Making our Home Healthy with Bona

May 19, 2015 Baltimore, MD, USA

A few months ago, My father-in-law's uncle passed away. Shortly after I got to work, Sean texted me:

"Can dad stay the night? The funeral is tomorrow."

Well duh, he's family. Of course he can stay. Except...

He's allergic to dogs.

Anise may be short-haired, but girl sheds enough to make a new bath rug to replace the one she just tore up. I am constantly sweeping our old hardwood floors and shocked at how much hair piles up (and how much is still somehow left behind). Don't even get me started on upholstered surfaces.

Before: Dull. Meh.
I'm sure you can imagine how quickly I got stressed at  having such limited time to de-allergify (I'm sure that's a word) our home on such short notice. It was the middle of the week, and I had put off some tasks knowing we were having company Friday and I was planning on a deeper clean closer to that time.

Thankfully, my work is awesome and my boss let me head out an hour early. I hussled home to walk Anise before frantically removing all covers from our futon and pillows and throwing them in the wash before attacking all our floors: a round of sweeping, then a round of vacuuming before finally mopping everything down.

When I say mopping, it's not what you might think. I live in a historic home (if you couldn't tell by the photo above) and the floors are older than I am. I love them. But caring for them isn't like caring for the laminate floors I grew up around. Water needs to be kept to a minimum and the homemade cleaners I prefer using ingredients like vinegar are also a no-go. I was so stressed at how to keep the floors clean and gorgeous without using harsh chemical cleaners.

As I stalked online forums to figure out the best cleaning option, Bona Hardwood Floor Cleaner came up again and again. Turns out, it's pretty much a godsend for hardwood floors. Even better, they make a Free & Simple® Hardwood Floor Cleaner (which is now certified and approved by the Asthma and Allergy Foundation of America!). I wouldn't have to deal with any nasty synthetic fragrance, and my FIL wouldn't have to worry about allergies - to Anise or the floor cleaner:
  • This non-toxic, effective hardwood floor cleaner removes at least 93.33% of allergens from hard surface floors.
  • Bona Free & Simple Hardwood Floor Cleaner has passed the Asthma and Allergy Foundation of America’s rigorous testing to achieve this certification.
  • Free of dyes and scents, Bona Free & Simple Hardwood Floor Cleaner cleans effectively and is hypo-allergenic so it is safe for allergy-sensitive families.
  • All Bona products are infused with more than 90 years of innovation and experience to keep floors looking beautiful. 
After: Shiny and allergen-free!
End of story? Our home was a Bona Healthy Home long before my FIL arrived for the night... a night which was allergy attack free!

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