The Hickories are a brand of flooring popularized by Sears.
The brand’s name is derived from the English word “hickery” which means a large, heavy stone or pile.
A typical Hickory floor is 6 to 7 feet (1.5 to 1 meter) long and can be 1 foot (30 millimeters) thick.
Although the flooring has a shelf life of about 1,000 years, the Hickories floor is not recommended for use in most homes.
In many places, the wood flooring is treated with a high level of preservatives, and the materials used to manufacture the floor are generally considered to be “unnatural.”
A 2010 study from the University of Texas at Austin, however, found that Hickory floors were not responsible for the rise in mold, fungus and bacteria that have plagued homes around the country since the 1970s.
Hickory has long been a staple of the American home, with home prices in many states at historic highs and the number of homeowners reporting they bought one of the floor-shaped flooring options in the past year.
However, a 2012 report from the Institute for Research on Industrial Organics (IROIOP) concluded that “many factors, including the popularity of the brand, and other factors, could contribute to the increase in the incidence of respiratory disease.”
The report also pointed out that although many homeowners had tried to get rid of the Hickory, they still found it in their homes, even though it had no significant effect on their overall health.
The IROIOT report said the Hickys popularity stems from its “natural” and “green” qualities.
A study published in the Journal of Environmental Quality found that in the first two years after the publication of the IROOIOS study, the average amount of mold growth in homes with Hickys rose by more than 30 percent, from a yearly average of 1.8 to 5.4 million cases of mold and 5.9 to 20 million total cases of bacteria.
As the study notes, there are many different types of Hickys, but the majority are made of wood, so the majority of homes that were affected by the outbreak are in states where Hickys are used.
In some cases, homes with untreated Hickys have already experienced outbreaks, such as in Georgia, where more than 1,300 homes were found to have contaminated Hickys in the previous five years.
The number of homes affected by Hickys has increased as well, with more than 300,000 Hickys being found in homes in the Midwest.
“It’s a major concern for consumers,” says Mark Siegel, senior vice president of health and environmental services at H&M.
“There’s no denying that it’s been a factor in many people’s health.”