It is not very often when a new gadget or appliance makes a real difference in the house, but I can honestly say that the Kärcher FC5 Hard Floor Cleaner has done exactly that.
My kitchen floor often looks very sorry for itself. We have a reasonable sized kitchen with a dining table as well as the usual kitchen suspects. As a result, we spend a lot of time in there. It is usually the first room anyone enters when they come into the house, we eat there, the children tend to do their homework there. The door into the garden is also in the kitchen, so the floor takes a lot of footfall and it is certainly starting to look rather tired.
We have a wood-effect lino on the floor and it has been great but as it has a slight texture to it, it does seem to attract dirt and then equally likes to cling on to it.
My old floor cleaner was okay, it did the job but it was quite an effort sweeping and then steaming the floor. Then, of course, you had the usual wait time, while the floor dried. If I am honest, I never really looked at the floor afterwards and thought that it was worth all of the effort.
The Kärcher FC5 Hard Floor Cleaner has certainly changed that. First of all, the FC5 has been designed to do two jobs in one, as you clean the floor, it also hoovers up light debris as it washes the floor. This saves so much time, it means you can get on with the job in hand straight away. This function is also ideal if you have pets as it can easily handle pet hair.
Kärcher’s has used it’s new SmartRoller Technology with the FC5. It uses a self-propelling system and microfibre rollers to vacuum and wash the floor at the same time. It has a clever two-tank system (one for fresh water and one for dirty water). You fill the fresh water tank and add a small amount of Kärcher cleaning fluid and once finished, you empty the dirty water out of the other tank and rinse it out. This is a great system as it makes the FC5 very hygienic and economic on water but also the floors dry really quickly. The rollers can also be removed from the FC5 and washed in the washing machine in between uses.
I found the FC5 really easy to set up and use. You simply clip in the handle and you are ready to top up the tank, plug in and go. You can use tap water to top up the tank and you can choose cold or warm water. When you switch on, it is quite a powerful machine and the FC5 will automatically pull away as the rollers are spinning, so you do need to keep a firm hold on it. Once you get used to it, it is so quick and easy to get cleaning.
The FC5 also comes with a parking and cleaning station which you can add 50 ml of water to before you start cleaning just to moisten the rollers before you start. Once finished, the FC5 stands safely and securely in the station, making it easy to store and the cable can also be securely clipped away.
The FC 5 Hard Floor Cleaner is perfect for a variety of common floors including laminate, stone, vinyl, waxed and sealed wood, reducing the need for extra tools.
I honestly love the Kärcher FC5. It has made my rather tired looking kitchen floor look so much cleaner and with less time and effort involved. If you have a stubborn stain, just go over it slowly a few times with the rollers and they will be gone. And when you go to empty the dirty water tank, it is shocking how black and filthy the water is, it certainly shows that the cleaner is doing a good job.
For me, this is an appliance that makes life better and easier. Having a floor cleaner that hoovers and washes at the same time is great and saves a lot of time. I love the fact that the floor dries so quickly and I really love the end result each time I use it.
There are a couple of small negatives. It is quite big, so you will need to think about where you would store it although the parking station is a great help as you can stand it in a corner out of the way. You do also have to use a Kärcher detergent in the FC5. It works well and has a pleasant smell but I couldn’t find anywhere locally that sells it, but you can buy it easily online. It is more expensive than the usual floor cleaner that I buy but you don’t need to use too much, so it is economical. You can also buy replacement rollers online too.
The RRP of the Kärcher FC5 is £249.99 (if you shop around you can find it on offer for around £230) which is quite an investment but it is worth it for the time and effort it saves and for the end result. I have always found that Kärcher products are built to last and we have always been impressed with their quality and durability.
We were sent the Kärcher FC5 in return for an honest review. All opinions are my own.