You probably know that static electricity build-up is a common side effect of walking on carpeting, but did you know that even laminate flooring can cause static electricity build-up as well? While it isn't as common, it is still very possible due to the materials that are used to make the flooring. If your laminate flooring is giving you quite the shock, here are four ways to prevent it.
1. Increase Your Home's Humidity

The dry air in your home is the real reason why your laminate flooring is shocking you, so dealing with the dry air should be your first concern. You can easily increase your home's humidity by using a vaporizer or by turning off the furnace when you don't need it.

2. Keep Your Floors Clean

While the dust on your floor doesn't cause the static electricity to build up, it can make the problem worse. Keep your flooring clean by regularly sweeping and mopping it to lessen the static electricity. There are special products you can buy, but regular laminate flooring cleaners work just as well.

3. Avoid Synthetic and Wool Clothing

While you may not want to purchase a whole new wardrobe to reduce a few minor shocks, choosing clothing made out of natural fibers can really help to reduce the number of shocks you get when walking across your laminate flooring. Start by wearing cotton socks, since they are the piece that actually touches the floor.

4. Buy Anti-static Laminate Flooring

If static build-up in your laminate flooring has become a serious problem or if you live in an area that is very dry in the winter, you may want to invest in specialty-made anti-static laminate flooring. Anti-static laminate is made by adding small carbon particles into the laminate during the manufacturing process. These particles are conductive, so static electricity does not build up and shock you. Not all companies make anti-static laminate flooring, so you will have to ask to make sure that the flooring you select is anti-static.

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