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Brand: Dettol / Type: Floor Cleaner / Category: Cleaning & Disinfectant

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      13.09.2013 00:28
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      Floor cleaner

      Dettol spray and wipe

      Especially as the weather gets wetter I really seem to be mopping my floors constanty and wanted something which didn't involve me getting out the mop and bucket every time.

      THE RPOMISES...
      This promises to be a complete floor cleaner which will cut through grease leave a visible shine and also kill 99.9% of germs.
      WHERE CAN I USE IT? ...

      The product can be used o vinyl and sealed laminate floors, lino, glazed tiles and varnished wood, so really most floor types.

      PRODUCT AND PACKAGING...

      The product comes in a large 1L plastic bottle with all of the information and instructions on the back of the bottle. When I look through the bottle I see that the product looks green which doesn't surprise me given that it is supposed to have an apple scent. It is a liquid, and no thicker than that and it does have a faint apple smell; I was expecting it to smell a bit more like a disinfectant but instead its more a fresh clean smell

      USING THE PRODUCT...

      To dispense the floor cleaner, pull up the tab so that the liquid can be dispensed from the hole at the top of the tab. The floor should be swept or vacuumed before applying the product. Once this is done, then tip the bottle and give it a squeeze so that the product is dispensed onto the floor. I find that it does come out of the bottle nice and easily and is small jets of the liquid rather thn a spray. Another good design feature is the fact that it doesn't just squirt straight ahead but comes out and sprays to the sides as well as right in front. This means that I get a good coverage ready to mop.

      Once the liquid is on the floor it can be wiped clean with a cloth sponge or mop- my preference is a mop. It is easy to spread evenly across the floor, needs no rinsing and dries quickly. Job done!

      PRICE AND AVAILABILITY...

      The RRP is around the £1.50 mark but it is often available in bargain stores. The product is widely available in supermarkets and as well as the apple one I have seem one with a citrus scent.

      VERDICT...

      A great product which means I don't have to carry the mop bucket around to clean the floors. Easy to use this leaves the rooms smelling really fresh and clean and I especially like the fact that it cuts down on cleaning.

      Recommended

      Thanks for reading

      Daniela xx

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        17.01.2012 18:46
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        Great product by a brand I trust

        We have recently been trying out anew method of cleaning the kitchen floor in our house - that is the non-bucket method. We have bought a bottle of good old Dettol (I love this brand). It says it cleans without much fuss or mess and without the added use of the bucket.

        This product cost us 99p and we ought it from Home Bargains. The bottle is large - 2 litres and the plastic bottle is s rich deep dark green colour with the familiar Dettol logo on the front.

        The top of the bottle has a little pull out white cap. You simply turn the bottle on its end (i.e. upside down) and squirt a generous amount of the contents over the floor. The idea is that you do not have to rinse off the residue after you have washed / mopped the floor with this product. I can personally vouch for the fact that on our kitchen floor, despite not rinsing afterwards, it left us with a grease and grime free and streak free finish. It was actually very impressive.

        Added to this was the fact that the product has a great fresh pine smell. It's not too strong, but jut right in my personal opinion. Some people do not like the smell of pine but I personally love it as I feel it is a reassuring smell which makes me think my surfaces are ultra clean and fresh and without germs.

        The floor dried itself off quite quickly afterwards and the floor was sparking clean. I love this stuff. It is so much easier and quicker than getting out the bucket and filling it with water and rinsing off afterwards etc., this is so much more convenient as floor cleaner.

        We have also used it in the downstairs bathroom and again the floor has come up impressively clean and without any streaks.

        This is great stuff and I really do recommend it.

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          10.11.2010 20:26

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          Perfect for my laminate flooring

          This floor cleaner is excellent. I love Dettol products and the fact that they kill bacteria. I have a dog and a 1 year old so clean floors are a must and as I have laminate flooring I am always cleaning them but cannot get the laminate floor too wet so this floor cleaner is the perfect solution for me.

          With this floor cleaner you don't have to dilute it and it is very simple to use as the bottle as a lid which pops up and you just squirt some on the floor and clean it with a damp mop. It has a lovely fresh smell so leaves my floor smelling nice and clean. It also makes my laminate floor look shiny and streak free. It is so quick to use because you don't have to keep rinsing a mop out.

