Spring is here, bringing with it a sense of renewed life as trees blossom, grass grows and outdoor play resumes. That is, unless you’re among the 50 million Americans with nasal allergies. Allergies affect up to 30 percent of adults and 40 percent of children and are nothing to sneeze at whether they occur seasonally or year-round. Since nasal allergies often ramp up during Spring, now is the ideal time to think outside the tissue box for a way to lower your exposure. Surprisingly, Mannington flooring can help with that.
“Pollen that comes into homes through open windows or on the bottoms of shoes is easily swept or mopped from hard surface floors. With carpeting, those allergens aren’t so readily removed. The same holds true with pet dander and dust mites,” says Dan Natkin, Mannington’s Vice President of Hardwood and Laminate. “That’s why Mannington recommends hard surface floors for people with allergies and why more and more people are turning to their new floors as a way to help manage their symptoms.
Manufacturing floors that contribute to good indoor air quality is a priority for Mannington. We also believe in independent third party testing to help offer additional assurances that any Mannington floor you select will the best pick for your family.
Here are a few examples from our line-up of hard surface floors that don’t trap dust, pet dander or other allergens.
When crafting hardwood floors like Foundry Hickory, Mannington uses only UV and water-based finishes that contain no VOC’s. They meet, or exceed, the formaldehyde levels set forth in CARB Phase I and II—the most stringent emissions laws in the world.
Mannington hardwood floors won’t trap dust, pet dander and other allergens and are also designed for easy cleaning using a soft dry dusting mop or vacuum cleaner (with a gentle brush or felt head -not a beater bar). For heavier cleaning, use Mannington UltraClean, a non-toxic, water-based product that doesn’t dull or leave residue behind.
Like all floors in our Restoration Collection®, Keystone Oak is manufactured with over 70% post-industrial recycled content and water based, low VOC inks; and is installed without glues or adhesives. These floors are also FloorScore® certified, NALFA LF-01 standard certified and contribute to credits for green building systems like LEED.
And for protection from more than airborne allergens, all Restoration Collection® floors are also crafted with Mannington’s revolutionary SpillShield® technology that delivers 72-hour protection from spills, standing moisture and pet messes.
ADURA®MaxAPEX floors like Hudson are also good picks for homes with allergy sufferers. This luxury vinyl plank floor -like all ADURA®MaxAPEX floors- is formaldehyde-free and FloorScore® certified. It won’t trap dust, pet dander and other allergens; and is designed for easy cleaning with gentle soap and water.
Patina is a luxury vinyl sheet floor that is FloorScore® certified which means it complies to strict indoor air quality standards, Like all Mannington LVS floors, Patina is manufactured with ultra-low VOC water-based inks and contributes to credits for green building systems like LEED.
Spring is in the air. So are airborne allergens. Do all you can to decrease their impact by making wise choices for your home, especially when it comes to flooring. To see our full line-up of floors designed to help you manage allergens in your home, head to your nearest Mannington retailer or mannington.com.