These days there are many people who suffer from allergies, often triggered by things such as dust mites. The house dust mite is connected with a large amount of skin allergies like eczema and respiratory allergies like asthma. Anyone that has experienced some of the symptoms of a dust mite allergy like a runny nose, or itchy eyes, skin or nose; wheezing and coughing, breathlessness and skin rashes would definitely benefit from living in a home that was created to keep allergens at a minimum. In this segment I will talk about floor coverings. Dust mite like to feed on flakes of skin that we humans shed every day of our lives. The dust will contain a portion of those shed skin flakes, just what dust mites feed on. This dust is easily lodges and trapped in the fibre of carpets and other soft coverings. It is hard when vacuuming to remove everything out of these types of carpets as most vacuum cleaners are not efficient enough to suck up absolutely everything from let's say a long shag pile carpet. Loungeroom – allergy free floor Your best treatment is to have a floor covering that doesn't trap dust in the first place and that is easy to clean. An example of easy to clean floor surfaces are tiles that can be vacuumed or mopped to keep them clean. Another example are wooden floors. These days floating wooden floors are very popular and they are easy to clean and care for. Regular vacuuming and wiping with a slightly damp cloth (with a small amount of methylated spirits added) is all that is required to keep a laminated floating floor looking good and dust free. If you are due for a new carpet why not consider a floating wooden floor for an allergy free surface – it looks good and is easy to keep clean. Sitting room – allergy free floor
Door mats are good for wiping excess dirt off your shoes before entering a house. These off course should be kept clean if they are to do a good job. The Japanese and other cultures that take off shoes as they enter a house is also a valuable custom. Shoes are taken off and stored near the front entrance and indoor foot coverings are put on the feet. There are just a few of the many good practices that one can put into action to keep one's home allergen free.
Renate Christie is the Executive Director of Tradeworks (ACT) P/L trading under the name of Tradeworks. Tradeworks does home repairs and renovations of all sizes large and small. Tradeworks was formed in 1990 and is a one stop shop for people who need projects done around the home like tiling and floating wooden floors.