          Another thing that I like about it is that because you don't have to soak the floor when you use it it dries quickly which is good for me with a toddler running about.

          I pay about £1 for it which is an excellent price. The bottle is a large size and lasts quite a long time depending on how much floor you have to clean.

          I would definately recommend this and I think if you have young children it is a good idea to use something like this that will kill bacteria as kids are always picking things up off the floor. I feel like I am doing the best for my family by using this and my floors feel and look really clean and fresh.

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          05.08.2009 00:13
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          A great idea but not up to the task.

          Review of Dettol Direct Floor Cleaner

          **The Product**

          This is a liquid floor cleaner from the well known company Dettol, which promises to clean floors with a minimum of fuss, no bucket and no rinsing away of suds.

          **My Experience**

          I bought a bottle of Dettol Direct Floor cleaner in the hope of being able to do a quick kitchen floor clean, instead of my usual mop and bucket rigmarole.
          The only entry into our house from the garden is through the kitchen, so as you can imagine, it is a high traffic area!

          We have a dog who delights in tramping mud through the kitchen on a daily basis, the kitchen floor does take a bashing and hygiene is obviously of prime importance, especially as we have visiting grandchildren, one of whom is at the toddling stage.

          The product seemed like a good idea, just squirt it on and mop. As it's made by Dettol, it should have been fine but in practice it didn't work too well.
          I swept the kitchen as usual and then followed the instructions, squirting the floor cleaner in a side to side motion. The product was very dilute and in spite of careful mopping didn't seem to be up to the job! The vinyl flooring looked streaky and dull, the product's smell was quite unpleasant. I'd expected a more natural, pine fresh aroma, not the synthetic pong I got!
          It occurs to me that as the product is not rinsed off and the residue therefore remains on the floor, you are not really removing the dirt merely swishing it around. So much for hygiene!

          I found the floor dried well but it wasn't as clean as I would have liked. Perhaps in a non animal owning household the results might be better. The product blurb states that you do not need a bucket, but where then am I supposed to rinse my mop I wonder? I have an issue with using the kitchen sink for this as vegetables are prepared and dishes washed in it, so no way do I want floor washing equipment there! Perhaps I could go outside and rinse my mop under the garden tap? That's fine for me, but not everyone has access to such a thing. If you lived in a third floor flat....well...I think you get my drift!

          **Conclusion**

          Although Dettol Direct floor cleaner sounds like a great idea, offering no fuss, no mess, no bother, the product didn't live up to my expectations.

          Thank you for reading

          ©Brittle1906 August 2009

          N.B. Review first posted on Ciao.co.uk under same user name, brittle1906.

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            07.04.2009 10:51
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            A great product for saving time

            With having two small children and a dog regulary trapsing in and out the kitchen through my patio doors my kitchen floor constantly is in the need of cleaning. To be honest it was always one of those jobs I put off and disliked doing as I always seemed to end up with a completely saturated floor and a three year old complaining of wet socks. I alway used a tradional style mop and bucket and even when I had just mopped, it never felt truly clean.

            My mum suggested the Dettol Direct Floor Cleaner to me and with my second baby just about to enter the crawling stage, I needed to ensure that the floor was really clean as I was sure within too long she would have her face against it.

            I bought the product in my big Tesco's online shop and the price was £2.24 for a litre bottle. The bottle I purchased was the Apple variety and the liquid itself was quite a appley green colour. I'm not sure if it does come in any other varieties as I have only ever bought the apple variety. The bottle itself it quite tall and the perfect width for you be able to squeeze the liquid out with one hand. The stopper at the top of the bottle is also rather handy as you simply pull up to release the valve to let the liquid out and then push down again to close. I found this really useful as all too often I misplace lids for things and they end up back in the cupboard lidless and there lies the potential spillage problems!

            It is a direct floor cleaner so using the product couldn't be easier, you do not need to mix it with water, or use a bucket you simply give the floor a good squirt, which is actually quite good fun. Then you mop away and then quite simply your done, as no rinsing is required.

            I found the whole process so much easier and quicker using this product, as you are not left with excess water and the floor really does dry in record time. It has stopped mopping the floor from being a real chore for me and now it's something I can do in a few minutes.

            The Dettol floor cleaner also has a really clean and fresh smell and as it is anti-bacterial you are safe in the knowledge that the baby can crawl around on the floor without picking up any nasties. It really does leave my floor looking shiney clean and smelling fresh.

