Hardwood floors are the best choice when the main concern is a healthy and ecological environment. We are all aware that indoor air quality (not only in residential homes, but business offices and commercial areas) is one of the top health threats. When you install hardwood floors, you will deliberately and actively contribute to a healthy living environment. Hardwoods are easily cleaned with non-toxic products, and do not trap allergens like mold spores, bacteria and dust mites often embedded in other flooring products, creating and maintaining better air quality, especially for people suffering from allergies. For this reason, they are recommended for chemically sensitive individuals, or those who suffer from allergies or asthma. Wood floors are easily kept clean and do not hold these kinds of irritating allergens, this way helping asthmatics and respiratory sensitive individuals live healthier lives.
A very important aspect is the amount of dust, dirt and bacteria that carpets retain. Hardwood floors trap far less pollen, mites and mold. They don't harbor animal dander and dust and clean up quicker and more effectively than carpeting.
Doctors often recommend hardwood floors over other floor coverings because they trap less animal dander, dust, pollen, mites and mold – all of which can trigger allergic symptoms and respiratory problems. The droppings of dust mites – those microscopic monsters that colonize bedding, curtains and carpets, are significant allergens that have been linked to rapidly rising rates of allergies and asthma. Every home has dust mites and even frequent vacuuming won't eliminate them, or their droppings, altogether.
Here are few pieces of simple advice:
- Remove carpeting from the bedrooms of allergy sufferers. In fact, natural hardwood floors throughout your home make it easier for you to reduce allergens by eliminating a haven for dust mites, all the while keeping your home warm and inviting.
- Enclose mattresses and pillows in zippered dust-proof vinyl coverings. These help to keep the dust mites and their droppings away from those with allergies.
- Keep humidity levels in your home at a steady 50 percent or lower. Dust mites can't survive when the humidity level is this low.