Bissell Multi Allergen Removal Formula with Scotchgard
Like you I watch TV on a regular basis and like you I see more commercials than I care to remember. When I see a cleaning commercial I like to investigate the product(s) being pitched to see if we are getting the real deal or a 'snow job'.
Bissell is a well known name in the cleaning industry. They make vacuums, carpet cleaners, and all types of cleaning chemicals including the Bissell Multi Allergen Removal Formula w/Scotchgard. I formerly owned a Bissell steam cleaner and use to buy their 'Anti-Allergen' formula all the time (notice the name change). Because I have severe allergies I was looking for the silver bullet to my allergic diseases. As a side note I never personally saw any improvement to my allergies. But what about this Multi Allergen Removal Formula?
According to Bissell's own Consumer Safety Data Sheet this formula consists of the following chemicals: Surfactants, Acrylate Copolymer, Chelant, Fragrance, and Water. What this report does not demonstrate is how much of each chemical is found in the gallon jug that they sell. I would estimate that WATER makes up 80-90% of the jug. Here is a breakdown of the listed chemicals:
1). Surfactants: This is a wetting agent that lowers the surface tension of a liquid allowing for easier spreading. Surfactants are also found in make-ups, furniture polishes, etc.;
2). Acrylate Copolymer: This is Scotchgard or what is commonly known as carpet protectant;
3). Chelant: A chemical used to attract heavy metals such as iron, copper, calcium and manganese;
4). Fragrance: Another word for perfume not to be confused with carpet deoderizers;
Can you guess which one is the cleaning agent? If you aren't sure then email me for the correct answer.
There is no mention on the product label, the Consumer Data Safety Sheet, or their website that demonstrates how this product is some how an 'anti-allergen' formula. Their website does discuss that the primary causes of allergies is pet dander, dust mites, and dust mite feces and they are correct, but there is no information as to how this product is going to reduce your allergies. They do state that regular cleaning reduces the amount of allergens in your home, but what about the product. As a side note dust mite feces is the number one 'trigger' for allergic diseases and 60% of all dust mites and their feces are found in your mattress. Sense you spend 1/3rd of your life in bed doesn't it make sense to clean your mattress too?
Sorry Bissell but I have to rate this one a Snow Job!