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              17.10.2008 15:25
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              great for busy lives

              This is a floor cleaner that is made by Dettol.
              I have been using this product for a long time now and find it a very good product.

              It is a direct floor cleaner. You do not have to mix with water or use a bucket you just simply pull open the lid and squirt directly onto the floor. No rinsing required.

              The product is packaged in a transparent bottle. It has the well known Dettol cross on the front. It has a very nice lid design it is a pull up lid to open and you push it down again to close. It is like the lids on many drinks bottles.

              The floor cleaner itself is blue in colour. I think this is a great colour because it is very easy to see when you apply it to the floor. It also has a very fresh clean smell.

              As well as being very easy to use it also speeds up the time often required for waiting for the floor to dry. As you are not adding excess water to the floor and just using the cleaning product the floor dries amazingly quickly. I often find that by the time I have done my floors, the point where I started is already dry. This is perfect as I have a puppy I have to send to the garden whilst I am doing this job. You can use this product with a standard mop or what I find easiest is a floor cleaner that holds floor cleaning wipes. This allows you to throw the wipe away at the end of cleaning and therefore you dont have to store a damp mop.

              This product is ideal if you have a busy life as it is so quick and simple. It leaves the floors clean and shiny with no slippiness. It is antibacterial as well.

              For a 1 litre bottle it costs £1.65.
              It is available from supermarkets.

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                09.02.2008 17:24
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                Good value cleaner

                As I have a delightful but messy six month old puppy, our kitchen and utility floors are cleaned at least once, normally closer to three times a day. I was using a standard squeezy mop with diluted floor cleaner but found that the floor was never squeaky clean, and having the puppy and young children about meant that using undiluted floor cleaner was a big no no. I also found that the floor took ages to dry, and the mop didn't take long to start smelling less than fresh so to say. My mum recommended this product. She said that you did not need to use a bucket, just squirt the cleaner onto the floor, clean with a mop and leave to dry. It seemed an ideal alternative to what I was doing so I bought it when I was shopping. It cost me £1.59 for a 1 litre bottle, which is about double the price of my current disinfectant, but I was hoping it would last longer so it would not work out too expensive.

                The product was easy to spot amongst the other floor cleaners, and seemed more reasonably priced than some of the competitors. The bottle is made of transparent plastic with a white easy to open pouring spout (the kind on sports drinks that you pull up to release the liquid), and the liquid inside is blue. The design to the bottle is pretty simple and the labelling is minimal, consisting of mostly instructions of use, but totally suitable for the product. I was pleasantly suprised to find that it was a cleaner with anti bacterial properties also.

                I swept the floor before I started to make sure there were no "bits" on the floor. The instructions on the bottle advise you to dampen your mop, so unless you want to try and do this under a tap, then the claim that you do not need a bucket is incorrect. I chose to use the bucket for easiness. I then squirted the liquid over the floor and put an extra squirt on any marks which looked like they might be quite stubborn. Be careful not to squeeze the bottle too hard as there are four holes in the spout and the liquid can come out quicker than you anticipate. I would advise short sharp squirts. I left it for about 30 seconds and then got to work with my mop. I have to say that the stains disappeared with every stroke of the mop, and there was little elbow grease needed, whilst there was barely any residual liquid left on the floor. Now, this is where my earlier decision to have a bucket came in handy. Firstly, on a large floor you are going to have to wring out your mop, so where do you do that with no bucket? Secondly, when I finished cleaning the floor, where would I clean the dirty mop? Both times, the answer for me is the bucket. I then left the floor to dry, which took around 15 minutes to be completely bone dry, although I could have walked on it 5 minutes before that. The floor was noticably cleaner and smelt fresher, (although not overpowering), than when I use my big standard disinfectant. There did not seem to be a film of residue on the floor either.

                Don't use the product on any floor that is cracked or unsealed as it will get underneath and cause damage. I can see the bottle lasting for a decent amount of time, and I may need to buy this once a month because the amount it takes to clean the floor is minimal. It has certainly replaced any other floor cleaners that we have used in he past.

                Please ignore the picture above as it is the wrong product picture Dooyoo have uploaded.

