Anyone who knows me, knows that although I don't have an OCD cleaning habit or anything, when the mood takes me I like to go on a frenzy and just give the entire flat a whole good thorough once over. In our living room we have a nice little wooden table which seems to attract dust and grime at the speed of lightening and recently when browsing my poundland I managed to nab a bag of these Pledge multi-surface Clean & Dust wipes.
In a pack there are 25 wipes which are like wet wipes essentially but for cleaning! They come in a blue and white plastic little pack, and have a resealable flap which can be peeled back to reveal the wipes, pull one out and simply re-seal to retain the moisture and preserve the cleaning agents embedded in the wipes. The wipes are fantastically easy to use just one quick sweep across the surface and they pick up the dirt and grime off the table with ease, and I was amazed at how dirty the table was as the wipe was completely brown! Eew!
The good thing about these wipes is that they are versatile and suitable for various surfaces e.g glass, wood, "electronic" (whatever that means!) and metal. I mainly use these for my wooden table but on occasion I will use these in the bathroom and have a go around the sink and the edge of the bath and I find they leave a lovely glisten and leave the home smelling fresh and revived. The wipes themselves are of excellent quality as they are thick and durable and don't fall apart too easily and hold their own at tough jobs. I haven't had a need to be scrubbing away with these wipes but one wipe is rather large so they last long in the sense that one wipe can be used on an extremely large surface and I rarely need to use more than a wipe at a time.
The wipes have that usual "pledge" smell so to me these are a more effective and easier way to clean my home without having to get the cloth and the spray, so for me these are really a 2 in 1 job! They actually do leave a streak-free shine (a selling point highlighted on the pack) and so I would totally buy these again. I think I got an absolute bargain as I haven't seen them in my local poundland again and they seem to retail in supermarkets for around £2-£2.50 but even at that price when this pack runs out I'll certainly buy them again!
Although having a duster is all very well and good, sometimes it just wafts the dust up into the air and causes it to land somewhere else. You need a fluid to trap the dust and absorb the spores. This is a product that my mum recommended, as she is a dusting enthusiast! For about £1.50, you get ten individual wipes, which can be re-used around the house to do all the dusting that you ever need do.
So why these and not a standard duster? Well, these are infused with a light lemon zest which not only delivers a decent fresh smell as you whizz around around the room and dust, but the liquid trapped in the sheets also helps to absorb the dust and bacteria that is lurking, which means you are effectively doing a more thorough and more hygienic clean, something that pleases me, being a health and hygiene freak!
When I used them, I found I was able to tackle skirting boards, bed posts, tables and shelves and also more stubborn areas like under kitchen cabinets; the grime from these was quite unpleasant. If you do a light clean you could use the wipes again, but if you're doing a full on spring clean, then you will probably need to throw the wipes away afterwards. It does save you having to keep spraying out polish which is handy and the sheets do collect a lot of dust as well as general dirt, meaning surfaces stay cleaner for longer.
I have noticed that my hi fi equipment benefits from these, as it seems to keep them dust free for longer using a liquid infused wipe, rather than a casual dust. They can be bought from all leading supermarkets and are a good little extra to aid your cleaning.
~~~Tidbits about the maufacturer~~~
I like to know just who I am buying from. Familiar names sometimes turn out to have ethics I would rather not support, so now I check out the manufacturers before succumbing to mere sentimentality and familarity.
SC Johnson Wax was founded in the mid 1880's when Samuel Curtis Johnson purchased a parquet flooring business and decided to refocus the business on his paste wax for wood floo and named the business after it (Johnson's Prepared Paste Wax Company). The business did well, and continued to expand into other areas of household cleaning.
