LG pioneers vacuum with a mopping feature

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LG pioneers vacuum with a mopping feature


Models pose with LG’s new CordZero A9 with a mopping feature. [LG ELECTRONICS]

LG Electronics is offering a handheld vacuum cleaner with an added mopping feature, a derivative model based on its CordZero A9.

The hybrid premium vacuum cleaner, the first of its kind, makes it possible to vacuum and mop at the same time. Those who already own an A9 may buy an accessory that adds the mopping feature.

For Koreans who take off their shoes upon entering their homes, mopping is a crucial part of the household cleaning routine. As the traditional way of mopping involves painful kneeling and moving on the floor, mopping sticks and robot mops have been gaining traction recently. Sales of mopping gadgets, including robot mops, nearly doubled over the past year in Korea, according to LG.

LG has found a new revenue source in niche home appliances - the Styler steam closet, for instance. It is extending further into the market with the latest advance.

“We are poised to lead the premium cord-free vacuum market with functionality, convenience and features that customers truly want,” said Ryu Jae-cheol, vice president of home appliance business at LG.

The mopping function is added by attaching a module to the cleaner head. A pair of wet mopping cloths made of microfiber fabric are attached to the module, which spins to clean the floor.

The module is equipped with a detachable container that supplies water to the mop cloths so that they won’t dry out with use. The mechanism is similar to that found on steam irons. The container can hold up to 200 cubic centimeters (12 cubic inches) of water, and the water can flow at two speeds. Maximum mopping time is 30 minutes.

LG warns that the vacuum is not supposed to be used on a floor where liquid has been spilled. Liquid sucked into the device will destroy the machine. Users should also keep in mind that they should clean and dry the mop cloths after use.

Sales of the new vacuum and the attachment accessory will begin in early November. The former will cost 1.35 million won ($1,186) and the latter 199,000 won.

BY SEO JI-EUN [seo.jieun@joongang.co.kr]
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