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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.

Happy Holidays from Bert

12.24.15 Happy Holidays Image Santa Hat BertHappy Holidays from Bert and the asthma & allergy friendly™ Certification Program team.

 

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Lisa Higdon
Merry Christmas and a Happy Wheeze Free New Year!!
Thursday, 24 December 2015 16:03
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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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Certified Product Feature: Tarkett’s FiberFloor Flooring

9.10.15 Tarkett Flooring Image Product ImageAs I’ve mentioned before, hard-surface flooring is best suited for those with asthma and allergies because 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.

But not any old hard-surface flooring will do. Certain kinds of wood, tile, slate, or synthetic surfaces are better than others, so it is important to make sure chemicals that can irritate the skin and airways—such as urea, phenyls, and formaldehyde—are not present in large quantities. This type of flooring should be moisture resistant, which helps keep mold and mildew from growing in your home. It should also be easily cleanable with a recommended cleaning method that not only doesn’t introduce new toxins or irritants, but actually reduces allergens and irritants in your home.

Tarkett’s residential and commercial FiberFloor are a more suitable option for people with asthma and allergies because it is scientifically proven to considerably reduce your exposure to allergens. This hard surface flooring has been scientifically proven to:

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The asthma & allergy friendly™ Certification Program’s Impact: Part 4

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

7.30.15 Berts Impact Part 4 Image Mark AwarenessThe third post of this five-part series about the asthma & allergy friendly™ Certification Program’s impact talked about what “Health Mavens” do to improve their home’s indoor air quality.  In this post, I want to share what “Health Mavens” think when they see the Certification Mark.

From the last post, we know that not all household products are equal.  Only products with the distinctive asthma & allergy friendly™ Certification Mark are scientifically proven to be more suitable for those with asthma and allergies.  And recognition of the Mark is rapidly growing.

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Certified Service Feature: Stanley Steemer’s Carpet Cleaning Service

7.23.15 Stanley Steemer Carpet Cleaning Image VanEarlier in the month we talked about one way to reduce asthma and allergy triggers in your carpet.  But the National Institutes of Health advises us to use more than one approach for effective allergen avoidance and control.  (It can never be simple, can it?)  So in addition to vacuuming once or twice a week, the Asthma and Allergy Foundation of America (AAFA) recommends having a Certified professional carpet cleaning three to four times a year.

Allergen avoidance and control can seem difficult, but the Certification Program does its best to make it as simple as possible for you through testing and certifying products and services.  Only Certified asthma & allergy friendly™ products and services—like Stanley Steemer’s Carpet Cleaning Service—are scientifically proven to be more suitable for those with asthma and allergies.  So when you see the Certification Mark alongside the Stanley Steemer name, you know their carpet cleaning service passed rigorous testing.

In fact, Stanley Steemer’s Carpet Cleaning Service is Certified because it is scientifically proven to considerably reduce your exposure to allergens.  But there’s still more to it.  A professional carpet steam cleaning service must meet strict standards during testing when:

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Carpet Cleaning Perth
Yes things has to be considered while carpet cleaning and you have come up with good info about allergens in this post. hope your ... Read More
Friday, 16 October 2015 08:07
Cleaning Services Parramatta
Greetings! Got to find your post more interesting and good information about allergens and things has to be considered while clean... Read More
Tuesday, 23 February 2016 12:06
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What to Get the Asthma and Allergy Sufferers for Their Wedding Gift this Season


6.18.15 Wedding Season Image Wedding Sign SmallIt’s wedding season once again and it seems like everyone you know is getting married. 

Since asthma and allergies affects 1 out of 5 Americans, and over 50% of U.S. households, odds are the new couple may be among them.  With one of the worst allergy seasons in over a decade, it’s important for the new couple to keep pollen and other allergens and irritants outside so they can start their new journey on the right foot—with a healthier home.

When you’re brainstorming ideas for gifts, consider Certified asthma & allergy friendly™ products.  When you see the Certification Mark and my face, you know that product is scientifically proven to be more suitable for those with asthma and allergies.  There are a full range of products, from small to large, that can fit into a budget you feel comfortable with.

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The asthma & allergy friendly™ Certification Program’s Impact: Part 1

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

6.4.15 Berts Impact Part 1 Image Prevalence for Consumers

I think it’s important to really understand “the why” of an initiative—like the asthma & allergy friendly™ Certification Program—before the scope of its impact can be brought into perspective.  So why did the Asthma and Allergy Foundation of America (AAFA) and Allergy Standards Limited (ASL) start this certification program?

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Laura McCabe
My son and I started having our allergies diagnosed 2 years ago. We're in process of new testing as well as my daughter. Their da... Read More
Friday, 05 June 2015 14:34
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Laura, so sorry to hear about you and your families' allergies. But it's great that you're being tested so that you're prepared a... Read More
Wednesday, 10 June 2015 13:06
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How to Keep Spring’s “Pollen Tsunami” from Getting Inside Your Home

2e1ax yoo nano3 entry 5.21.15 Keep-Pollen-Tsunami-Outside-Image Family-GrillingAfter a long winter, warmer weather is finally here!  Thank goodness, right?  That probably means you are soaking up the sun, the kids are playing outside, and your neighbors are hosting outdoor grilling parties. 

Oh, and you’re probably sneezing, itching your eyes, and blowing your nose thanks to what many are calling the “Pollen Tsunami.”

Pollen and other allergens and irritants are in the air this spring—with force—and it can be hard to keep those triggers where they belong, outside!  You can’t control outdoor triggers, but you can take a few steps to help keep them from sneaking inside your home with you.

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Chris Steely
Excellent blog!
Thursday, 21 May 2015 15:31
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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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