The Asthma and Allergy Foundation of America (AAFA) announced today that Bona Free & Simple Hardwood Floor Cleaner® has earned AAFA’s asthma & allergy friendly™ Certification. The certification program was created to help consumers identify products that are more suitable for people with asthma and allergies.
“Bona is proud to have the first hardwood floor cleaner to receive AAFA’s Certification,” said Bjorn Saalback, Senior Vice President, Marketing & Project Management, Bona US. “The floor is the largest surface in the home so it’s the perfect place to start when striving to create a healthier home. At Bona, we continue to innovate and deliver products that help make floors beautiful and healthy.”
Individuals living with asthma or allergies can be exposed to various biological and non-biological agents found indoors. Removal, avoidance and control of allergens in the home—such as pollen, contaminants from dust mites, cockroaches, rodents, pets and mold—is now generally accepted by health experts as an appropriate preventative strategy for people with asthma and allergic diseases to help create a healthy home environment.
The asthma & allergy friendly™ Certification process puts cleaning products through laboratory testing to ensure they can effectively reduce allergens from hard surfaces. Assessment for certification requires that cleaning products are evaluated based on their ability to reduce the level of allergens typically found in the home. AAFA’s Certification Mark is awarded only to those products that have been scientifically proven to meet the strict standards set by the program. An abstract of the Certification Standard for “Non-Disinfecting Hard Surface Cleaning Sprays” is available online at www.aafa.org/certified.
“We are very excited about the scientific achievement that Bona has made with this hardwood floor cleaner,” says Mike Tringale, Senior Vice President of External Affairs at AAFA. “Families with asthma and allergies have a difficult time navigating manufacturer claims,” says Tringale, “now we’ve proven through testing that this new Certified floor cleaner is much more suitable for families that want to reduce indoor irritants without compromising quality floor care.”
In addition to using Certified cleaning products, other tips to help reduce allergens and irritants in the home include: banning smoking, candles and wood fires; using exhaust fans in the kitchen, bath, and laundry areas; vacuuming frequently; and, keeping solvents, glues, pesticides and other chemicals with strong odors out of the house.