Concrete Flooring and Allergies

Sneezing, runny nose, itchy and watery eyes — these symptoms are typically attributed to allergies. And if these symptoms appear when nature is not in bloom, people often presume a cold is coming on. But what if those symptoms just don’t seem to go away? Another reason might be an allergic reaction to dust mites.

Dust mites are microscopic creatures living in the common, everyday dust found in homes and workplaces (much of which is actually flakes of old skin that have fallen off residents and employees). Many people develop an allergy to dust mites over time, from mild to severe. These tiny animals find sanctuary in cracks and carpet fibers. The best way to get rid of them is with regular sessions of professional cleaning, using rigorous vacuuming and regular maintenance.

When Dust Mites “Go to Ground”

If you wipe dust mites out by replacing your entire carpet, they will return. Although getting rid of the carpet altogether is sometimes the best option, there are other alternatives. Tile floors often develop grout problems, like mold, and mold is another common cause of respiratory problems. Wood flooring also offers cracks and crevices where dust mites take cover. And even concrete is porous and has seams, so it poses an issue, if left untreated.

If you improve concrete, however, with epoxy flooring treatments, mites are sealed off from any imperfections in the concrete by the solid polyurethane matrix. This material fills in and covers the hiding places, so mites cannot survive. This gives your allergies a much-needed respite.

Of course, dust mites are not the only causes for allergies — the aforementioned mold, plus mildew, and pet dander, can all cause allergic reactions. Epoxy flooring resists mold and mildew formation. And instead of getting stuck in wood planks or carpet fiber, pet dander is easily swept or mopped up from epoxy flooring.

Other Epoxy Flooring Benefits

Along with reducing allergy symptoms, consider these benefits from epoxy flooring:

  • It only needs a scrubber or damp mop for cleaning. That’s much more cost-effective for public areas, schools and businesses.
  • Epoxy flooring provides a barrier for your concrete. It repels liquid, allowing for quick, thorough cleanups.
  • Epoxy floors are resistant to gouges and scratches.
  • Epoxy flooring offers a variety of colors, textures, patterns and combinations that are limited only by your imagination!

If you suffer from allergies, or have staff members with such issues, concrete flooring with an epoxy finish might help you alleviate any symptoms. For more information on concrete and epoxy flooring, please call West Coast Epoxy in Sacramento or schedule an appointment online.

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