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Carpet vs. Hardwood
People who suffer from allergies have to be especially careful about what they put on their floors. Carpet of all types can be home to all sorts of allergens, including dust mites, mold spores, and pet dander. Also, carpets are magnets for potentially toxic chemicals including cleaning products, insecticide, and even food waste.
The bottom line is that if you have allergies or if you have regular visitors who have allergies, hardwood floors, and not carpets, are best. Such floors can always be decorated with an easily washable rug to add warmth and color.
If you choose the hardwood option, what choices do you have?
Some people who are working with a limited budget can choose a laminate floor instead of actual wood. The added benefit of this kind of floor is that you’ll have a great variety of designs from which to choose.
If you opt for real wood, you might want to make sure that the material has a low Volatile Organic Compounds (VOCs) content. VOCs are chemicals such as paint or varnish that are used to treat wood to give it a more attractive appearance. However, these chemicals can contribute to poor indoor air quality, which isn't great for those who suffer from allergies.
Nonetheless, hardwood remains an allergy-friendly flooring option because it will not trap dust, dirt, or other harmful particles. Any particles can usually be swept from the floor's surface without any long-term consequences. Carpet, on the other hand, tends to trap these particles. Of course, you will still have to keep your hardwood floors clean to make sure that dust does not accumulate. But hardwoods are much easier to maintain than are carpeted floors.
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