Interstingly, for a company so alrge, it is still a family held business. The business passed from father to son, and so on down the line. This is perhaps why it never lost its focus as a family friendly business, even to being ranked in the top ten of comapnies who are wonderful for working mothers to work for, by Working Womean magazine for the past two years. It also has the distinction of scoring 100% every year on Corporate Equality Index report prepared by the Human Rights Campaign. THE HRC is a lobbying group for homosexuals and transgenders, and the index scores firms on related workplace issues. This of course is not without controversery, with some religious conservatives therefore boycotting the company for its "antifamily and pro-gay" stances. Other firms to be so boycotted include Disney, IBM, Volvo, Nike, and American Airlines. As I am personally pro humanity, and for all to have equal rights and thinking people should be allowed to be happy in themselves in general, this issue does not afect me, so i happily purchase from SC Johnson (and from Disney, IBM, and hey, we drive a VOLVO!). Now that my curiousity into their corparate integrity is satisfied, let's have a look at the product at hand.
Ordianry polish is for just sealed woods, and puts a waxy sheen on it, though Pledge itself is wax free so no build up. Dust and Go is one of the newer types of polishes that is a multi-surface and anti-dust product rather than just a mere polish. The company claim that its anti static properties will help repel dust and allergens from surfaces, and that it will pick up more of said dust and pet dander than normal cleaners would. It also claims you can use it on all sorts of surfaces, from sealed woods to laminated kitchen cabinets, to stainless steel and chrome, to glass. Having two small children who delight in making fingerprints, and two cats, I decided to put it to the test. Allergy tablets at the ready, I waited TWO weeks to dust my living and dining rooms, did not wash the interior of windows in those rooms, and did not wipe down the exterior of my kitchen cupboards or my refrigerator.
Grime to the ready, when my shopping was delivered, I put everything else away, but kept out my 250 ml tin of this stuff, and a dry, clean dust cloth. The intructions said to shake the tin well before use, hold upright, and spray directly onto the surface to be cleaned from a distance of aproximately 8 inches. Into the living room I went and tried it out. Upon spraying down my mantle and various wooden surfaces with a light mistt, I was greeted first by a light citrus scent that was quite pleasant and unchemical seeming. It wiped off well, without streaks, and my wood was left dust with a light shine. A quick go over of the dvd cases yielded a similiar result. Next came my TV. The plastic outer cleaned up well, and so I bit the bullet and put a light spray onto the glass. I need not have worried. It cleared the dust off the screen and removed the children's fingerprints as easily as glass cleaner. Unlike glass cleaner however, it did not run meaning I did not have to race to catch drips, and it was less hassle to wipe off as a quick wipe down was all that was required to remove it without any streaking or reapplications needed. Okay so far so good, but what aboout my windows? I have my exterior windows washed once a fortnight, so inside dust and fingerprints always really show. I do wash them down inside once a fortnight, but hate haing to do the entire window on the near daily occasions that my children put messy handprints on them. Such handprints were in place, and my exterior windows had just been washed so the muck was glaringly obvious. I gave a light spritz of the Pledge Clean and Dust on JUST the affcted area and... it cleaned it off easily and without a need to polish the entire window to blend the "just cleaned" spot in. This told me that it removed the offending mess without my having to distribute it about as I wiped, and I was quite pleased about it. Satisfied with its performance on real wood, plastic, and glass in my living and dining room, I moved onto the kitchen.
A quick spritz on the cupboards and the refrigerator gave a nice quick shine without runny, wet mess and very little effort. A quick spray on my stainless steel kettle likewise yielded great results, and when I later boiled said kettle, I did not see any darkened spots appear from residue being heated. My kichen taps likewise shined up, and that evening before bed, I tried it on my laminate worktop. My laminate worktop is a black gloss variety, and shows streaks VERY easily. This stuff left NO streaks on show, and I was VERY pleased on the amount of reduced time I spent getting that non streaky gleam to my counters. All I had to do was use a soapy sponge to remove food and any grease as usual, and wipe dry, then lightly spray on the Pledge, and wipe off with a duster. Fantastic!
