Thursday, 20 June 2013

Review: Kärcher Steam Cleaner

I am the first to admit that I don't like cleaning.  I like my house to look presentable, but tend to ignore things like the skirting boards (no-one ever looks down right?) and my oven only gets cleaned when I remember (which isn't often).  I always have a massive range of cleaning products in my cupboard, most of which I hate using because they make me cough, or smell horrible.

I was recently contacted by Kärcher asking me if I would like to review one of their products, and I jumped at the chance as 1) I had always fancied trying a steam cleaner and 2) it was time for some Spring cleaning and I was hoping to make the job as painless as possible.

When the steam cleaner arrived I was ridiculously excited.  I didn't really know what to expect as I'd never used one before.  It was extremely easy to put together as only the wheels had to be attached, and after quick read of the manual I figured out all the attachments and where they went.  I received the SC 2500C and it came with:

  • a steam gun
  • detail nozzle
  • round brush
  • hand nozzle
  • hand nozzle terry cloth cover
  • 2 extension tubes
  • floor nozzle
  • terry floor cloth

When it's all put together it's very small and neat as all the attachments have a holder, making it very easy to store

 The manual contains the instructions in lots of different languages, so even though it looks a bit intimidating, only eight of the pages are in English.  I like to know what I'm doing so read all of the instructions (much to my husband's amusement) before I got started.

At first, I was really worried about the children being around when I was cleaning, but I soon realised that as long as the spray wasn't directed towards them it was harmless.  In fact, my youngest son was suffering from croup at the time, and the steam seemed to really help him. Bonus!

The first job to be done was my oven.  I have been really worried about posting these photos as I was embarrassed by my obvious domestic sluttery, but  I am putting my embarrassment to one side to show you just how good this steam cleaner is.


The photo at the top left shows my oven door before it was cleaned (I know, it's horrible. Can I just say that I do cook a lot!), and then the photo next to it show it after being cleaned with the Kärcher steam cleaner.  I never knew it could be so clean!  Look at the reflection of the cupboards above it.  I was completely amazed.  Now, we did need to put a bit of elbow grease (as if it needed any more grease!) into it.  I'd let it build up into this state so it took a bit of work to clean it off.  Of course, if you use another person to clean it (as shown in the bottom picture) then less elbow grease will be needed from you).

We have decided to steam clean the oven once a month so this doesn't happen again.  Hopefully, next time it will be a bit easier to clean.

My next task was the tiles in the bathroom.  We dump all the children's bath toys on a tiled area next to the bath, and as a result all the grouting has turned brown.  I've tried everything to get it off but nothing works, so I thought I'd give the steam cleaner a go.  You can see the result for yourself.


I used the detail nozzle and brush and it worked a dream.  Most of the stains came off and I think a few more uses will remove even more.  I've showed this photo to all my friends and family and now they all want a steam cleaner too.

These were our two main areas to clean with the steam cleaner and I am so impressed with the results.  It made light work of some of my cleaning, though  I did have to put a bit of effort in in some areas, and it removed the need for nasty chemicals and lots of scrubbing.

We did, of course, try it out on just about anything that crossed our path (hubby even managed to take some paint off our kitchen wall - the manual does warn against that!)  It cleaned up our patio doors brilliantly, made my kitchen tiles sparkle, and it was great on my leather furniture.  I used the hand nozzle with cloth cover to clean all of my furniture and it was so easy and looked great afterwards.  That's a job that normally takes me an hour so it was great to be able to get it done in ten minutes.  My faux suede dining chairs also got a bit of a freshen up.

So is there anything I would change?  Well, I think that for the price there should be more Terry cloths included as it would have been nice to have had a spare available when one was in the wash.  Also, something to wrap the power cord around would be good (the is a small compartment to put it in but I struggled to get in in there properly.

But the positives far outweigh any negatives.  It's small and lightweight making it easy to both store and carry around the house (it's also got wheels so easy to pull around after you), it's brilliant at cleaning lots of different surfaces without the need to use any chemicals, and it also helps reduce allergens around the house.

It has been independently tested by Allergy UK, who concluded that the steam cleaner removes the following:

- 99.99% of House dust mites ¹
- 99.83% of Cat allergens ¹
- 99.01% of Dog allergens ¹
- 99.37% of Pollen allergens ¹
- 100% of Fungal spores ¹


¹ Kärcher Steam Cleaner was tested according to Allergy UK protocol AUK-008SF 2011.

I would recommend this steam cleaner to anyone, but especially if you've got children and/or pets.  Now I've got one I wonder how I've managed for so long without one.




Disclaimer: I received the steam cleaner to review but all views contained in this post are my own.  I have included the press release from Kärcher below:


Join the Kärcher steam revolution!
Clean deeper without chemicals with the new steam cleaning range

For environmentally-friendly, quick and convenient cleaning, look no further than Kärcher’s new range of steam cleaners, the ideal solution to all your home cleaning needs.

Kärcher, the world’s leading cleaning specialists have expertly designed their range of steam cleaners to revolutionise home cleaning, tackling even the most stubborn of stains with professional results and abolishing the need for hours of endless scrubbing!

Kärcher’s steam cleaners can be used throughout the house and are engineered to clean deeper without chemicals, making them a natural and environmentally-friendly solution that provides a family-friendly alternative from chemical cleaners that aggravate allergies and are harmful to children.

The range of steamers are proven to cut through everyday dirt and stains to leave your surfaces sparkling in seconds, making light work of tough, baked-on oven grease, stubborn carpet stains, limescale and mould on bathroom tiles as well everyday dirt on laminate floorings.

Kärcher has a steam cleaner to suit all cleaning needs, including;


The SC 1.020 is ideal for floors, tiles, grouting, work surfaces, taps, mirrors, shower screens and much more. With an innovative new ‘lamellae’ floor tool, it cleans up to 35% more effectively than traditional bristled floor tool. RRP £129.99





Designed with two tanks, the SC 2.500C not only tackles the jobs that the SC 1.020 does but it also includes a removable and refillable tank for non-stop steam, so you can finish those hated cleaning tasks even faster. RRP £229.99.





 
The SC 5.800C is an evolution of the two tank design in the SC2.500, with the addition of a continuous steam flow control and  a Vapo-Hydro water function (for instant hot water), as well as a detachable steam hose allowing use of the steamer with a Kärcher steam iron. It also comes complete with a floor cleaning kit, hand tool, detail nozzle, round brush, and power nozzle. RRP £349.99.



Whatever your cleaning needs, join the steam revolution and see how Kärcher can transform the way you clean your home forever. For more information on how Kärcher’s new products can take the bore out of chores visit www.karcher.co.uk.