Fall is here, and it brings with it a new set of allergens. Plus, this is around the time of year when everyone in your home or office starts feeling sick. Did you know that installing hardwood flooring can dramatically reduce allergens? Here are some allergens to watch out for and what you can do to improve your health.
Types of Allergens
Dust mites: You may not be able to see dust mites, but that doesn’t mean that they aren’t there. They eat skin cells that you and your family shed and love to live in carpets, mattresses, and furniture. While they aren’t around for very long (months at the longest) the droppings they leave behind are what aggravates your allergies.
Pesticides: Did you spend a lot of time outdoors over the summer? Let’s say that you’ve been tending your garden before the weather cools down and your landscape starts going dormant. Whether you know it or not, you have been tracking pesticides into your home. However, according to the Environmental Protection Agency, it’s far less likely that these chemicals will stick to hardwood flooring.
Pet dander: Pet dander is left behind by the cats and dogs you share your home with. So when you have more pets, the more pet dander you’ll have to put up with. You should consider replacing all the carpet in your home and install hardwood flooring instead. That way, you can minimize the amount of pet dander in your home.
Replace Carpeting: Start by replacing the carpet in your home with hardwood floors. Doing this makes a difference, particularly if you do it in your bedroom. Smaller throw rugs can be used to protect the hardwood in high-traffic areas
Keep it clean: While it doesn’t have all of those fibers to trap dust and allergens, hardwood flooring still needs to be cleaned. A simple dry dust mop should do the trick for the day-to-day cleaning. For a deeper clean, you can use a hardwood-safe liquid cleaner.
Hardwood Flooring Installation and Maintenance from Jason Brown Wood Floors
At Jason Brown Wood Floors, our commitment to quality installation is clear in all that we do, which is why our customers consistently rate us as one of the top contractors in the region. We have been awarded Baltimore Magazine’s Best of Baltimore Award 4 times and have been proudly serving clients in Harford, Baltimore, Cecil, Howard, and Anne Arundel Counties and surrounding areas for over 16 years. If you’re ready to speak with someone about your hardwood flooring project, we want to hear from you! Contact us at 410-668-9131 or send us a message here.