FC 5 Cordless

HARD FLOOR CLEANERS – A REVOLUTION IN CLEANING

Regular mops just wipe the surface – our hard floor cleaners really clean. The FC 5 will cut your floor cleaning time in half and deliver a spotless shine. Best of all, your newly cleaned floors will dry in two minutes or less!

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What can I clean with a Kärcher Hard Floor Cleaner?

The new top mop for wood and other hard floors

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Perfect for most hard floors

Whether it's hardwood, stone, tile or vinyl: the FC 5 is up to the task! Clean with only water or use with Kärcher floor cleaning solutions for optimum results.

Karcher FC5 Detergent Flow Illustration

Effortless application

No scrubbing, no wringing, no bucket! Instead you get 500 roller revolutions per minute, with a self-cleaning function and two tanks to keep the fresh and dirty water separate.

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Clean right up to corners and edges

Unlike other floor cleaning machines, the FC 5 has a center drive that allows its rollers to clean right up to the edge. 

The best way to clean hard floors in your home

The FC 5 cleans hard floors throughout the home more quickly and thoroughly than a traditional mop or spray mop. And compared to other floor cleaning machines, it delivers a superior clean by continuously applying fresh washer to its rollers and suctioning away the dirt and dirty water.

Reviews: See what others are saying about the FC 5 Hard Floor Cleaner

Reviewed/USA Today

"The FC5 completely changes the cleaning game."

"In our tests, we loved that it suctions up dirty water and stores it in a tank, has four cleaning detergent options, and within two minutes after cleaning, the floors were dry."

Trusted Reviews

Best Hard Floor Cleaners 2020  "Best overall hard floor cleaner"

"As well as cleaning quickly, and even coping with tough, ground-in dirt, the FC 5 has a vacuum action that sucks up dirty water from the floor and puts it into a tank at the back of the machine. The result is that you don’t just get a visibly clean floor, but that you physically remove dirt and bacteria from the floor."

Good Housekeeping UK

"Kärcher have the perfect solution for a flawless clean without the lengthy time tag."

Real Homes

"Makes short work of dirty floors, giving them a deep clean no mop could achieve on its own."

Forbes

"Best Health Innovations For The Home 2019"

"With [Kärcher's] latest FC 5 ... you can cut the time of your cleaning regime in half."

Karcher FC5 Has Two Water Tanks
Karcher FC5 Cleans Floors Right up to the Edge
Karcher FC 5 Number One Hard Floor Cleaner in Germany
Karcher FC 5 Floors Dry Quickly

Frequently Asked Questions

The most effective way to mop is to keep the dirty water separate from the clean water. With a traditional mop and bucket this can be difficult. Even with a sponge mop you have to constantly wring out the dirty water and reapply fresh water, a very time-consuming process.

Karcher hard floor cleaners solve this issue by always keeping the fresh water and dirty water separate, in two storage tanks. They also automatically apply just the right amount of fresh water (and floor cleaner, if desired) to clean without interruption.

Imagine being able to properly mop (not just wipe) an entire kitchen or living room floor without having to scrub, use a bucket or come into contact with dirt! Additionally, since the microfiber rollers spin 500 times per minute, our hard floor cleaners save time while also delivering a deeper level of clean than you could ever achieve with a regular mop. 

Spray mops mostly clean loose surface dirt and can be expensive in the long run.

Many spray mops are not able to clean beyond surface dirt, whereas our hard floor cleaners have microfiber rollers that spin at 500 RPM to thoroughly and deeply clean hard floors. The motor does all the deep cleaning work for you!

Best of all, Kärcher's microfiber rollers are machine washable. Unlike spray mops, where you have to constantly buy (and later fill up the trash with) expensive replacement pads, our rollers can be used over and over. 

Spray mops can also use a lot of cleaning fluid. In contrast, just one bottle of Kärcher hard floor detergent will last 50 - 100 uses. Or you can clean with just water.

A spray mop may be inexpensive at the beginning, but over time the costs of replacement pads and cleaning fluid can quickly add up. Motorized hard floor cleaners can save money in the long run and clean your hard floors more thoroughly. 

Kärcher hard floor cleaners offer several unique advantages over other popular floor cleaning machines:

  • Direct roller to floor contact for the most complete cleaning
  • Edge-to-edge mopping so that you can clean right up to walls and baseboards 
  • Superior removal of dirty water, allowing your floors to dry more quickly (in two minutes or less)
  • Swivel head for maximum flexibility to clean around furniture and corners
  • 12" wide cleaning path
  • Machine washable rollers
  • QuietMark for low noise operation
  • Three year limited warranty

Kärcher hard floor cleaning machines are designed for use with the following flooring surface types:

  • Sealed/varnished hardwood floors
  • Oiled/waxed hardwood floors
  • Finished cored hardwood floors
  • Finished/sealed reclaimed hardwood floors
  • Urethane treated hardwood floors
  • Sealed/finished engineered wood floors
  • Sealed/finished manufactured wood floors
  • Sealed/finished faux or synthetic wood floors
  • Sealed bamboo floors
  • Linoleum flooring
  • Ceramic tile flooring
  • Waterproof laminate flooring (check to make sure it's waterproof)
  • Stone floors (e.g., marble, travertine, ledger, granite, slate)
  • Vinyl flooring
  • Polished concrete

Kärcher hard floor cleaners should NOT be used to clean the following types of floors:

  • Unsealed/unfinished hardwood floors
  • Unsealed engineered wood floors
  • Unsealed bamboo floors
  • Untreated cork flooring
  • Non-waterproof laminate floors
  • Carpeted floors

You should be able to use Kärcher hard floor cleaning machines on the following brands of flooring:

  • Pergo® (water only, no detergent)
  • Nucore®
  • Bruce® (including Hydropel, Dundee, American Honor, Early Canterbury, Blacksmith's Forge and Next Frontier)
  • Tarkett® 
  • Bellawood® 
  • Congoleum®
  • Lifescape®
  • Porcelanato® 
  • du Chateau® 

However please read the care guide for your flooring thoroughly before cleaning with any wet product! If in doubt, we highly recommend you contact the manufacturer prior to cleaning.

