Dust. Dirt. Allergens. Germs. All of these things are a fact of life. They’re also incredibly common to find on the floor of your home, no matter how neat and tidy you are. Luckily, there are flooring products on the market that can help you keep these irritants to a minimum, giving you peace of mind.
Obviously, keeping clean floors is an integral part of keeping your environment allergen and germ-free – especially you’re concerned about using harsh chemicals or suffer from allergies. It is crucial, now more than ever, to find options that are safe and healthy for you as well as your family.
So, what are the options when it comes to finding flooring that is attractive, durable, antimicrobial and affordable?
Tile is a classic. It wears well, is a piece of cake to clean and doesn’t hold onto dust, pet dander or allergens easily. If tile flooring is your preference, choose a good ceramic or porcelain tile. Ceramic or porcelain tile is a great choice because it resists moisture, stains, and bacteria. By choosing a material that is already resistant to many forms of bacteria, keeping a clean floor can be as easy as sweeping it and simply mopping with a hypoallergenic cleaner.
Laminate flooring is great for high-traffic areas and is similar in appearance to hardware flooring but without the hefty price tag or care requirements! There are now antibacterial laminate products on the market that are specially designed to resist the adhesion of dust and germs, making it a great option for those with kids and pets. Ask about the options when considering laminate for your home.
Long gone is the ugly linoleum of your grandparents’ era! Modern vinyl flooring is long-lasting and easy to repair. Some options for vinyl flooring impersonate the appearances of tile, stone, and wood, offering you a wide range of style options.
The bonus? With the protective wear layer present in most luxury vinyl tiles, you can get away with just the sweeping and occasionally mopping. Spot cleaning is a slam dunk, keeping you from the arduous task of mopping all the time. Ask your flooring expert what he or she would recommend for your home and lifestyle.
There is no doubt that hardwood flooring remains a perennial favorite in floor choices for your home. Besides the aesthetically pleasing look of hardwood, it also provides a healthier, cleaner living environment. Because of its organic origin and non-electromagnetic nature, it attracts less dust resulting in little to no molds or allergens. It offers a low or no-VOC profile for those that are sensitive to chemicals.
Modern hardwood finishes also resist staining, scratches and other damage much more effectively than old-fashioned finishes, making it simpler than ever to care for.
Travertine, limestone, marble, granite and slate – all these flooring types will immediately add value to your home and cut down on germs. From rustic to elegant, stone is a great choice if you’re looking for an all-natural product.
Because stone flooring is hard and non-porous, it leaves no hiding spaces for dust and allergens. Again, check with your stone flooring provider for care instructions; you will find several “green” options for easy cleaning and maintenance of your new stone floor.
It is no surprise that carpet is one of the most popular types of flooring out there. Many people love the added warmth and softness it affords their homes. If you’re one who can’t imagine living without carpet but suffer from allergies, you don’t have to despair.
New carpet can give you a clean home. It may require a bit more maintenance but advanced materials and better vacuums allow allergy sufferers to have the carpet they love.
Today there is a wide variety of vacuum cleaners with highly effective filtration systems that will make a world of difference for all of you allergy sufferers. Ask your flooring specialist about dander neutralizers and allergen eliminators to help keep your new carpet clean and your home healthy.
It is important to make the right choice when investing in new flooring. We always recommended having an in-home, no-pressure evaluation with a designer who can give you guidelines and an estimate.
Make sure you do your research and find a reputable company with great reviews. Then, once you have that beautiful new flooring in your home just remember to choose safer products that say “petroleum-free,” “biodegradable,” “phosphate-free,” “VOC-free,” and “solvent-free.” Contact Express Flooring for more information and for your free in-home estimate – you will be happy you did!