3 Health Benefits of Hardwood Flooring

Everyone knows hardwood flooring is durable, long-lasting and beautiful. But many people aren’t aware of the long list of health benefits hardwood floors can bring. These health benefits are impressive, and can make a substantial difference for those that suffer with allergens. Here are our top 3 health benefits hardwood floors can bring.


Non Allergen: Doesn’t Harbour Dust Mites and Bacteria

Wood flooring is recognised as hypoallergenic as it doesn’t have fibres that can trap bacterial mites, and instead is easy to clean and remove anything on the surface. This is difficult with carpet as the carpet fibres have the ability to hold bacteria and allergens, even after a deep clean and hoover.

Carpet floors are the ideal breeding ground for dust mites, even with frequent vacuuming and cleaning these allergens and bacteria can still be present by clinging to the carpet fibres.

With allergies affecting as much as 40% of the UK population it is clear that dust mites could be triggering these allergies and going undetected. Babies and young children are especially susceptible as they tend to spend time sitting on the floor.

Studies have also demonstrated that dust mites can trigger asthma attacks with approximately 85% of asthmatics having sensitivity to these microscopic mites.

Therefore, making the switch to hardwood floors is better for the respiratory health of you and your family. It’s especially something to consider if you have allergies, asthma or a pet as their hair can also become trapped in carpet fibres. Hardwood floors are also significantly easier to disinfect.



Hardwood flooring is the safest and least toxic flooring you can have. Other flooring, such as carpet or laminate have proven to be harmful to pets and babies due to the toxic chemicals used within these materials creating poor air quality within your home.

Solid hardwood floors are made of planks milled from a single piece of timber. It has many advantages, including its durability, with proper maintenance and care, solid wood flooring can last a lifetime.

Engineered hardwood also has low toxicity and similar advantages to solid hardwood flooring, but it can also be used with underfloor heating. Engineered flooring is made from multiple layers of wood for extra stability.

For an even more eco-friendly option, choose 100% FSC certified wood floors, as the timber used to produce the floor comes from legal sustainable sources.

If you are concerned about the toxic chemicals within your home, read our Non-Toxic Flooring Guide which takes you through each type of flooring and their toxicity.



Hardwood flooring is extremely easy to disinfect and clean. Due to the nature of hardwood it doesn’t harbour bacteria or unpleasant odours so once you’ve cleaned your floor it is actually clean. Whereas carpets can never be fully purged of dust particles, and bacteria that clings deep in the carpet fibres which accumulates over time.


Choose hardwood floors for improved air quality within your home. If you are interested in making the switch to hardwood floors choose Atkinson & Kirby, we have been manufacturing high quality hardwood floors in Britain for more than 100 years.

All of our hardwood floors are FSC and PEFC meaning you can be sure the timber was sourced from sustainable forests. View our solid hardwood floors or engineered hardwood floors.

If you would like to order a sample, or speak to one of our experienced customer service team, call 01695 573 234 or email sales@akirby.com.