As for the claims on helping repel dust, I have to say it appears to be true. When using glass cleaner on my TV and monitor screens, we had to wipe for dust at least twice a week due to static attracting it. Now it is down to once every other week , unless my son forgets and touches the TV again with his hands! ARGH! LOL
I have to say that I love this stuff. At 83 pence a tin, it won't break the bank. It is versatile, and the cleaner does not aggravate my allergies or asthma in any way. It makes my clean up easier, as I do not have to carry quite so many products about room to room. The sheen on the wood is not as deep a shine as normal Pledge, so I use the normal type Plege now once a month, and maintain it between times with this stuff. Window solutions are not found here anymore. I use soap and water when I need to wash an entire window, and handprints and what not are dealt with a quick spritz of this stuff. I appreciate the non runny formula, and like the light fresh scent a lot more than window cleaning liquids' typical chemical odour. The dust repelling nature of the product has meant I can dust less frequently in the various rooms, down to just once a week, as dust simply does not settle heavily on the surfaces any longer. Between this and my Dyson, dust and dander simply don't have a chance in this house! Continued use on my counters and cabinets has not produced any bubbling or dulling, and there is a distinct lack of buildup on any of the surfaces I have used this on, so two thumbs up from me!
I ordred mine from Asda, for 83 pence a tin, and a quick glance at Tesco's site tells me it is the same price there. You are likely to find this in the cleaning aisle of most supermarkets and general stores for about this price. Being easy to get a hold of and inexpensive, I really do recommend you try it.
I am a new giraffe. No, I have not had a new body fitted with super duper powers; I am a "new" giraffe. Just in case you think MrKing has turned into a giraffe I have to inform you, that yes this is a giraffe writing this, Geoffrey the mohican giraffe. (Some people put mad in that somewhere, but I am not mad, I am nice, I just get annoyed and scalp people sometimes.) So why am I a "new" giraffe, well let me tell you a story about hidey holes, dust that went up my nose and the unrequited love of my life Luscious Linda the female giraffe. I was having my breakfast one morning last week, (pop tarts of a chocolate flavour) when MrKing said, "so where will you take Linda if you manage to bring her home?" I pondered this for some time and said "my hidey hole!" "Ahh now Geoffers my deluded little giraffe chap, your hidey hole is disgusting it has not been cleaned ever!" said MrKing with one of his I am a parent person in this role and you are the child expression. I fixed MrKing's hair with one of my stares, how did he know where my hidey hole was? The naughty man had been spying, (I hope he has not found the Christmas presents that I have purchased for him and the lovely Lorraine.) Well he had a point, how could I ever show Linda my pole if my hidey hole was filthy. Mr King gave me a cloth called a duster, but not like a knuckle duster which you can hit people with, a duster duster a floppy yellow cloth that apparently loves clearing up dust. I remember seeing a cleaning lady on TV once, and so I got a tea towel and wrapped that round my head, and found my pinny and put that on. Then came the magic. MrKing gave me a can of Pledge, clean and dust, I thought it should be called dust and clean, cos apparently you dust and then the thing you dust is clean, you don't clean and then the thing you clean is more dusty! Equipped to clean up my mess, I embarked on my cleaning journey.
