With two messy Pre-Schooler's, one of which is still getting the hang of toilet-training, I seem to spend a lot of time cleaning the floors lately. Our home is mainly laminate and ceramic tiles (except for the stairs and hallways) and while that makes cleaning up spills and mess so much easier it can take what feels like forever to wash them all down.
Needless to say, when Mumsnet got in touch and asked if I would like to review the new Cif Express Direct to Floor cleaner I jumped at the chance! Suitable for tiled, laminate and washable/varnished wood floors, Cif Express is applied straight to the floor without having to work out measurements and dilute the product in warm water. You won't need a bucket either, just a damp mop or cloth and there's no need to rinse afterwards making cleaning floors much quicker and easier.
Cif Express Direct to Floor is available in Antibacterial, Lemon & Apple Flowers and Wild Orchid & Velvet flowers and retails at £2.00 for a 750ml bottle. I was sent a bottle of the Lemon & Apple Flowers Cif Express cleaner to review.
I first used Cif Express Direct to Floor in our Kitchen-Diner where we have a large amount of ceramic floor tiles. As the product doesn't dilute my first impressions were that I would need to use a lot to cover the large area and that I wouldn't be left with very much after a couple of uses. That was been proven wrong as I used the product and there is still a lot left in the bottle after cleaning the kitchen-diner and the laminate flooring in the living room.
The cleaner came out of the bottle a little too easily and it seemed to drip out everywhere. I would have preferred a squeezable spray nozzle as I think it would've been easier to apply. I did like how easy it was to use though; it is applied straight to the floor (after a good sweep) with no need to dilute and then washed off with a damp mop or cloth. There's no need to rinse after use either and it dries very quickly. I was impressed that the majority of the floor had dried just 10 minutes after being applied and by 15 minutes the entire floor was dry which is much quicker than my usual product. It also makes it easier with the children! Hae you ever tried keeping a Pre-Schooler or two out of a room for anything more than a few minutes?!
The product had a pleasant smell and although I couldn't pick up the lemon and apple scent very well it did smell clean, fresh and hygeinic. My floors looked much cleaner after use and my ceramic tiles were shiny. It didn't have quite the same effect on the laminate but it did leave the floor looking clean and smelling fresh.
Overall, I liked Cif Express Direct to Floor. It made cleaning my floors a much quicker and easier task, especially with the little terrors around, and I'd say it saved me around 20 minutes of cleaning across the two rooms and lots of drying time. I appreciated not having to rinse the floors after they'd been cleaned and although I wasn't overly keen on the nozzle of the bottle I found a small amount of the product covered a large area well.
Disclaimer : I recieved a 750ml bottle of Cif Express Direct to Floor cleaner to review via Mumsnet. All thoughts and opinions expressed in this post are my own. If you would like to see what others thought of Cif Express click here.