Quick Facts about furniture polish spray:
Has your child swallowed furniture spray polish like Pledge®? Well, you’ve come to the right place! Aerosol furniture spray contains a variety of solvents, oils, and waxes that are used to polish wood and restore its natural shine. There are also furniture sprays which utilize a pump instead of a button to expel the product. These contain similar ingredients except there is no hydrocarbon solvent (the propellant needed to get the spray out of the container).
It is common for the mist or “over-spray” of the product to get into the mouth, eyes, or on the skin. Minor mist exposures may cause a bad taste in the mouth and irritation of the eyes or skin. Prompt first aid will help prevent unwanted symptoms. Exposed skin should be washed with a gentle soap and water. If the mist gets into the eyes, flush with plenty of water (call the poison center for instructions). Getting the mist in the mouth does not taste good, which usually limits the amount swallowed. Wipe out the mouth with a wet washcloth or swish and spit with water to rinse the mouth and then give a normal serving size of a beverage to drink.
If you find your child has gotten into furniture polish, do not panic. Take the polish away from them, wipe out the mouth with a soft, wet cloth and give them some water to drink. If problems start or you have questions, call the Missouri Poison Center right away at 1-800-222-1222. The poison center is open all day, every day for poisoning emergencies and questions.