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Allergies That Won’t Go Away? Your Carpet May Be the Culprit

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Have you ever noticed a sneezing fit coming on every time you enter your home? The culprit may have been under your nose the entire time─your carpet. Sneezing, runny nose, and itchy eyes are some of the miserable symptoms that plague homeowners each allergy season.

A wonderful alternative to that allergen-infested carpeting is hardwood flooring for its ease of cleanliness and manageability. Read on below to see how replacing your carpet with hardwood floors can save you this allergy season.

 

Carpet Is the Culprit

Sure, carpet may be plush and comfy on your feet, but the warm, fuzzy feelings stop there. Your carpet can easily become a magnet for allergens like dust mites, pet dander, and mold spores, which can irritate your immune system in the form of an allergic reaction. These allergens are easily trapped within carpet fibers and are difficult to get rid of completely, which results in them multiplying.

Installing hardwood floors in your home greatly reduces allergens that are tracked in on a daily basis. Hardwood flooring reigns supreme in its ease of keeping clean versus carpet. Properly maintaining carpeting is quite costly due to requiring the aid of professional cleaners. With hardwood floors, you can keep your home clean with ease.

Related Read: The 4 Seasons of Wood Floor Care

 

How to Keep Your Hardwood Dust-Free

With hardwood floors, you can easily keep your home clean with weekly vacuuming and dust mopping. Be sure to use a vacuum with a floor-brush attachment or an electric broom to avoid damaging the wood. For a deeper clean, use a slightly dampened rag mop or good old-fashioned sponge with diluted wood cleaner to remove pesky allergens, dirt, and other irritants in a flash.

In addition to carpet being a common reason for dust ridden floors, so is a dirty air filter. Over time, air conditioners draw in debris from the outdoors that eventually accumulates within the air filter. Making sure to change your air filter regularly will allow clean air into your home, while leaving the dust and allergens outside where they belong.

Related Read: Don’t Threaten Your Health: Find a Company that Uses a Dust Extraction System

 

Had enough of your dingy, dirty carpeting? Contact SVB Wood Floors today to schedule an appointment for your free quote. Also, check out our blog for the latest in hardwood flooring trends and tons of helpful tips for Kansas City homeowners.

How to Protect Wood Floors from Paws, Claws, and In-Laws

worn-wood-floorMaintaining your home’s wood floors requires regular cleaning and the occasional sanding and refinishing. You will notice, however, that the areas with the most traffic will take a beating.

Whether it’s kids and pets running in and out or you host frequent family gatherings, you cannot help notice scratches and chips in unprotected floors. Use these tips to protect the wood floors in the high-traffic areas of your home.

Rugs

runner-entryway-rug-hardwood-floor-protection-SVBOne of the easiest ways to prevent damage to your wood floors is by placing rugs in your high traffic areas. Using a rug in your entryway is most likely obvious, but remember that you can find rugs in all shapes and sizes that will work in other high-traffic areas.

Consider using a long runner or two in your hallways, or large area rugs in your dining room, living room, family room, and kitchen. See picture for design inspiration.

Related Read: Don’t Let Summer Sun Fade Your Hardwood Floors. Try These Tips Today!

 

 

 

 

Door Mats

dog-on-door-matOutdoor mats in front of all your entryways are the first defense against damaging your hardwood floors. Little pieces of dirt, small pebbles, leaves and sometimes larger objects may get stuck in a person’s shoes. One may also inadvertently carry some of these objects inside so they find their way deep into your home.

If you place a mat at your entryway, you can encourage your family members and guests to wipe their feet each time they enter. Even when they don’t purposefully wipe their feet, walking on the mat oftentimes remove some of the dirt and sand that may damage your floor.

 

Felt Pads

felt-pads-on-furnitureThe first thing you should do when you install wood floors, or move into a home with wood floors, is put felt pads on your furniture. You can find them at any big box retailer or hardware store; they are inexpensive and may save you loads of money in repairs.

Helpful Tip: Inspect and replace these every six months or so as they can fall off and gather grit over time.

 

Although you may assume that you don’t need them because your furniture is heavy and will not move, all it takes is one false step, a few hyper kids or rowdy pets and you will find large scratches or gouges in your floor.

Related Read: Yours Aren’t the Only Feet on the Floor — Make Your Furniture Wear Socks

 

No-Shoe Policy

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Some hardwoods are softer than others. Not all shoes will cause floor damage, but stiletto heels and other narrow high heels may leave marks on softer floors.

Pebbles may easily get caught in the sole of tennis shoes and other casual shoes. Sometimes rugs and mats will not remove them, so consider enforcing a no-shoes-in-the-house-policy, especially for family members.

Looking for more ways to better care for your wood floors? Check out SVB’s blog for more helpful tips and information from the experts or contact us today for more information.

Top Tips to Prevent Moisture from Damaging Your Wood Floors

 

 

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Changes in weather can wreak havoc on your wood floors, especially in the summertime. Specifically, changes in temperature and humidity may lead to swelling, cupping, or gaps in your wood floor. Use these tips from the wood flooring experts at SVB to prevent summer moisture issues from damaging your wood floors.

Has the humidity already taken over? Luckily, SVB provides top-of-the-line wood floor restoration for floors affected by water damage.

 

How to Control Humidity

Excess moisture content and severe changes in the humidity level in your home lead to most of the major moisture problems with hardwood floors. The National Wood Flooring Association (NWFA) suggests that humidity levels between 35 and 55 percent are best for your wood floors.

Too much moisture will lead to cupping; (see photo) you can identify cupping in your floors when the outsides of the boards are higher than the insides.

Not only is important to keep the humidity down in your home, but you should also keep it consistent. High fluctuations in humidity will lead to gaps in your floor.The best way to control your humidity is by adding a dehumidifier or perhaps two, depending on the size of your home. The dehumidifier will extract the moisture from the air, and prolong the life of your hardwood floors.

Helpful Hint: You should be especially concerned about wood floors on the ground level of your home because they are more prone to soaking up moisture from the ground.

 

How to Control Temperature

Hardwoods behave like many other solid materials with changes in temperature. When heated, they expand; when cooled they contract. Changes in temperature do not affect hardwoods as severely as moisture and humidity, but you should try to keep the temperature in your home fairly consistent for the best results with your hardwood floor. Continuous expansion and contraction weakens the wood.

Related Read: The 4 Seasons of Wood Floor Care

Whether you’re looking for water damage repair or a totally customized installation, we’ll take care of it all! Contact the award-winning professionals at SVB today to take care of your next wood flooring project. Also, visit SVB’s blog for more helpful wood flooring tips and tricks.