According to the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), consumers spend between 65% and 90% of their time indoors and at home. That means that we need to take advantage of every opportunity we can to make sure our homes are healthy and safe for our families. There are several areas where hardwood floors can help achieve this goal.
Dust, Pollen, and Dander… Oh My!
Home is where the heart is… and the nose, sinuses and lungs, too. Hardwood floors are typically the best option for anyone with allergies or asthma. The wood surface makes it easy to spot and remove dust, dander, and pollen with a simple cleaning routine. Carpet, on the other hand, can be an absolute nightmare for allergy sufferers. Even with regular care, dirt and other particles attach themselves to the carpet and sift through the weave and pad to settle near the floor. In fact, the Mayo Clinic recommends removing carpet entirely and sticking to hard surfaces, especially hardwood floors, to reduce the opportunity for allergens to accumulate in the home. Our floors are the largest surface areas in our homes, after all!
Clean enough to eat off… and you know they will!
Mold & Mildew
Even if you clean your carpets regularly, they still won’t be as healthy as hardwood floors. To properly care for carpets, you must shampoo them frequently. Unfortunately, shampooing can increase the dampness, rot and growth of mildew and mold. To make matters worse, you also must factor in all the accidental spills, the leaky drains, pet accidents, and other incidents that will inevitably lead to wet floors in the household. If you respond quickly, it’s much easier to resolve the same problems on hardwood floors. Among other things, mold and mildew can contribute to the aforementioned allergies and asthma, but they merited their own mention in a recent report from the Centers for Disease Control, due to the severity of the health issues they can cause.
“Grab the paper towels” vs. “Grab the carpet steamer” - which sounds better?
Healthy Living Outside & Inside
People who live a healthy lifestyle outside the home will especially enjoy the benefits of hardwood floors inside the home, just make sure you pick the right flooring type! Active lifestyles often result in more dirt and pollen clinging to clothes and finding their way into the house. Tracking muddy shoes or damp clothing into the house after a hike or kayaking trip could lead to mold, mildew or allergens with carpet, but it’s just a quick sweep and mop job if you have hardwood. You don’t need another excuse not to go outside and exercise!
White Oak is highly resistant to wear, durable under significant exposure, and its cellular structure makes it resistant to water and rot. The light coloring of this floor helps hide scratches and scuffs.
Healthy Floors for A Healthy World
One last, important factor to consider: global health. Do your research before buying your hardwood floors and you will also be doing the environment a favor! If it is sustainably grown and harvested, wood flooring is very eco-friendly. The long-life expectancy of hardwood floors ensures that they won’t just wind up in some landfill two or three years down the road, and the forests will continue to produce for centuries if properly managed. Healthy living is all about the bigger picture, after all.
Shannon & Waterman believes in preserving the earth’s natural resources and have been selectively harvesting timber from our family-owned forests for more than 100 years.
Every newly crafted Shannon & Waterman wide plank floor has its beginnings in our family-owned, old growth forests. For generations, we’ve masterfully managed our forests for true sustainability—ensuring that we always have the mature trees necessary to supply the densely grown, stable, and generously proportioned wood to create the floors of your dreams. In addition, many of our products can be FSC® certified.
The complete Shannon & Waterman line of products of can be viewed on our website here: S&W Floors