Product Type: Flash Household Cleaning
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I See Smears Of Green
Flash With Febreze New Zealand Spray
Member Name: cyberem78
Flash With Febreze New Zealand Spray
Advantages: Cleans well, smells lovely.
Disadvantages: Leaves smears.
I had been using Flash with Bleach to clean my kitchen but I ran out. I then went to the shop to buy a replacement product but they didn't have any of the same variety so I thought I'd buy this Flash with Febreeze Freshness New Zealand Springs instead. I already had some experience of using Flash with Febreeze as I'd been using the Cotton Fresh variety in my bathroom and toilet. I'd been pleased with the results there and thought that this product would be just as good.
I bought this in a 750ml 'mega' size bottle which is a really great big bottle. I actually love that it's so big as it means I don't have to shop so often. The bottle is transparent which means it's fully recyclable once you remove the top. The bottle is shaped like a trigger to make it easier to hold which is perfect. There are labels on the front and back which provide product information.
This is called the 'New Zealand' Springs variety as the Febreeze fragrance included in the formula is supposed to summon up dreams of sparkling fresh waterfalls and epic grassy knolls the type of which you would see when watching 'Lord of the Rings'! The product is described as an 'all purpose cleaner' and is supposed to be suitable for most surfaces in kitchens, bathrooms and utility rooms.
There are instructions for use on the back which include helpful if rather unnecessary pictures of how to use the product. The instructions are fairly basic. Spray onto surface and wipe with a damp cloth. It says if you want a 'brilliant shine' you should then wipe dry with a dry cloth. Tougher stains are advised to be treated for three minutes prior to wiping.
As with any product of this nature there are safety precautions involved. This is not suitable for non washable surfaces like wood or metal surfaces like copper, brass and aluminium. It should be kept away from children, eyes and sensitive skin. The spray must not be inhaled so you should allow for ventilation when using.
The bottle and spray dispenser are easy to use. There is a large trigger on the bottle which is indented to fit the natural grip of your fingers. A nozzle allows you to close or open the top. When you depress the trigger the green liquid comes out in a fine mist. You need to hold the bottle about 7 inches away from the surface you are treating.
Having used Flash with Febreeze Cotton Fresh prior to this I really like the combination of the two products. Febreeze has the kind of scent that feels clean and refreshing. The fragrance of this New Zealand Springs variety is not disappointing. It has a light, rainy day in summer kind of scent. It is not at all overpowering like some all purpose cleaners are. It smells more like a fabric spray or an air freshener than a cleaning product.
I thought this was working quite well at first. I used it all over my kitchen and it removed all manner of stains and dirt with ease. It worked well on all kinds of surfaces like glass, plastic, kitchen cupboards and my sink. As far as being capable of cleaning all sorts of dirt it is totally effective. After using I left the areas to dry and when I returned I was very displeased to see that everywhere I had used this there were long, misty smears. I thought perhaps I hadn't wiped it up well enough so re-did all of the areas. On my second inspection they were still smeared and cloudy. I then read the bottle again and saw that it said in smaller writing that for a brilliant shine you should wipe the area dry. It doesn't say this is a must though, it just advises. However, after continuing to use this there is no occasion that it doesn't leave a unpleasant smear pattern wherever it's used. Often this makes the area look less clean then when you started! To leave it completely clean you have to dry it whilst it's damp. Even then it doesn't leave a shiny appearance afterwards. It makes double the work, double the effort and sometimes it is not even worth it!
Whilst I really like the idea of the Flash plus Febreeze combo this particular spray is no good for using in my kitchen. Having used the Cotton Fresh variety in my bathroom I have to say I haven't noticed the same bad result with that one. Perhaps it's just this variety that has the problem. In any case I won't be buying this again. I look for a kitchen cleaner that will leave my surfaces looking bright and clean, not murky and smeared.
Summary: Leaves unsightly smears on all surfaces.
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