Anyone with eyes can tell you that European oak floors are beautiful, but did you know they create a healthier home environment too? Replacing carpet with wooden flooring can lead to a range of positive health outcomes, especially for asthma sufferers. At the end of the day, a health secured life is much more important than stylish home decoration.
Wood Floors vs Carpeted Floors
A great way of understanding why wooden flooring is the best option for those with allergies is to compare it to the worst option: carpet. Carpet attracts and traps dust particles, pollen, pet hair, and dust mites. All of these are bad news if you have asthma. Dust mites are living proof that nature can be really disgusting – they feed primarily on flakes of dead human skin that fall onto the floor and work their way down to the depths of your carpet. Dust mites eat them and these tiny creatures then excrete waste products that cause and aggravate allergy symptoms. It’s the circle of life.
Even if you vacuum your carpet often, you’ll never get the mites or their excrement out of it. Not to mention all the other allergens clinging to the carpet fibres. Hardwood flooring, on the other hand, keeps such allergens on the surface where they are easily cleaned away. The conditions that attract dust mites to carpet never occur on wooden floors that are well kept.
Wooden Floors, Doctor’s Orders
Installing a wooden floor – or removing carpet to reveal an old one – is a great way to fight allergens. Wood floors won’t hold dust, pet hair and dandruff, or dust mites. The hard surface leaves no room to hide for dust mites, and it cleans easily, leaving a dust and hair-free surface. Plus, there are no odours from smoke, pets, and food staying in the environment to cause reactions either. But it’s not enough just to install oak flooring and then leave it, you also need to maintain the floor correctly .
Keeping Your Wooden Floor Allergen Free
We’re not trying to say that hardwood flooring is some magic solution to the problem of allergens. Dirt can still build up on wooden floors, and it can be worse in some ways – rather than in the carpet, the allergens are on the surface, ready to be kicked up. However, to make a carpet allergen-free is next to impossible, whereas with wooden flooring it’s very easy.
You’ll need to do a deep clean once or twice a year, for the sake of your floor’s health. But for your health, what’s important is your regular cleaning routine. So, once or twice a fortnight, do the following:
- Get rid of as much dust, hair, pollen, grit, and other offending material by giving your floor a light, dry mop with special dusting mop. It’s important to do this first, as the bigger bits of grit you’ll get now could scratch your floor during the next step.
- Once all that nasty stuff is gone, give your floor a more thorough clean by vacuuming or sweeping. Use a floor brush attachment for your vacuum, and if sweeping ensure you use an electrostatic broom.
Enjoy the Clean Air
If you maintain your wooden flooring properly, you should see a drop in allergic reactions around your home compared to carpet. Enjoy the feeling!