New cleaning tech which eliminates need to vacuum launches in NZ


New technology which eliminates the need for vacuuming is set to reduce the time Kiwis spend cleaning hard floors by up to 50 per cent – according to its inventors.

Kärcher, a multi-billion German cleaning equipment manufacturer recently ranked in the top ten most innovative companies in the world, will release the FC 7 Cordless Floor Cleaner to the New Zealand market this week.

The innovative floor cleaner uses four contra-rotating cleaning rollers to pick up both wet and dry dirt on hard surfaces, making vacuuming or sweeping unnecessary and achieving up to 20 per cent better cleaning performance than a traditional mop with floor cloth cover.

The new device has also won the International Forum Design (IF) award over 10,000 rival entries from 52 countries.

The IF Design Award which was established in 1954 in Hanover, is a globally recognised trademark and recognises outstanding design performance. 

The device’s rollers are kept wet with a cleaning agent and freshwater. The unique mechanism picks up all types of household dirt and cleans the floor in both forward and reverse movements.


A two-tank system allows dirty water to be held in a separate container and not spread on the floor and the mop simply switches off automatically when the used water tank is full. 

Kere McBratney, Kärcher NZ managing director, says the product was created to meet the needs of modern consumers, wanting security with their cleaning processes in a COVID-19 environment, but who also remained time-poor.

“The standard of cleaning in our homes has never been more important, not just because we are navigating our way through a pandemic, but because of the significant amount of time we are all spending in our homes as we work, home school and relax under one roof.

“Kiwis are stretched as we find ourselves in makeshift offices on the kitchen table or making conference calls from anywhere we can find a quiet space. There is more wear and tear on our homes and keeping them clean with more family members home has become a greater challenge.

“It is not simply about keeping our homes sanitary, but also having them clean so we feel some sense of order and control in a world that keeps rapidly changing. We hope having a cleaning product that can do two jobs at once will go some way to leaving consumers less stressed,” he says. 

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