Proctor and Gamble launch asthma & allergy friendly™ Swiffer® products

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Swiffer® Unscented Dry Dusters & Sweepers have become the first dry-dusting cleaners to be Certified asthma & allergy friendly™ by the Asthma and Allergy Foundation of America (AAFA) Manufactured by P&G, the Swiffer Sweeper is designed to trap and hold dust from a variety of floor types including wood, ceramic and linoleum. Swiffer Dusters are designed to pick up and trap dust using thousands of flexible fibres which are coated with Dust Lock Adhesive

A series of studies were conducted in airmid healthgroup's specially built climate controlled testing chambers. Within these unique chambers, testing assessed the capacity of the products to remove allergens from a number of different surfaces while minimizing the amount of allergen being disturbed into the air. Analysis of the collected samples was carried out using highly sensitive ELISA to measure allergen concentration. The results showed that, as well as the products being able to meet asthma & allergy friendly™ Certification criteria, they also outperformed generic dry and wet cloths tested under identical conditions.

As a result of the research carried out at airmid healthgroup the Swiffer Unscented  Dry Dusters and Sweepers are the first products of their type to meet the asthma & allergy friendly™ Certification Standard for Handheld Dusting Products and Wipes (ASP:09-03). The standard has been developed by Allergy Standards Ltd, an International Standards and Certification body who founded and operate the asthma & allergy friendly™ Certification program worldwide.

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Philips launch AC 4600 air cleaner using airmid generated data on virus removal

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Philips, one of the world's largest consumer goods companies and the market leaders in the Chinese air purifier market, recently launched their latest air cleaning device in China. One of the key features of the product include its ability to remove airborne Influenza A (H1NI) within 20 minutes of operation, which has been substantiated following independent testing using real virus particles at airmid healthgroup.

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Proctor and Gamble launch asthma & allergy friendly™ soft surface allergen control spray

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P&G's Febreze® Fabric Refresher Allergen Reducer, Unscented is the first soft surface allergen control spray Certified as asthma & allergy friendly™ by the Asthma and Allergy Foundation of America (AAFA). The product reduces odours and helps prevent the release of allergens from soft furnishings and bedding into the air. The product was tested extensively at airmid healthgroup to achieve Certification. Testing included assessment of the product’s constituents, VOC emissions and its effect on surface and airborne allergen levels.


Pollen (birch tree and timothy grass), pet dander, and dust mite allergens were assessed during the asthma & allergy friendly™ Certification process. Testing was carried out in airmid healthgroup's climate controlled environmental test chambers. The results demonstrated that use of Febreze® Fabric Refresher Allergen Reducer, Unscented reduced airborne allergen levels generated by disturbance of soft furnishings (when compared to untreated controls). The product retained allergen on the fabric surface. Further testing confirmed that recommended cleaning procedures removed the retained allergen from treated surfaces. Residual moisture levels returned to baseline levels within 90 minutes of product application.

The Certification Standard for Soft Surface Allergen Control Sprays (ASP:17-01) was developed by Allergy Standards Ltd (ASL), an International Standards and Certification body. ASL founded the asthma & allergy friendly™ Certification program and operates it worldwide.

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Bona launch their Certified Free & Simple Hardwood Floor Cleaner


Bona launch their Certified Free and Simple Hardwood Floor Cleaner

Bona’s new Free & Simple hardwood floor cleaner has been Certified asthma & allergy friendly™ following extensive testing at airmid healthgroup.

The product was tested to the asthma & allergy friendly™ Certification standard for non-disinfecting hard surface cleaners (ASP09:01). Testing to the standard includes an assessment of the impact of the product on surface and airborne allergen levels, and a review of the product's constituents and emissions.

The individual constituents of the product were reviewed for their allergenic or sensitizing potential. In addition, the product was tested to the ASTM D116-10 and California Specification 01350 Test Methods to confirm that any emissions of volatile organic compounds (VOCs) including formaldehyde and acetaldehyde were within Certification thresholds.

