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Can Hardwood Flooring Make You Healthier?

People are more health conscious than any other time and history. We here, at The Floor Shop, think that’s awesome! Your health is the most important asset you have, and we believe the old saying “health is wealth!” More and more, people are taking a holistic approach to their health. Nowadays, health isn’t just what we eat or how we exercise, it’s also what we wear, what we drive, and even what kind of floor we have in our homes. People are constantly asking us some variation of this question: Can hardwood flooring make me healthier?

We don’t have to tell you about the perks of hardwood flooring. It’s the most desirable flooring option on earth, bar none. But now, there’s a belief among home owners that hardwood flooring is healthier and safer than other options, say carpeting or laminate or tile. That belief is based on a variety of factors, such as the belief that having wood flooring makes it more difficult (if not impossible) to accumulate dust or allow mold to take hold. Is that really true? Well, it’s a simple question with a not so simple answer.

Less exposure to allergens

Many people believe that carpeting is a breeding ground for allergens like dust mite and pollens. The theory goes that these particles can easily get in and stay trapped in your carpet. You might think that the carpet industry would strenuously dispute this allegation. If you think that, you would be wrong.

Studies have shown that there are more airborne particles (such as dust) in rooms with carpets than in those with hardwood floors. Keeping your carpet clean and vacuumed on a regular basis can improve the air quality but not as much as getting rid of your carpeting altogether.

Doesn’t hardwood get dusty too?

The main difference between a dusty carpet and dusty hardwood is that with hardwood flooring, you can actually see the dust and therefore quickly remove any allergens by dusting, vacuuming or sweeping. And according to leading Allergy Associations and Trade Groups all say that Hardwood Flooring is the most allergy safe flooring type that you can buy. It’s the best flooring choice for people with allergies and respiratory issues, such as asthma. So if you’re someone with those kind of issues, hardwood flooring definitely can make you healthier, at least in that respect.

Less Exposure of mold and mildew

While we hear a lot about the “carpet versus hardwood flooring debate”, the one place there is no debate is on the moisture front. Carpet and hardwood flooring experts both agree that carpet has no place in high moisture areas. Health Canada recommends that homeowners to remove and replace wet or most carpet. The moist carpet is a breeding ground for mold and mildew. So can hardwood flooring really make you healthier?

For anyone with respiratory issues, it can certainly help protect them from certain triggers. It is much easier to clean and keep sanitary making it a good choice when making choices to protect your health and the health of your family.

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