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Tips for Alleviating Allergies

American Hardwood floors reduce dust mites

If you or someone in your family is an allergy sufferer, you are all too familiar with the symptoms: itchy eyes, runny nose, eczema and rashes. An estimated 60 million Americans suffer from some kind of allergies, according to the Institute of Medicine or the National Academies. While some people are simply predisposed to have allergies, there are steps that can be taken to help alleviate the symptoms and lower allergens in the home – including installing American Hardwood floors, which trap less allergens than other flooring materials.

While every home has dust mites that even frequent cleaning can’t completely eliminate, here are a few steps homeowners can take to decrease allergies’ impact:

  • Remove carpeting from the bedrooms of allergy sufferers. Natural hardwood floors throughout the home help alleviate symptoms by eliminating places for dust mites to live.
  • Make sure any carpets in the home are washed in hot water every week.
  • Select furniture with limited use of upholstery, as they are havens for dust mites. American Hardwood furniture is a great alternative option.
  • Enclose mattresses and pillows in zippered dust proof vinyl coverings to help keep dust mites away.

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