What you do with Pledge is spray it on the dusty area and then wipe off with your duster. But you must spray with the can at a little vertical angle and a little way away from the thing you want cleaned and not horizontal, if you spray with the can horizontal you just get a blob of white stuff! When you spray the Pledge, it makes a sound like it wants to tell you a secret, it goes pssst. I wondered what it had to tell me and put the can near my ear and pressed the spray button. It didn't tell me anything but it did make my ear all wet and smelling of lemons. Lemons are a yellow fruit that smell nice, but on your ear it makes you smell like a tart's boudoir. I looked for the can's hair, I got my axe, but in case you did not know a can has no hair so if it annoys you, you cannot scalp it! Having recovered from my wet ear, I sprayed my hidey hole with Pledge and dusted, I cleaned my table with my totem pole on it, I cleaned my totem pole, paying special attention to the carving of a number 10 Tottenham shirt, I cleaned lots of things, but not my chair because that is not wood or plastic or glass or fake wood, it is a nice comfy material with paddy bits underneath. That is paddy as in its pads your bum, rather than stuffed with Irish people. ["Oi Geoffrey stop that, that is rude and racist and you should not say those things! What do they teach you in school these days?"] Now this Pledge is cool, it has anti-static agents that help lift the dust onto the duster and make sure there is no dust left on the area you want there to be no dust on. This claim is true, my hidey hole had no dust in it when I had finished and that was what I wanted, I think anti-static agents are great but not if you are a static. You have to be careful with Pledge, it says it cleans all sealed wood (so no cleaning wood that does not have a seal living on it!), so as my hidey hole has a wooden floor, I sprayed it and c
leaned it and whoops all fall down Geoffrey. Pledge makes things slippy and sliddy and so don't dust your wooden floors using Pledge. This gave me a cool idea though, I invited Bradley the permanently sad looking basset hound into my hidey hole for afternoon tea, I was careful with my hooves, but Bradley did not know I pledged and he fell over and it was funny. But I still gave him a cup of tea and a biscuit, because I like Bradley really. My hidey hole was all clean, I had dusted with the Pledge my TV, my radio, my telephone, my table and the box where I keep my motorbike magazines, they were all squeaky clean, which was strange cos my floor was all slippy after I had used Pledge. My hole smelled all clean and lemon like and there was no dust in the air or musty smell in my hidey hole. I think it was most pleasant. Pledge has a phone number, it is 0800 353 353, I called it and said "Hello, I am a giraffe and I want to know if I can use Pledge on my pole?". The lady was very polite and said "Well, we don't often get giraffes wanting to dust their pole, what is the pole made of?" I told her it was wood and it had carvings in it and that it had been sealed with secret Indian pole sealing wax. The nice lady told me I could use Pledge on my pole, which was a good job as I already had. I think this is a nice idea, next time I use Pledge on something, like the big leather armchair I would like, I will phone up the Pledge lady and ask her advice. It was nice that the lady wasn't nasty to me because of my giraffe status like some people are. What is also good with Pledge is that it respects my environment, some aerosols (apparently that is what propels the Pledge out of its can) are very bad for the environment and release very nasty gasses called CFCs (like Bradley does from his bum sometimes, but I don't know if they are called CFCs) but Pledge is an air propelled aerosol, which is good for my hole
environment. As an animal I like this, some things humans do to my cousin's homeland is horrible. All that was left to do was to call Linda and see if she wanted to come round to see my pole. I used my nice clean telephone that no longer blew dust up my nose and made me sneeze when I picked it up and called her. But she told me that she had a date with a rather cute Seal by the name of Simon. I blew a strawberry at her and told her that all Simon did was sit on wood, so there and that I had a very big and decorative pole to show her that was now clean and wonderful and smelt of Lemons, then I cried. I am going to clean my hidey hole more often now, it is fun to share wet secrets with Pledge (although not good for little ears), it makes things smell nice and cleans dust away and stops it coming back so quickly as your furniture is coated with anti-static stuff that repels the nasty dust stuff. I also have to tell you that my table looked great and had no smears on it after its cleaning, which apparently is important as some other dusting stuff leaves smears on your pole which would really take away the artistic effect. That is my cleaning story, I like Pledge it gets rid of dust, it smells nice, does not leave smears and can be used on lots of furniture, if you are worried you can telephone the nice Pledge lady like I did. The recommended retail price of a can of Pledge clean and dust is £1.25 and it lasts a long time. I cleaned my hidey hole with MrKing's can and he dusts once every two weeks or so, the living room, the bedroom and the office room and the can lasts for about 3 months. Linda does not know what she is missing, as I am a "new" giraffe that does the cleaning. MrKing told me to tell you that it comes in other smells as well!
