For many of us, spring not only means beautiful flowers and warmer weather, but it can mean sneezing and itchy eyes as well! If you or anyone in your family suffers from seasonal allergies, regularly cleaning your floors can decrease the allergens in your home. Depending on what kind of flooring you have in your home or are planning to purchase from your local Flooring Professional, regular upkeep differs from home to home, so check out our upkeep tips below!
Carpet – Although it may feel great underneath your feet, your carpet is the most likely suspect to trap any dust, dirt, or allergens that make their way into your home. The best way to eliminate allergens from carpet is to vacuum regularly with a vacuum that has a quality filter, so the allergens don’t get pushed back into the air.
Cork – Even though cork flooring can have a pore-like texture, it is naturally antimicrobial, which will virtually prevent any growth of mold, bacteria, and mildew, along with other allergens. You also have the option to add a special finish to further prevent allergens from collecting.
Hardwood and Bamboo– Hard flooring materials are the best option when it comes to eliminating the presence of allergens in your home because they are so easy to clean regularly. Although dust and dirt accumulate on the surface of hardwood and bamboo flooring, sweeping or vacuuming regularly will rid your home of these particles.
Tile – Tile is another great flooring material where allergens do not accumulate as easily, and is also easy to clean. If you have old tile in your home, it may be worth getting re-grouted to ensure that mold does not build in the grout. Other than the grout, tile does not absorb water or dust, so this material only requires a quick sweep every few days and a mopping as little as once a month.
All flooring types – Do your research on the brand and type of flooring that is in your home to make sure the materials are free of VOCs. These are volatile organic compounds, which are a type of compound that can become a vapor or gas, which may aggravate or stir up even more allergies or environmental sensitivities.
If you still have questions or concerns regarding the best way to eliminate allergens in your home, consult with your local Flooring Professional who will have all of the answers. For more helpful flooring tips, visit our resources page.