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Bert's Blog™

Bert's Blog™ features anything and everything to do with what is more suitable for those living with asthma and allergies. The blog also presents information for manufacturers aiming to provide products and services for those patients with asthma and allergic diseases.

Bert takes the science of certification and talks about it with you so that all can better understand what it means to be Certified asthma & allergy friendly™. He will also discuss tips, asthma and allergy news and resources, Q&As, newly certified products and services, and more.

Bert's Blog™ will occasionally feature guest bloggers from the Asthma and Allergy Foundation of America (AAFA) and Allergy Standards Limited (ASL) who will talk about manufacturer tips, new Certification Standards, and industry news.

What Causes Indoor Air Pollution?

What Causes Indoor Air Pollution?

Indoor air pollution can pose a health risk, especially for people with asthma and allergies. Your home may have small particles in the air or damaging gases such as carbon monoxide.

What causes indoor air pollution?

  • Tobacco smoke.
  • Mold. It grows in places where there is moisture, such as the kitchen, bathroom and basement. It can grow on window sills and even in walls, ceilings or carpet.
  • Dust mites and cockroach allergens, which come from different parts of the cockroach.
  • Fumes from burning oil, coal or wood.
  • Fumes called volatile organic compounds (VOCs). Certain products like new kitchen cabinets, newly finished floors, new carpet and paints can give off VOCs.
  • Radon — a naturally occurring gas you can't see or smell. It can seep inside from the soil or rock under your home.
  • Carbon monoxide — another gas you can't see or smell - from furnaces, stoves and fireplaces that are not vented to the outdoors or not vented correctly.
  • Pollen, pet dander and outdoor air pollution can enter the home through open windows and doors.

What can you do to improve indoor air quality?

  • Make sure your home has adequate air flow.
  • Remove sources of moisture.
  • Keep your windows and doors closed during high pollen times.
  • Reduce clutter in your home.
  • Use products that are Certified asthma & allergy friendly™
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Stanley Steemer’s Done It Again. Now Carpet and Upholstery Spot Remover Also Certified.

7.28.16 Stanley Steemer New Spot Remover Image Action ShotEarly spring we announced that Stanley Steemer’s new Tile and Grout and Hardwood Floor Cleaning Services passed testing to be Certified  asthma & allergy friendly®.  That is every floor in your home—carpet, tile and grout, and hardwood—that can now benefit from a Certified asthma & allergy friendly® professional cleaning service.

But Stanley Steemer goes beyond services.  They may be known for their carpet, tile and grout, and hardwood floor cleaning services, but they also have cleaning products that families like yours can use at home for regular maintenance.

One of those products is even Certified asthma & allergy friendly®.  The Carpet and Upholstery Spot Remover recently passed testing for cleaning products. 

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Mother Nature is Hard to Control. Allergens in Your Flooring Don’t Have to Be.

bona-free-and-simple-hardwood-floor-cleanerWe all want to embrace the sunshine and flowers of a new spring to shake winter’s cold chill. However, many of us also dread the inevitable increase of pollen and other allergens that affect over 60 million of us with asthma and allergies each year.

Even though we can’t stop plants from pollenating and we can’t control the outside environment, we can control the air quality inside our homes. You can create a healthier home by taking active steps toward reducing allergens and irritants, like caring for the largest surface in the home, your floors.

It’s important to remember that not all types of flooring are created equal when it comes to your asthma and allergies. Wall-to-wall carpeting is a common home for dust mites that can trigger an allergic reaction in many people. Carpet is also difficult to keep dry and moisture is a breeding ground for mold. Instead, opt for bare floors with small, washable area rugs, which are much easier to keep trigger-free.

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Having Trouble Finding Certified Endust Free? Search No More

3.10.16 Endust Free Image Endust SweepstakesI know you know that allergen removal, reduction, and avoidance in the home are vital to an effective asthma and allergy management plan. That means families like yours are actively working to create a cleaner and healthier home.

But we also know it can sometimes be difficult to find products that are scientifically tested to be more suitable for your family.  A common question I get is, “Where can I find Certified asthma & allergy friendly™ Endust Free?  I can’t seem to find it anymore.”

Well I wanted to pass along some great news.  Nakoma is now selling Endust Free on Amazon.com!Endust Free was tested against strict standards to ensure it does not have properties that are likely to trigger your symptoms. The 4-part certification process:

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Tips to Make Your Home Holiday-Ready for Guests With Asthma and Allergies

11.12.15 Holiday Tips  New Products Image Tree DecoratingMore than 60 million Americans have asthma and allergies ... and it’s likely some of them will visit your home this holiday season. When triggers can lurk anywhere and everywhere, it’s important to take steps to ensure your home will be as comfortable as possible when your loved ones arrive.

The Asthma and Allergy Foundation of America’s Certification Program offers some tips for getting your home holiday-ready and asthma and allergy-friendly:

Cleaning to reduce triggers

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Cleaning Products That Go Beyond Cleaning

10.22.15 Cleaning Products Image Clean HomeAllergen removal, reduction, and avoidance in the home are now accepted (page 23) as vital parts of an effective asthma and allergy management plan. That means families like yours can help reduce exposure to your triggers by simply working to create a clean and healthy home environment with better indoor air quality (IAQ).

How do I improve my home’s IAQ?

But as I’ve mentioned before, there’s no single product or approach that can improve IAQ on its own. Earlier in the year, we discussed how to reduce allergens and irritants through vacuuming weeklyhiring professional carpet cleaners, and washing bedding weekly with Certified asthma & allergy friendly™ products and services. Today, I’m going to talk about Certified cleaning products.

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The asthma & allergy friendly™ Certification Program’s Impact: Part 3

This is a five-part blog series about the asthma & allergy friendlyCertification Program’s impact.

7.16.15 Berts Impact Part 3 Image Health Maven TacticsThe second post of this five-part series about the asthma & allergy friendly™ Certification Program’s impact talked about who a “Health Maven” is and how they’re concerned about indoor air quality.  In this post, I want to talk with you about what a “Health Maven” does to improve their home’s indoor air quality.

From the last post, we know that 80% of “Health Mavens” put at least a moderate effort into improving their homes’ indoor air quality.  But what is it they do to help reduce triggers for their loved ones with asthma and allergies?

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asthma & allergy friendly™ Certification Program Launches New Blog Hosted By Me, Bert

USA-certified-asthma-and-allergy-friendly-general-use-cert-markWho am I?

The name’s Bert.  You may have seen me around before.  My face is on the asthma & allergy friendly™ Certification Mark that’s on thousands of product packages, on national TV commercials, and in every major store across the country.

What is the Certification Mark?

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Lisa Blankschen
Can you tell me about the Rainbow Home cleaning system and the Rainmate? They have a gold certification, what does that mean? Than... Read More
Monday, 18 May 2015 17:04
Bert
Hi, Lisa! Are you referring to the Rainbow Cleaning System (http://www.asthmaandallergyfriendly.com/certified-products/vacuum-cle... Read More
Tuesday, 19 May 2015 20:04
Venus
Thanks for this information. I know someone who will benefit from this
Saturday, 23 May 2015 03:18
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