and difficult upkeep.
Flooring that goes down easy, looks great and lasts for years is a must, especially for anyone haunted by allergies. Choose wisely when deciding upon the best floor covering to best suit your lifestyle.