Testing under controlled conditions in airmid healthgroup’s environmental test chambers assessed the product’s ability to reduce allergen burden from a wooden floor without generating significant particle or airborne allergen exposure in comparison to standard controls. Allergen test dust containing a known amount of house dust mite and cat allergen was applied to the floor with a surface sticking agent. The floor was cleaned using the Bona mop system incorporating the Free & Simple cleaning solution. The results showed that the Bona product removed 93.33% of the house dust mite (Der p 1) allergen and 96.71% of cat (Fel d 1) allergen from the floor surface.

The asthma & allergy friendly™ Certification program was launched in 2005/2006 by Allergy Standards Ltd in partnership with the Asthma Society of Canada and the Asthma and Allergy Foundation of America. This standards-based peer reviewed certification is now the largest and most respected of its kind in North America.

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Dyson launches their revolutionary new humidifier

Dyson have launched their latest product into the UK market, a humidifier using Air Multiplier™ technology for even distribution of hydrated air and Dyson's own Ultraviolet cleansing technology to kill 99.9% of bacteria in water.

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The launch follows extensive research and testing by airmid healthgroup that assessed the product's performance with particular emphasis on its ability to address the potential adverse health effects that have been associated with humidifier use.

A series of studies were conducted in airmid healthgroup's climate controlled environmental test chambers. The results showed that, as well as the product being able to achieve and maintain humidity within a tightly controlled target range, the UVC bulb in the sterilisation trough was effective in reducing the viability of the bacteria and fungi used in the studies. It was also demonstrated that operation of the humidifier did not contribute to any significant aerosolisation of microbes from contaminated water. In addition, pre-determined levels of bacteria, fungi and allergen were introduced into the chamber, and airborne sampling demonstrated that operation of the humidifier did not contribute to an increased risk of exposure through the re-aerosolisation of existing bioaerosols present in an indoor space.

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Stanley Steemer begin roll out of the first Certified professional carpet cleaning service

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Stanley Steemer, the largest deep cleaning service provider in the US, recently began the roll out of their professional carpet cleaning service which was the first to receive asthma & allergy friendly™ Certification from the Asthma & Allergy Foundation of America (AAFA). The distinctive Stanley Steemer vans, each of which is custom fitted at their factory with their proprietary cleaning equipment, now also display the asthma & allergy friendly™ Certification Mark.  The Certification follows extensive research and testing by airmid healthgroup, which found that the Stanley Steemer service can have a significant beneficial impact on the maintenance of healthy indoor spaces.

airmid healthgroup studied the impact of the Stanley Steemer carpet cleaning service in a cross section of US homes. The study measured allergen and microorganism levels in the air and on carpet surfaces before and after steam cleaning was carried out. The results showed that the Stanley Steemer deep cleaning process removed up to 97% of surface allergens and led to a 67% reduction in airborne cat allergen. In addition there was a 90% reduction of bacteria on carpet surfaces and airborne mold levels were reduced by 55%.

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Shaw Floors release news of a series of studies at airmid healthgroup

Shaw FloorsShaw Industries Group, Inc., the world's largest carpet manufacturer and a leading floor covering provider, recently released news of a series of studies that were carried out at airmid healthgroup comparing the impact of carpet and hardwood floors on indoor air quality. The studies showed that effectively cleaned carpets can trap allergens and other particles, resulting in fewer particles escaping into the air and thus contributing to the maintenance of indoor air quality.

Carpeting in the home has historically been associated with indoor exposure to allergens, therefore carpet removal in favour of hard flooring is frequently recommended to asthma and allergy sufferers as part of broader home allergen avoidance measures. Yet the available data on flooring and allergen exposures do not necessarily support this advice. Numerous studies have found that carpet acts as a bio-contaminant reservoir, with higher concentrations of dust, bacteria, fungi, house dust mites, and allergen being found in carpeted floors than in uncarpeted floors. The greater bio-contaminant levels in carpets may appear to be a reason to advocate hard flooring. However, it is important to emphasise that asthma and allergy sufferers are predominantly affected by the bio-contaminants that are present in the air in their breathing zone rather than what is present on or within the flooring surface. Therefore the focus shifts from the fact that carpet is a greater bio-contaminant reservoir to whether airborne levels of bio-contaminants are greater in the presence of carpeting or hard flooring.