On the rare occasions I get the polish out and actually polish the wooden furniture, then I reach for Pledge as I love the way it leaves a fresh, pleasant smell and a lovely polished dust-free surface. The only downside for me, is the fact that it makes me sneeze. Imagine my delight when I saw Pledge Dust and Go dry scented cloths. They are a dry wipe that is impregnated with Pledge polish. I saw them in Wilkinsons and they were about £1.45 for a refil pack of 10 cloths. They were originally designed to fit onto these floor sweepers like "Swiffer". The floor sweeper systems are quite expensive to buy, but the cloths are not and it was not long before people found they could dust with them instead of using a normal duster. They work by attracting dust, hair and dirt like a magnet as they have an electromagnetic charge and a web of interlinked fibres that trap the hair and dust etc and keep them in the fibres rather than spread it around as you dust. When you have dusted, you just throw the cloth away. The ones I am using now are impregnated with a lemon scent and I bought them on offer in Sainsburys recently. They were about £1.19 for a pack of 10 cloths. They come in a re-sealable pack, and because they are a dry cloth, they don't dry out, or leave any smears on your furniture. They leave a lovely smell in your room and they don't make me sneeze. I have found them very good for getting dog hairs out of little nooks and crannies.
Pledge clean and dust is a great product which does exactly what it claims to do. Although it took me a couple of tries to get used to the air propelled spray system this product uses (you must hold the can completely upright, or you get a dribble of polish all down your hand!), I soon got the hang of it, and its nice to see that some manufacturers are trying to mend their ways to help the environment! This product claims to be suitable for cleaning all types of surfaces, including wood, plastic and glass, and, for once, all that is said on the tin is true! I now regularly use this product alone to clean all the surfaces in my living room, from furniture to television screen, and have found it works without smears even on glass. Another bonus of this product is its pleasant lemony smell, which actually smells nice rather than intrusive and chemical as some other products can...and if you can pick it up in a pound shop as I did, its an even better bargain!
I am currently conducting a survey in my house - upstairs I am using Pledge Clean adn Dust Amber Lemon and downstairs I am using Tesco value Furniture Polish. The pledge I got for 85p, the tesco value costs 40p. Firstly, the Pledge wins on smell. The Amber Lemon is really very pleasant. It also hangs around for a while, but is not overpowering. The Tesco Value has the really "old fashioned" furniture polish smell, which isn't nice when first sprayed but is okay once its faded. The Pledge has the advantage of cleaning just about any surface. I have tested it on glass and this works very well. It cleans easily and does not smear. On wood it does bring the surfaces up clean and shiny. The Tesco works okay on glass, but it is harder work to stop it smearing. They are comparable on wood, although I have noticed that the tesco one seems to get dusty a little more quickly. The Pledge doesn't boast that it is dust repellant, so I don't know if this is something genuine that I ahve spotted or a mere coincidence. On the whole, I am torn between the two products ; my pledge was twice as expensive (and I'm sure I got it cheap!)but it does seem to reduce effort slightly so this may be worth paying extra for if you are busy. The main selling point for me is the smell. It is absolutely wonderful!
I have just spent the day cleaning up after having new double glazing installed, and I’m shattered. One thing though, which today has taught me is, don’t move furniture you haven’t cleaned under, when there are strangers present! This little spray cleaner did the business and dusted good style . . .but One other lesson I learned today was . . . never to buy this polish, ever again. I first bought it some time ago, and I found back then that it pongs something rotten,. . . I should have remembered, but no . . . this memory loss is starting to get annoying! Anyway, the moral of the story is to take a sniff before you buy. Unless you want to have a clean house which no one wants to live in, ‘cause of the pong GG
There can be very houses which need simply "dusting". Whenever the duster and polish comes out, it is usually to remove that thin layer of dust and clean some or other sticky substance from furniture, television screens etc. Having bought many types of polish, mainly attracted by their claims for removing dust or simply because they smell nice, I always return to Pledge Clean and Dust. Rather than simply picking up dust, this polish will remove dirt and stickies from surfaces. Other polishes tend to smear sticky marks rather than removing them and also leave a build up of polish on wood surfaces.
Dust is everywhere in your home / It not only makes your furniture and other surfaces look dull and lifeless, but it also contains allergens like pet dander, mold and spores / Dusting with a dry cloth only scatters the dust and allergens into the air where they can be inhaled / Pledge Clean & Dust spray has a unique combination of anti-static agents and attracts and removes more dust and allergens than a plain cloth / Its special cleaning ingredients easily remove fingerprints and smears.