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3 Health Benefits of Hardwood Floors

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. 

Non-Toxic

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.

Hygienic

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.

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Manufacturer and supplier of premium hardwood flooring, Atkinson & Kirby, has relocated its headquarters to Chirk, North Wales, joining the company’s existing onsite manufacturing and distribution facility. As part of the ongoing development of the company, Atkinson & Kirby has relocated its office headquarters to join its existing manufacturing and distribution facility in Chirk. The move will improve both the service and quality of products by having all staff in one location, unifying working relationships between all departments, from marketing to distribution, as well as improving efficiency, customer service and delivery. Atkinson & Kirby still retains its office and distribution in Livingston. Tradition is an integral part of Atkinson & Kirby and the company is proud to remain one of a few British manufacturers of hardwood flooring, with a selection of solid flooring being produced in its Chirk mill. Tony Miles, CEO of Atkinson & Kirby, comments: “The consolidation of all offices to Chirk is a big move and demonstrates just how serious we are about British manufacturing and sustainability. “We are FSC® certified and take pride in the quality of wood we supply, with rigorous inspections at various stages of production, making sure the wood is always from a sustainable source. “We are a family business and above all, excellent quality and customer service are our priority. The move is already proving successful, with a unified workforce, improved communication and efficiency.

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The Ultimate Guide to Non-Toxic Flooring

When picking out new flooring, many people overlook the toxic chemicals that some flooring types can emit into the home. Young children and pets can be especially susceptible to these toxins which is why it’s important to choose a floor that is as natural as possible and free from any toxic chemicals that can contribute to indoor air pollution. Use this as your guide to non-toxic flooring.  Carpet Carpet has traditionally been a popular choice of flooring, however as we become more aware of the health risks associated with carpet flooring people are searching for more natural options. There are many areas in which toxic chemicals could be used within carpet, including the dye used to colour the carpet, adhesives used to bind carpet fibres, and the chemicals used to create resistance to stains. New carpet installation is a large contributor to indoor pollution, a recent EU study identified over 59 hazardous substances found in carpets.  Carpets hold these chemicals for months, if not years, but fear not, if you are set on choosing carpet or a rug for your home, place the rug outdoors or a well ventilated area for at least a week, as the first few weeks are when the carpet expels the most toxic fumes. Hardwood Flooring There are two types of hardwood flooring, solid or engineered. When installing hardwood floors the most common option is to glue the floor down. There are many safe, non-toxic glue options that you can use, speak to your installer about sourcing a non-toxic glue. Alternatively, flooring profile options have advanced including 5G click, which simply clicks together allowing you to ‘float’ the floor, without requiring glue.  Solid Hardwood Solid hardwood flooring is considered the safest and least toxic option as it’s completely natural and free from any toxins. 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. 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. However, as solid hardwood floors are 100% wood they can’t be used in moist areas, including bathrooms and basements. Engineered Hardwood  Engineered hardwood flooring 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. Laminate Laminate flooring mimics hardwood, but instead uses synthetic wood. Unfortunately, due to the toxins and chemicals in the bonding adhesives, laminate isn’t the safest option for non-toxic flooring. Ceramic Tile Ceramic tile is also another safe option, as the tiles are usually made from non-toxic materials. However, as tiles require a thinset mortar for the tiles to adhere to, as well as grout to fill the spaces between each tile. While, the tiles themselves do not contain these chemicals, it is possible that these products do. In Summary  When choosing your flooring opt for the most natural materials and products for a non-toxic home that is safe for pets and children. Atkinson & Kirby is committed to supplying non-toxic hardwood flooring, with solid hardwood floors being manufactured at our mill in Britain. 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 0 or email sales@akirby.com. 

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