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Protect-A-Bed’s encasement line achieves AAFA certification

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Protect-A-Bed's Allerzip smooth line of mattress and pillow encasements have been certified as asthma & allergy friendly by the Asthma & Allergy Foundation of America (AAFA) following testing at airmid healthgroup.

Protect-A-Bed® is a worldwide leader in mattress protection innovation. The company supplies mattress and pillow protectors to 7 of the 11 top bedding specialists in the United States, several of the top 100 U.S. furniture chains and all of the major distributors in the pest control and hospitality industry. Protect-A-Bed® products are carried by national retailers like J.C. Penney, Macy's and Sears in addition to representation by distributors in 35 countries across the world including a joint venture in China, Hong Kong and Taiwan, and more recently, opening a distribution in India, Russia and Singapore.

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breathease cleaning products launch in Tesco

tesco-logoTesco have launched a new cleaning range for asthma & allergy sufferers called breathease.  The range was developed by own label supplier Solent Group who engaged with airmid healthgroup to independently test & validate the suitability of the products for asthma and allergy sufferers.   This led to the range becoming the first cleaning products to be accredited by Asthma UK. 

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Solent Group specifically developed the products to support the needs of the 5.4 million people with asthma and the 21 million allergy sufferers in the UK who may have a heightened risk of their symptoms being triggered by existing cleaning products. Recognising the need for independent, third party validation of their product claims, they partnered with airmid healthgroup who provided consultancy advice and carried out rigorous testing on the products to ensure their suitability for asthma and allergy sufferers.  This ultimately led to the products receiving accreditation as asthma & allergy friendly™ by Asthma UK, the UK’s leading asthma charity.

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Fellowes AeraMax™ line of air purifiers certified by the Asthma & Allergy Foundation of America

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fellowes-logoThe Fellowes AeraMax™ line of air purifiers has been certified as asthma & allergy friendly™ by the Asthma & Allergy Foundation of America following testing at airmid healthgroup.

Fellowes Inc is a globally renowned manufacturer of office products such as paper shredders, binding and laminating equipment, and records storage boxes. Having recognised that indoor air quality is a significant and growing problem in homes and offices, they responded by adding air purifiers to their range of products. As a brand that is committed to delivering the highest quality, they understood the importance of engaging outside expertise to independently test and validate the performance of their latest products. As a result Fellowes collaborated with airmid healthgroup to test their air purifiers against a newly developed asthma & allergy friendly™ Certification standard for Air Cleaners with Hybrid Systems, ASP 08:05.

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airmid tests show APCO Air Purifier reduces bacteria by 98.85% and viruses by 99.03%

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airmid healthgroup, a third-party indoor-air-cleaning device test facility, has released the laboratory test results of a new combination ultraviolet light, activated carbon-media air purification and photocatalytic oxidation device.

The Dublin, Ireland-based airmid healthgroup, an international leader of indoor air quality-equipment testing, successfully demonstrated the APCO air purifier manufactured by Fresh-Aire UV has the capability to both sterilize microorganisms and reduce volatile organic compounds (VOCs). airmid healthgroup reported the APCO's UV light was "highly effective" at inactivating microbes, and that its titanium-dioxide infused carbon media matrix and PCO combination was "capable of reducing high concentrations" of VOCs commonly found in residences and commercial buildings, such as hospitals, hotels, offices and schools.

The UV-C light portion of the study simulated airstream microbe inactivation in an ASTM-/AHAM-style environmental test chamber that simulated a typical building's indoor environment and HVAC air-handler arrangement. A single-pass test was also performed on an ASHRAE Standard 52.2 test duct system.

The test's UV-C light single-pass inactivation results were: bacteria (S. epidermidis)—98.85%; virus (MS2 coliphage)—99.03%;and mold (A. niger)—78.80%.

The test, which simulated the typical indoor HVAC conditions of 73°F (23°C), 55% relative humidity and air-flow velocity of 492 ft/min (0.93m3/sec), was performed on a single pass. Indoor air quality experts claim even higher inactivity rates among the three tested microbes could occur in a multiple-pass environment, such as a typical building HVAC-recirculation unit with an APCO device.

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