Allergies can be terrible this time of year, especially in Northern Virginia where it seems the trees are boundless. Seasonal allergies can become a huge hindrance for those who are mildly affected down to those who have a severe case. These people not only have to pay special attention to the outdoors; they need to pay special attention to the indoors too. Take these flooring tips to help alleviate allergy symptoms.
In choosing flooring you first must consider what not to have in your ideal home. Stay away from carpeting with deep piles where allergens can gather. Carpeting may not be the most ideal choice for allergies, seeing as the presence of moisture from shampooing can increase mold growth, as well as it being a pure magnet for dirt, dander, and mites. We understand there are some rooms you would prefer carpeting in, which is why we suggest a good quality carpet. The denser the fibers are, the more likely they are to trap dirt, and to clean as well.
Hardwood flooring is a far better choice for allergy sufferers. Just be sure to stay away from hardwood floors with deep grooves where dirt and allergens can get trapped. Mold and mildew are hardly ever a concern with hardwood flooring except in extreme cases. Just clean the floors with an allergen free cleaner (one part white vinegar to one part water works best!) once a week at least to keep those allergens at bay!
Tiling is also an excellent option for allergy sufferers. Tile is great in areas that experience wetter conditions like the basement, kitchens and bathrooms. Tile resists mold and mildew more effectively than hardwood, and truly the most hypoallergenic option there is!
Allow us to help you choose a style that will fit your budget, your style, and your allergies! Whether you’re looking to improve your home or business, or to simply make a lifestyle change, we have the expertise and experience to give you exactly what you need!