Hardwood Floors and Your Health
It’s undeniable that hardwood floors add warmth, beauty and a high-end feel to any home. However, many people don’t realize the health benefits of hardwood floors in the home.
As the concern for indoor air quality in the home continues to rise, families are educating themselves on how they can make their home a safer environment. In fact, according to the US Environmental Protection Agency (USEPA) consumers spend 90% of their time indoors, 65% of that time in the home¹. Organic pollutants can be 2 to 5 times higher, and occasionally 100 times higher, inside the home than outside². Dust, allergens and chemicals in the home significantly contribute to this pollution. This means that the place that most people consider the safest is exposing them to the largest amounts of hazardous pollutants.
Floors actually comprise the largest surface area in our homes and can trap harmful pollutants, like dust and allergens, which can drastically affect the health of the home. The Mayo Clinic recommends removing carpet in the home and replacing it with hard surfaces to ensure healthier air quality³. Hard surfaces, like hardwood, make it more difficult for allergens to penetrate and cling to the floor. Key sustainability advocates such as the USBC and LEED have identified hardwood floors as the healthier and more sustainable choice in flooring. This is because they don’t leave a space where mold, pollen or animal dander can grow, unlike other flooring alternatives. Plus, they are easy to clean effectively with the proper non-toxic and GREENGUARD certified cleaners like Bona.
Start by creating a safe home from the hardwood floor up with these simple steps. Dust mop your floors daily with a microfiber material that uses static charge to attract dust and allergens, while protecting your floors from scratches and unnecessary wear. Weekly, clean your floors with pH neutral, non-toxic formulas to clean effectively and keep your home and environment safe. Also, use a washable microfiber pad, which will remove 99% of bacteria versus 30% from a regular mop⁴ and will keep waste out of landfills.
1 Dr. Joyce M. Woods. CREATE A SAFER AND HEALTHY HOME. KNOW YOUR ABC’S: Indoor Pollution. Retrieved from www.chicagolivinggreen.info/doc_create_a_safer_and_healthier_home.pdf.
2 The Mayo Clinic Staff: Allergy Proof Your House. Retrieved from http://www.mayoclinic.com/health/allergy/HQ01514.
3 6 EPA, UC-Davis. Retrieved from: http://www.epa.gov/docs/region09/waste/p2/projects/hospital/mops.pdf
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