4 Health Benefits of Wooden Staircases & Flooring
You know you need to replace your old, unsightly stairs. They’re no longer the color they once were, and no amount of vacuuming can make it feel as if they’re totally free of dirt and dust.
Wooden staircases are beautiful, sure, but there’s something so cozy about a nice carpeted staircase, especially on a cold winter morning.
You may want to reconsider that love of carpeting, however.
Not only are wooden staircases and floors easier to maintain and more valuable to your home, they may actually be better for your health.
Here are 4 ways that wooden staircases and flooring are beneficial to your health:
Have you ever found yourself sneezing and wheezing when you’ve just vacuumed a really dirty rug? That’s because carpeting holds onto all sorts of allergens, including pollen, pet dander, and dust mites.
No matter how often you vacuum and steam clean, allergens still worm their way deep into the fibers of your carpeting, just waiting for someone to walk by and kick them up into the air.
If you suffer from seasonal or year-round allergies, carpeting is one of the worst things to keep in your home.
Wooden flooring, on the other hand, leaves nowhere for allergens to hide. They get swept or vacuumed up and mopped away, leaving you with less allergy irritation and better breathing.
Better Air Quality
Wooden floors, stairs, and even furniture can help improve the indoor air quality of your home.
If your home is humid, the wood that surrounds you can expand to soak up some of this humidity; on the opposite, wood releases moisture into overly dry air. This keeps the air more comfortable for you and your family, especially those with asthma and allergies who rely on consistent air quality.
All carpeting is manufactured, which means the use of potentially dangerous chemicals and substances.
If your carpet has any added protectors, such as stain protection, that’s just additional chemicals that come into your home and pollute your indoor air.
While new carpet may smell nice, that smell comes in large part from the release – also called off-gassing – of the chemicals that were used in the manufacturing process. These chemicals continue to leech into your indoor air for many years, and can make your asthma or allergies worse.
Wood flooring and staircases, on the other hand, don’t use any of the harmful chemicals that come with carpeting.
Better Mental Health
Being surrounded by nature has been shown to decrease stress, improve mood, and help you relax.
Those benefits carry over even to being surrounded by interior wooden fixtures such as floors and furniture. The more wood you have in your home, the better you may feel mentally, and the easier it is for you to relax and de-stress at the end of a long work day.
DIY Wooden Staircase Remodeling
If you want the beauty and ease of upkeep that comes with a wooden staircase without any of the expense of replacing your carpet in the traditional way, try the NuStair stair remodeling system.
Our patented hardwood stair parts fit over your staircase’s existing structure, reducing waste and making for a quicker, easier, less expensive project. We offer our American-made staircase remodeling system in a variety of wood species and finishes to complement the look and feel of your home.
Don’t want to tackle the project yourself? We can connect you with an experienced NuStair installer in your area!