Having previously reviewed a Window Vac and lots of Vacuum cleaners, this was left to last of the three products I requested to review at the recent Karcher open day. The reason is it’s a new tool to me and is definitely not for a child to use.
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Having suffered some burns in my past life as a chef I can definitely say those caused by steam were some of the most painful so a steam cleaner is a tool to be used with care by an adult once they have very thoroughly RTFM (read the £$%^&*# manual).
What I was sent was the smallest size of their deluxe unit that not only cleans bathrooms and floors but any soiled or stained surface so that old discoloured tile grouting has met its match.
My first test was a wash hand basin that is not regularly used and once the dust was cleared away the stained surface was revealed and as for the taps….
Less than a minute later I had only to wipe away the residue and a gleaming basin and taps, both looked better than they had for years.
Before I describe the size of the parts let me mention one thing the main container takes around 250ml of water it is the boiler and to make steam you have to boil water.
It comes with a couple of extension tubes which when joined can extend the length by as much as a metre. There are also two shoes the larger is 30cm and the smaller half that, both have brush groups to help move engrained dirt, or you can use it with just a flexible hose which can give you a metre of stretch from the boiler.
The boiler itself is 17cm tall, 22cm from front to back which includes a handle and a maximum of 9cm from side to side. The boiler is of course in Karcher yellow.
So I have mentioned the brush shoe units and the hose there are also two small fitments to give a concentrated blast of steam for areas around taps etc. that would otherwise only be accessible with something like a small tooth brush head. Also supplied are towelling attachments to go over the shoes to help shift bad engrainment.
Put all these bits together in one form or another and if they cannot shift the grime then perhaps it is past refurbishment, but steam – especially pressurised steam - is a very powerful tool, use carefully.
The A5 User Guide is in 29 languages four of these pages are in English and together with three sides of diagrams inside the front cover these should allow you to assemble and use the unit.
But at the risk of being extra boring this is a tool for use once you have thoroughly digested the manual and any children or pets are well out of the way.
The Karcher SC1 Premium + Floor Kit is available from Amazon for £66.99 with free delivery.
Details are available on the Karcher web site.