When seasonal and indoor allergies impact your life or that of a loved one, it can be frustrating trying to limit allergen exposure, especially in the home. However, there's one easy way to quickly limit the allergens that are present in your home by selecting the right flooring and undertaking specific cleaning tasks. Some flooring types can harbor allergens while others make it easy to get rid of these bothersome problems. Here's a quick look at how to feel better by reducing your exposure to allergens present in flooring.

There are many allergens that can cause significant symptoms, including dust, pet dander, pollen and many more. Unfortunately, many of these allergens tend to stick around in soft furnishings, such as curtains, throw blankets, pillows and carpets, making it difficult to remove them from the indoor environment. This can lead to stronger reactions as your immune system reacts to the higher concentrations of these allergens. By removing some of these furnishings, you can also eliminate some of the allergens that are causing your symptoms.

Fortunately, you don't have to give up your home's style for health reasons, just make a few adjustments. Carpet can be a huge issue for people with allergies, as its long fibers make an excellent place for allergens to hide, just to be released again when the fibers are stirred up through daily traffic. Switching your home's carpeted flooring to a hard surface option may drastically reduce the amount of allergens in your home and relieve the severity of your symptoms, especially when combined with cleaning routines to remove allergens that may otherwise become airborne.

But what type of flooring is considered hard surface? Hardwood, bamboo, laminate, cork, vinyl and glass, ceramic or porcelain tile all fit the description, providing you with a wide selection of materials, colors, finishes and appearances to match your home's existing decor. Once you've made the changes, you'll be able to add wet or static mopping to your routine to remove excess allergens from your home.

What if you're not sure whether you want to switch to a hard surface flooring in your home? There are many options available depending on your particular reason for disliking this type of flooring. Adding radiant heat to hard surface flooring makes it warmer and more welcoming than unheated floors, a common complaint for many people. Using cork or similar non-carpet flooring can provide both a softer feel underfoot as well as the benefits of easy cleaning. If you're set on having carpet in your home, there are a few varieties available that are able to help reduce mold and dust mites, which in turn reduces the impact of these allergens on your health.

By carefully selecting what kind of flooring you use in your decor, you can quickly reduce the allergens that are present in your home. But what if you're not sure what type of hard-surface flooring is the best option for your needs? At Lockwood's, we're always happy to help you find the right solutions to your flooring issues. Please feel free to contact us today for more information, with any questions or to speak with one of our experienced flooring experts about a project.