Product Type: Flash Household Cleaning
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Flash One for All Crisp Lemons Multi Purpose Cleaner
Member Name: rosebud2001
Flash One for All Crisp Lemons Multi Purpose Cleaner
Advantages: Effective, doesn't need rinsing, leaves a lovely aroma
Disadvantages: Expensive at full price - shop around!
When it comes to cleaning floors for years I only used Stardrops. I liked the fact a little went a long way and with hindsight I think I got stuck in a rut with it.
A year or so ago I picked up Flash Clean & Shine Crisp Lemons on offer and decided to give it a go instead. Designed as an all purpose cleaner, I bought it specifically for my floors as I am one of those people who like to have products which excel at a certain job. This flies in the fact of the advice on the label which says Flash Clean & Shine is a "universal solution for your entire home - so you don't need hundreds of cleaners under the sink". Oh well - the people at Flash haven't met me then.
Please note this is the same product as Flash One for All - Flash in their wisdom changed the name to "Clean and Shine".
I usually buy Flash Clean & Shine in one litre bottles but it's also available in 500 ml bottles and I have seen larger bottles which I think are 2 litres. I try to buy this on offer as much as possible and I find that just a little shopping around will invariably turn this up at just a pound a bottle.
I always buy the Crisp Lemons version of Flash but it is available in other varieties including some which contain Febreze. Having tried an Aerial detergent with Febreze and being heartily unimpressed I haven't ever tried them however. I love the smell of lemons anyway so Crisp Lemons is perfect for me.
The cleaning fluid is an almost fluorescent yellow in colour - and I have noticed that it leaves bright yellow residue on the bottle and the cap if you don't wipe spillages after use. It smells quite obviously of lemons too but there is a chemical tinge to the fragrance. I don't mind this in a cleaning product however.
~~Using the Product~~
I only use Flash Clean & Shine Crisp Lemons to clean my floor but it's worth noting you can use it neat on stubborn stains or dilute some yourself to use a general cleaning spray.
I always use two capfuls of the product in my bucket and Flash recommend you add 5 litres of water. I always add hot water and find this produces a huge amount of froth in the bucket. When I first used Clean & Shine I was a bit worried. One of the reasons I had tired of using Stardrops was the fact I frequently had to rinse the floor after mopping and the claims on the Flash bottle that the floor wouldn't need rinsing didn't seem to tally with the froth in the bucket.
This is deceiving however as the froth quickly dies down and it definitely doesn't stick about on the surfaces you are cleaning. I use this on tile, laminate and vinyl flooring, as well as cleaning my doorsteps and it leaves no residue behind.
When cleaning my hard floors I always vacuum them first and then I use a Vileda Supermocio system which works a treat with the Flash Clean & Shine, making very light work of mopping. My hallway has light coloured laminate flooring and the Flash cuts through muddy footprints and other dirt brought into the house. In winter when the weather was particularly bad I found myself mopping the hallway at least once a day but if I am targeting just footprints near the front door I half the dose to 1 cap in 2.5 litres of water to help make the Flash last a little longer.
My washing machine has a bad habit of leaking fabric softener on to the kitchen floor just underneath the machine and this leaves unsightly marks on the floor. This is another job the Flash can tackle with no problems whatsoever.
One bucketful of Flash cleans my hallway and my (admittedly small) kitchen floor easily. I again tend to only use half the dose to do my bathroom floor because again, it's very small.
I also use Flash Clean & Shine Crisp Lemons to clean my white UPVC door frames which can catch rather a lot of dirt - especially when it rains. It's very effective for this job too.
When it's time to empty the bucket the one thing that always strikes me is the yellow tone the water takes on. I never noticed this when I first used the Flash because my bucket is red but you definitely see yellow water coming out of your bucket no matter what colour it is - tinged with the dirt that's been mopped from your floor of course!
Because I use the Vileda Supermocio system I find that my floors dry off relatively quickly but even once they are dry the aroma of lemon lingers for quite some time afterwards, which I must admit I love. It really does add to the freshness of my hallway and kitchen once I have cleaned them.
There are some safety instructions to follow when using Flash Clean & Shine and I think they are worth mentioning here. The cleaning fluid can only be used on painted and varnished surfaces and cannot be used on non-washable surfaces - for example waxed or untreated wood.
The fluid should be kept away from children and also kept away from eyes, with the label advising if the product gets into your eyes to rinse thoroughly with water. Flash also warn that people with sensitive or dmaged skin should avoid prolonged contact with the product.
<5% Non-Ionic Surfactants, Soap , Benzisothiazolinone , Glutaral , Perfumes , Citral , Hexyl Cinnamal , Limonene , Linalool , Citronellol.
The bottle is made from plastic and can be recycled.
I have to say I have been so impressed with Flash Clean & Shine Crisp Lemons that I wouldn't actually want to use another floor cleaner now.
I like the ease of use, the fact it cuts through dirt and grease without having to be rinsed and on top of all that it leaves behind a lovely lemon fragrance.
You do need to use quite a lot of product when cleaning your floors which is perhaps a bit of a disadvantage and if you pay full price for it, it can seem quite expensive - certainly the RRP of £2 for 1 litre seems steep when it's available in so many places for half that so I do advise shopping around.
Overall I love this for cleaning floors and highly recommend it.
Summary: The only product I will use for cleaning my floors!
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