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                  11.11.2003 21:25
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                  Dooyoo has for some reason known only to them put the wrong picture on this. I have emailed them about it, but they must be busy. So I shall wait no longer. Cleaning my kitchen floor is a tedious job I’m not really fond of doing, like most people. Well I’ve seen that product on the telly that you don’t even need a bucket for and you don’t even need to rinse. Apparently you just squirt it on the floor, rub over with mop and hey presto it’s done. Well this I just had to try for my self, as it sounded so quick and easy. The product of course is “Direct floor cleaner” made by that old and trusted name of “Dettol”. I put it on my shopping list and proceeded to the local Sainsbury’s where I had no trouble in finding it on the shelves. I have also seen it in Superdrug, Safeway and Tessco’s so there is no difficulty in purchasing it. My bottle bought at Sainsbury’s cost me £1.89 for a 1-litre bottle. This is fairly average with the exception of any special offer there might be around. The cleaner comes in a tall mid blue plastic bottle. The label on the front has the usual little sword symbol we are all familiar with and it tells you the product is anti-bacterial. On the back it has the instructions for use and warning that it is not suitable for use on unsealed floors. The top on the bottle is one of those little plastic nozzles that you just pull up to open, this opens easily with very little force needed so elderly and weak hands should be able to cope with it. On the very top are four tiny little holes of which the liquid comes out. When it came time to wash my kitchen floor. I decided to use this so I dampened my mop as told to on the instructions. I then pulled up nozzle up and squirted it on my floor. This bit I quite enjoyed, it makes a change for me to be making the mess on the floor instead of just being the one to clean it up. The liquid shoots out of the t
                  op in four streams at an angle so don’t start in the corner or you’re likely to squirt it up your walls. After applying the liquid I grabbed my mop and mopped. So far so good, what a doddle this seemed really great. Now having done this I was standing there with my dirty mop, so do I (a) put it away dirty, or (b) get out the bucket I was told I would not need, so I could wash my mop. So point one, unless you buy one of their mop’s that take the disposable pad’s you do still need a bucket to rinse the mop in. Hummm. It didn’t take a great deal of liquid to do my floor but I only have a small kitchen so the bottle should last for quite some time. There for it is quite economical. On the bottle it informs you that it is formulated to dry in five minutes, this sounded good to me so I decided to put this to the test and set my kitchen timer to five minutes and waited. After my little bell on the timer sounded I gleefully went to check my floor. Ah! It was still quite wet (so much for that claim). I left it for a further five-minute and this time on my return it was nice and dry. So point two it takes between five and ten minutes to dry, still quite good though. The next test, was it clean? Well in a word NO! It did shift the surface dirt, but no way would I call it clean, in fact I’m going to wash it again. It does claim to kill 99.9% of bacteria, but the air is full of bacteria and as soon as it dries there will be millions of little uninvited guests back on the floor. It does have to be said it doesn’t clean it as clean as with a mop and bucket. The bottle claims it doesn’t leave the floor sticky so I slipped off my slippers and walked across the room and it wasn’t sticky in the slightest. There was only a very faint smell of detergent to it and this faded quickly. There is a web site for this at homesolutionsnews.com where they offer to let you print o
                  ut mo ney off coupon. I tried this but it just went round in circles and I never found it. May be you might have better luck, its worth a go. Well all in all my personal opinion on this product is, it does clean the floor a little, but not satisfactory in my opinion. You will need the bucket to clean your mop. It’s not quite as quick to dry as it leads you to believe, but it is useful I suppose in certain times, like when you have just washed your floor but forgot the dog was out in the garden and its raining, then it is useful to use with a little kitchen paper to clean little spots and paw prints etc. In other words it’s a good quick fix. Thanks for reading.

