|Allergy Free Hardwood Floor
The natural hypoallergenic features of most hardwood species have made it all the rage with the millions of allergy victims across the world. Hardwood flooring is free from fibers and grout lines, eradicating breeding grounds for mite, pet dander and other dust particles. When selecting hardwood flooring, it is imperative to buy one without Volatile Organic Compounds (VOC).VOC's are believed to aggravate existing allergies, cause new symptoms to develop, and even increase risks of cancer.
Some hardwoods however, are known to trigger symptoms of allergy sufferers and its dust can cause a number of respiratory and contact dermatitis allergic reactions in humans. These are caused by the sawdust; and allergies can be prevented by simply wearing a dust mask during installation of the floors.
- Cork - it has a natural wax material inside of it which helps to repel bugs, germs and mold; which is an excellent choice for those plagued by allergy symptoms.
- Cocobolo - exposure to the fine dust may produce a rash on the skin resembling a poison ivy rash.
- Tasmanian Oak - contact dermatitis caused by sawdust
- Lacewood - sawdust may cause skin irritation or respiratory problems.
- Honduran Mahogany, Iroko, Ipe, Bolivian Cherry, Brushbox, Bloodwood and Bubinga- have been known to cause both dermatitis and respiratory reactions when coming into contact with the sawdust.
Use microfiber mops versus dust mops on hardwood
- Buy hardwood flooring that is low or free of VOCs.
- Purchase a vacuum with HEPA- High Energy Particular Air that can filter air borne and surface allergies. Ensure it does not have a beater bar as this will damage the floor.
- Use allergy friendly cleaners that do not emit gases which may trigger symptoms.
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