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Dust Allergy Friendly Flooring Solutions



Dust related allergies could lead to cold-like symptoms from a runny nose to watery eyes and sneezing. According to the National Institutes of Health, over 20 million Americans are thought to present the symptoms of allergies from exposure to common dust. Dust isn’t something made up, but in fact, it contains various tiny bodies from pet dander, pieces of dead cockroaches, in addition to dead skin and dust mites.

Prevention and containment is the most popular course of action for suffers from dust allergy. Large amounts of dust normally gather in mattresses, bedding, upholstered furniture, and in certain flooring solutions such as carpets. It is not an indication of how clean or dirty the house is, but how likely some materials are to collect dust.

If your current flooring solution relies on carpets be it wall-to-wall or even area rugs on top of another flooring solution, you need to ensure that you clean the area at least twice a week using a high-efficiency hoover. Area rugs such as the ones placed underneath the coffee and dining room tables should be washed in hot water.

While no flooring solution is immune from dust, certain flooring materials are more susceptible to collect dust than others. If the problem continues and your condition is aggravated you should investigate other forms of flooring solutions such as laminate, wood, and vinyl. These three do not collect dust in the same manner of carpet and together with a weekly cleaning regime often prove a useful countermeasure.

Wood Flooring – These floorboards are made from natural wood called solid wood flooring or from a combination of natural wood and artificial material called engineered wood flooring. The end product is the same in terms of dust friendly flooring as the surface is smooth thereby preventing build of dust in large amounts.

Laminate Flooring – These floorboards often mimic wood in their appearance, however, they are made from synthetic material as opposed to natural material. While laminate floors are useful to reduce household dust, the floor cannot be easily repaired. Dust can build up in cracks and grooves of a damaged floorboard, which unlike wood cannot be repaired.

Vinyl Flooring – These floorboards are made from plastic vinyl in a great number of colors. They eliminate the build-up of dust as the material is smooth and contains no pores in which dust can collect. Due to consumer demand, they are harder and harder to come by.

Ignoring the symptoms of dust allergy is a serious matter. They can cause allergic rhinitis and asthma, especially in young children.