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Check out this article regarding how wood floors add beauty and value to the home, published in the Summer 2013 issue of Fabulous Floors, a consumer-focused magazine devoted solely to flooring styles as a key element in home décor.

 

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Wood Floors Improve Indoor Air Quality

Did you know that nearly one in four Americans suffers from asthma and/or allergies? According to the Asthma and Allergy Foundation of America, that represents 60 million people in the United States alone. A study conducted by Harris Interactive indicated that the vast majority of US homeowners believe that their family's health is directly related to the cleanliness of their floors. The same study indicated that of all the flooring alternatives available, the majority of homeowners believe that wood floors are most effective at improving indoor air quality.
by NWFA
January 8, 2014

Did you know that nearly one in four Americans suffers from asthma and/or allergies? According to the Asthma and Allergy Foundation of America, that represents 60 million people in the United States alone.  A study conducted by Harris Interactive indicated that the vast majority of US homeowners believe that their family's health is directly related to the cleanliness of their floors. The same study indicated that of all the flooring alternatives available, the majority of homeowners believe that wood floors are most effective at improving indoor air quality.

The Life Cycle Analysis of solid wood flooring conducted by the University of Wisconsin supports this idea. The study compared five different floor coverings in regard to four substances considered to be harmful to the atmosphere: carbon dioxide, methane, nitrogen oxide and particulate matter. All these substances contribute to atmospheric warming and human respiratory ailments. The results of the study show that wood flooring had no emissions for methane, nitrogen oxide and other particulates, and minimal emissions for carbon dioxide. Wood floors also have the added benefit of not harboring allergens, microorganisms or harmful pesticides that can be tracked in from outdoors. In addition, dust, mold and animal dander contamination is minimal in homes with wood floors, which can significantly improve indoor air quality.

Click here to check out the Life Cycle Analysis of Solid Wood Flooring study.

Wood floors are easy to maintain as well. Simply sweep the floor regularly with a soft-bristle broom or dust mop to remove surface dirt and debris. If your floor contains beveled edges, use a vacuum with a soft bristle brush attachment to remove dirt and debris from between the floorboards. That's all there is to it.

Click here to learn more about the ease of caring for wood floors.

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