Product Type: Flash Household Cleaning
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The dirt is gone with a flash
Flash One for All Crisp Lemons Multi Purpose Cleaner
Member Name: hayley_dl
Flash One for All Crisp Lemons Multi Purpose Cleaner
Advantages: cleans well, smells great, can be used in cold water
Disadvantages: doesn't get stubborn stains out when used with cold water
We have linoleum floors across our kitchen and hallway and for some rather stupid reason we chose the lightest possible colour so, despite our best efforts and despite doormats it always attracts mud and other general stains. So, to try and combat this rather annoying ongoing problem we bought Flash. I chose this brand because they seem to have been around forever and the longer a brand have been around the more I seem to trust them - after all they've stood the test of time.
I chose the Flash One For All with lemon because there is something about the smell of lemon that says "clean".
The bottle it comes in is clear plastic with a handle built into the right hand side of the bottle, there is also a lime green lid - a yellow lid would have made more sense to me but there you go! Through the bottle you can see the product inside which is a transparent fluorescent yellow.
The label on the front has a picture of lemons and leaves. It tells me that this is Flash One For All and that it uses less energy when used with cold water and produces more shine then "imitation brands".
The label on the back tells me that the bottle contains 200litres and can be used either diluted (2 capfuls to 5litres) or neat. It also claims to work when used with cold water.
There are also contact details and warnings. The warnings are pretty standard but include: do not use on non-washable surface, only use it diluted on painted and varnished surfaces and those with sensitive or damaged skin should avoid prolonged contact. It also tells me that the bottle is recyclable.
Use and Results in Hot Water
Since I use this product on the floor I don't use it neat very often but when I did for this review it did clean well and the scent, although the underlying scent of lemons was there the scent was more chemically then anything else I would say and so this was disappointing. It also didn't linger on the surface since the directions say to rinse off when used neat and this seemed to remove any scent that would have lingered.
It did however leave a very nice shine and removed every trace of dirt including some very stubborn stains that other cleaning products had failed to remove.
I usually use this product diluted and pour just a small blob into my bucket. I know it says two capfuls per 5 litres but I don't know how big our bucket is and can't be bothered to measure it each time so a small blob is enough for me.
When poured into the bucket first it produces a fair amount of bubbles and colours the water a fluorescent yellow. This is actually strangely reassuring in regards to it's cleaning ability. The smell is immediately obvious and fills the whole room. You can smell the lemon but again, the scent is mainly that of chemicals.
The mop I use is one that you can squeeze out before spreading on the floor and so I dunk the whole thing into the water, squeeze out as much as possible and then mop the floor. Despite actually having very little water and therefore Flash on the mop it did pick up all dirt and grime, including stubborn stairs and dried on mud with very little effort. One (occasionally two for the most stubborn stains) mops over the floor was enough to remove all the dirt. The chemically smell lasted while I was mopping but once the floor had dried it just smelled fresh and clean and although it did smell of lemons you could tell that the scent was chemically enhanced and not natural. This smell lingered for around two to three hours leaving the room smelling and looking freshly cleaned.
It really did bring up a very nice shine to the floor and this lasted for around two days before fading and looking like it needed cleaning again.
Use and Results in Cold Water
The scent wasn't really obvious at all when used in cold water and although it did remove stains it took quite a bit of scrubbing and elbow grease in order for it to really look clean and so I was quite disappointed with this. Whilst it did do what it said and did clean it took a lot of work from me.
I used this the same as I would have had the water been hot. After all it does say that it works in cold water and it's a bit of a waste in saving energy if you just end up using more cleaning product and so, for the purposes of this review, assume the same quantities of product and same method as with the hot water.
The first difference I noted was that although it did colour the water there was no bubbles at all and no real scent even after I'd finished mopping, I assume the scent had been diluted down to where it just didn't smell.
The shine produced by using this in cold water wasn't anywhere near as good as with hot water. Although it did look clean it didn't have that "just cleaned" look, instead it looked like it had been done one to two days ago. Not really a promising start!
I think for those that mop their floor every day or for those floors that don't really collect dirt or stains this would work well, so long as you don't mind the lack of scent, but our floor is mopped every three days and does seem to collect dried on mud stains and it didn't really get this up very well at all and so for floors that do collect dirt I wouldn't recommend using this in cold water.
Price And Availability
This is widely available in both online and high street supermarkets. I bought mine from ASDA and I think I paid about £2.99 for it although I can't find it online now.
There is a 1 litre bottle priced at £1.88 though and it is currently on offer for 2 for £3.
My Opinion and Recommendation
I have no problem in highly recommending this product so long as you remember that for tough stains it really does work best when used with hot water. The scent left when used diluted in hot water really is very "clean" and I would agree that this product produced more shine then most other cleaning products and despite the fact that the kitchen/hallway are commonly used rooms the shine and clean look does last for at least a couple of days.
Summary: A cleaner that does the job!