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                    06.10.2003 08:23
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                    Washing my kitchen floor isn't that much of a chore and I rarely use specialist cleaners although I do like to try out those newly advertised. Some household soda in a bucket of warm water and a splash of bleach does the job nicely. That is with the proviso that it only needs cleaning once a day, which isn't often. Since the kitchen is the workplace of the home and generally leads on to the garden if you have one, it is the utilitarian room most likely to be walked on with grass mowings on the soles of the feet or muddy dogs' paws. Then there are all the spills which can go with cooking and food preparation. I was attracted, therefore, by the advertisement for a cleaner which could be splashed neat with no need for a bucket and would dry within five minutes having not needed to be rinsed. Dettol has been a trusted name for as long as I can remember and their Direct Floor Cleaner (DFC) seemed the answer to those quick clean up jobs. Dettol DFC being anti-bacterial promises that 99% of those nasty little unseen germs will be eliminated and that it is suitable for vinyl, laminated and varnished wood floors as well as tiles, as long as all of these are sealed. I liked the idea that a damp sponge or mop is all that is needed and especially that this liquid is quick drying. This is because I seldom wear shoes in the house and a wet floor beneath socks or bare feet has me sliding towards the work surfaces at a rate of knots. Skating would not be one of my talents. The soft plastic metallic green bottle is topped by a white cap which is lifted to allow the contents to be sprayed over the floor. This is less of a spray and more a release of four lines of liquid from the holes in the top. Quickly unpacking my shopping from Sainsbury's I could not wait to start with my new toy. Yes it was convenient, but hardly enough of a test for a review. That is until this evening when a day in the life of a kitchen was nicely evi
                    dent and just right for really trying out the DFC. Having swept the floor I looked with satisfaction at some unidentified brown splashes (now dry) which were probably tea. I had dropped an egg which the dog obligingly licked up for me but left a stain anyway and I had walked straight into the kitchen to wash my hands after cleaning out the pond filter. All in all very satisfactory for my purpose. Oh, I forgot the coffee grounds and we all know how they stick as little dark spots which won't be mopped up without a good rub, even when newly fallen. Damping my vileda mop I started in front of the sink unit and backed towards the hall door, spraying fairly close to the floor on the way. I had already learnt not to do the whole floor as then I would have to walk over the liquid to start mopping. Obvious to you sensible people, but I forgot the first time I tried. On trying a little of the contents of the bottle on my finger it appeared to be a little soapy and smelt bleachy. I have yet to find a pine scent that actually smells of the tree. The damp mop took all marks off the surface with little trouble and left a wet shine which needed no rinsing and which was to more or less disappear as it dried. Within 5 minutes I walked across the kitchen in bare feet and didn't feel any actual stickiness but can't help feeling there would a build up over time. That is just my personal feeling. Although no residue is promised, I did think that the washed area lacked the crisp freshness that is seen and smelt after a good old going over with cleaning aids which need a bucket and water. There is no doubt though that the floor was left non-slip in a very short time. Any attempt to slide across it (for review purposes only) was thwarted. I have used the DFC 4 or 5 times now and about two thirds of the contents are left in the litre bottle which cost me £1.89 at Sainsbury's. I think this is a product which is worth keeping
                    for a quick wash and brush up between real cleaning.and certainly means that I shall no longer have to carry a bucket upstairs to the bathroom, but I wouldn't feel deprived if I found the bottle empty. Also if the floors in the rest of my house were uncarpeted I would find this an expensive addition to my kitchen cupboard as would be anything used neat on a large underfoot surface. Would I recommend the Direct Floor Cleaner? It does as the bottle says, has novelty value for those of us who like to try out new cleaners and I would rate it as handy to have around ...... but I wouldn't consider it a miracle worker although giving it 4 stars. Note: Care should be taken not to mix the Dettol with bleach or any other household cleaner.

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                      21.03.2003 18:32
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                      I just started my second bottle of Dettol Direct Floor Cleaner yesterday, the fact that I've purchased another bottle means that I'm overall quite impressed with it, however, I'm not too sure on the mopping without a bucket motif. Once you've put the cleaner onto the floor, you need to wipe it over with a damp mop. Apart from running the mop under the kitchen sink, the only way in which I could think of getting my mop wet was to dunk it in a bucket - there goes the mopping without a bucket!! I'm not into danger sport of any kind but whilst waiting for the Direct Floor Cleaner to dry, I think I've come across the new sport of laminate floor in your living room skiing. On numerous occasions I've skidded up and down the living room with my arms flying in the air trying to hold on to the nearest object that I could find - the first time I used it that object ended up being my daughter's high chair whilst she was eating her dinner, she didn't look too impressed at mummy hurtling towards her at full speed - so just watch out for that!! On the whole though, I think this product is very good, it drys very quickly (so the living room skiing is kept to a minimum!) and it leaves my floor looking nice, clean and shiny.

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                      Liquid floor cleaner that you apply straight from the bottle to the floor without the need for a bucket / No mixing, no rinsing.