Pledge Catches Culprits In Dust That Cause Allergies

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Sneezing, sniffling, coughing and wheezing -- spring allergy season has arrived. With asthma and allergies striking one in four Americans, now is the time to start dodging those allergy triggers lurking around your home. Now, just in time for warmer weather, SC Johnson reveals research that shows dusting with Pledge Furniture Polish and a cloth removes up to 84 percent of allergens from dust mites and pet dander found in dust.

Dust often includes triggers such as pet dander, dust mites, cockroach droppings, molds, and pollen. In fact, it's estimated that up to 72 trillion allergens make their way into the home each day.(2) In recent studies, Pledge Furniture Polish was proven more effective than dry dusting to pick up the allergens in dust without sending them into the air.

"House dust is one of the most prevalent -- and unavoidable -- allergy triggers in any home," said Dr. William E. Berger, author of Allergies and Asthma for Dummies. "Allergy-proofing inside your home is one of the most beneficial ways to reduce allergy symptoms since you can't control the allergens outside your home."

Dr. Berger offers tips to help allergy-proof your home to help reduce allergy symptoms such as sneezing, itchy eyes, and runny noses.

Clean Home, Clear Head

Go from room to room and identify spaces that can be breeding grounds for allergens:

-- Beds - Wash all bed linens in hot water (at least 130 degrees) every two weeks. Only use pillows, blankets, quilts, and bedspreads made of synthetic materials. Avoid down (feather) filled comforters and pillows.

-- Climate control - Don't locate your bedroom in a humid area such as the basement. Likewise, use an air conditioner or dehumidifier to keep the humidity in your home below 50 percent.

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-- Carpets and drapes - Pet dander is more easily collected in carpeting and thick rugs. To help make allergy-proofing easier, choose bare floors over carpeting where you can use cleaning products to pick-up and remove allergens from pet dander.

-- Decorations and furnishings - Use furniture made of wood, vinyl, plastic, and leather throughout your home instead of furniture made from upholstery. Use products to clean that are proven to remove allergens, such as Pledge Furniture Polish which removes allergens from dust mites and pet dander found in dust.

-- Ventilation - Use HEPA air cleaners to keep the indoor air throughout your home as pure as possible. Cover heating vents with special vent filters to clean the air before it enters your rooms.

How Pledge Fights Allergens

Pledge Furniture Polish features Allergen Trappers to help families keep their homes cleaner and healthier. This unique formula:

-- Traps and removes dust and dust mites, pet dander and pollen found in dust

-- Attracts and picks up dust so you don't shift it from place to place

-- Contains gentle cleansing conditioners that remove dust, fingerprints, smudges and dirt Helps protect against water spills, stains and everyday wear

-- Leaves no residue buildup behind

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