When we hear the word “cleaning”, we think of sponges, mops, brushes and dreadfully scented chemical sprays which promise to obliterate dirt – along with plenty of “elbow grease” and a lingering toxic odour. Fortunately, there’s a better way to clean, using nothing more than hot water. The Karcher SC 1.020 Multipurpose Steam Cleaner uses the power of steam to literally break the bonds of tenacious grease, stubborn dirt, difficult stains and crusty limescale, cleaning flooring, ovens, kitchen fans, shower stalls, tubs, taps, carpeting and upholstery.
This steam cleaner is powerful yet lightweight, easy to use and versatile, allowing it to adapt to a variety of cleaning situations with ease, ready to tackle all kinds of stains, dirt, grease and grime. It comes with a very high quality build and exceptional performance you’d expect from a German engineered appliance.
But before we get into the review of this best selling steam cleaner, let’s look at the most important features.
Kärcher SC1 020 Key Features
Heats up quickly – get to cleaning sooner
Steam flow can be adjusted to the surface being cleaned
Lightweight and small in size – easy to move and store
A safety lock makes it safe to operate around children
Doesn’t just remove dirt – hot vapour steam kills bacteria and viruses
Because of the Kärcher SC1.020’s small size and light weight, it’s easy to operate – the flexible hose allows you to reach difficult areas without straining to lift the entire unit, and the integrated wheels let you pull it across the floor to treat larger areas or multiple stains. Because it takes up relatively little space, the Karcher SC1.020 is easily stored in most closets, or the corner of a room. The clever design even allows the included accessories to be stored directly the on the cleaner, further reducing clutter – and ensuring you’ll always know where all the parts are.
Variable Output for Versatility
Not all cleaning tasks require the same amount of steam – for example, there’s a difference between removing 5 years of accumulated (and unidentifiable) gunk from the corner of a shower stall, and cleaning a slightly dirty floor. That’s why the steam flow can be adjusted. Increase it for stubborn stains; decrease it for lighter stains, or areas which you might prefer to not get too damp, such as hardwood flooring.
Designed with Safety in Mind
Children are curious, and an interesting-looking steam cleaner may well capture the attention of a young one. Fortunately, the Kärcher SC1.020 Multi-Purpose Steam Cleaner features a spinning safety valve which activates when the water pressure is full, preventing accidental burns. Once the water pressure drops, the valve releases, and the remaining water can be emptied.
Accessories Expand Cleaning Capacity
A basic steam cleaner may include nothing more than a single nozzle, suitable for only certain tasks. But the Kärcher SC1.020 comes with four main attachments, allowing it to tackle a much wider range of cleaning tasks:
The Detailed Nozzle with Round Brush takes the strain out of cleaning corners, crevices, moulding and other hard-to-reach spaces – especially in kitchens and bathrooms. For bathrooms, this attachment is ideal for cleaning around bathtubs, sinks, showers and tile grout. For the kitchen, it makes quick work of grease, ground in grime and stains around cookers, ovens, surfaces and sinks. If the brush ever wears out or is lost, replacements are available.
The Lamellae Floor Tool is optimized for floor cleaning, exerting a stronger hold on the cleaning cloth. This allows larger areas to be easily and thoroughly cleaned.
The Hand Tool lets you get close to oily, greasy dirt and remove it more effectively than you could if you had to tackle it from a distance. Great for mirror, windows and other large flat surface areas.
The Large and Small Cloth allow you to choose the right cloth for the job. Use the large size when using the floor tool, and the small size when using the hand tool. Both cloths are made of durable, high quality cotton.
The Bottom Line
Sometimes, “simple is best” – and steam cleaning clearly illustrates this axiom. It’s effective, hygienic and non-toxic, using nothing more than water and heat to achieve great results. The Kärcher SC1.020 has delighted many purchasers – evident from hundreds of positive reviews – with its ease of use and versatility. I too think it’s an excellent steam cleaner – I couldn’t be happier to do away with some of the conventional cleaning products I used to keep around!