Remember: As with any cleaning project, always test a small inconspicuous area first.  

The above brands are the property of their respective owners and are used for identification purposes only. Use of these names and brands does not imply endorsement.

Most users will get 50-100 uses from each 500ml (16.9 oz) bottle. You only need to add 1/4 to 1/2 capful of cleaning solution to the fresh water tank (after filling to the max line with water). 

So one container (MSRP $12.99) will last a long time! There are four formulas available:

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Kärcher hard floor cleaners were designed to be used with wet microfiber rollers that spin at 500 revolutions per minute. They should not be used without water in the fresh water tank. 

Some users have asked whether it's OK to put oil or cleaner directly on the floor and then run a hard floor cleaner over it, without water in the tank. We advise against this type of use. Water should always be in the fresh water tank when you are using a hard floor cleaner.

The included microfiber rollers are about 6" wide. With the rollers installed, Kärcher hard floor cleaners have a total cleaning width of around 12".

Three types of microfiber roller sets (MSRP $24.99 - $29.99) are available:

Karcher hard floor cleaners are covered by a generous three year limited warranty. 

They are also a part of our unique Rapid Exchange Program. Should your FC 3/FC 5 ever require in-warranty repairs, our call center (based in the USA) will arrange to quickly ship you a replacement so that you experience as little downtime as possible.

There is no need to ever drive your Kärcher hard floor cleaner to a service center (unlike other floor cleaning machines!). We stand by our products and are here to help with innovative services like the Rapid Exchange Program.

The FC 5 and FC 5 Premium are made in our manufacturing facility in Europe (Lithuania). 

The FC 5 Cordless is made in Italy.

The FC 3 Cordless is made in China.

Our bottled floor cleaning solutions are made in Germany

The spare roller sets are made in France.

Already own a Kärcher FC 5 or FC 3? Read frequently asked usage questions on our product FAQ's page

FC 5 Dirt Water Living a Fit and Full Life

Step by Step - How to operate Kärcher's hard floor cleaner machine

The FC 5 is simple to use – just follow the instructions shown in the user manual and this video to quickly get your hard floors clean and shining like new. 

Comparison Chart for Kärcher Hard Floor Cleaners

Two Tank System (fresh and dirty water tanks)

FC 5

YES

FC 5 Premium

YES

FC 3 Cordless

Tank + Tray1

FC 5 Cordless

YES


Cleaning/Storage Station

FC 5

YES

FC 5 Premium

YES

FC 3 Cordless

YES

FC 5 Cordless

YES


Universal Floor Cleaner Solution

FC 5

YES2

FC 5 Premium

YES3

FC 3 Cordless

YES2

FC 5 Cordless

Yes2


Stone Floor Cleaner Solution

FC 5

NO

FC 5 Premium

YES3

FC 3 Cordless

NO

FC 5 Cordless

NO


Sealed Wood Floor Cleaner Solution

FC 5

NO

FC 5 Premium

YES3

FC 3 Cordless

NO

FC 5 Cordless

NO


Oiled/Waxed Wood Floor Cleaner Solution

FC 5

NO

FC 5 Premium

YES3

FC 3 Cordless

NO

FC 5 Cordless

NO


White/Yellow Roller Set4

FC 5

YES

FC 5 Premium

YES

FC 3 Cordless

YES

FC 5 Cordless

YES


White/Gray Roller Set4

FC 5

NO

FC 5 Premium

YES

FC 3 Cordless

NO

FC 5 Cordless

NO


Battery-Powered Cordless Operation

FC 5

NO

FC 5 Premium

NO

FC 3 Cordless

YES

FC 5 Cordless

YES


Debris Pickup Function

FC 5

Standard

FC 5 Premium

Improved5

FC 3 Cordless

Standard

FC 5 Cordless

Improved5


Body Color

FC 5

Yellow

FC 5 Premium

White

FC 3 Cordless

Yellow

FC 5 Cordless

Yellow


Weight

FC 5

10.8 lbs

FC 5 Premium

10.2 lbs

FC 3 Cordless

5.3 lbs

FC 5 Cordless

12.8 lbs


Three Year Limited Warranty. Rapid Exchange Program®.

FC 5

YES

FC 5 Premium

YES

FC 3 Cordless

YES

FC 5 Cordless

YES


1The FC 3 Cordless collects dirty water into a 4.7 ounce tray, whereas all other models have a 6.7 ounce dirty water tank.

216.9 ounce bottle, makes up to 50 full tanks of floor cleaning solution when combined with water.

3One ounce bottle, makes up to three full tanks of floor cleaning solution when combined with water. 

4Color coding is for identification purposes only and does not affect cleaning performance. For example, you might use the white/yellow rollers to clean your living room and the white/gray rollers to clean bathrooms. Machine washable.

5Improved debris pickup offers increased suctioning capability for pet hair and coarse dirt.

Kärcher floor cleaning solutions

You can use the FC 5 to clean floors with only water – or you can add a little cleaning solution to help loosen dirt and impart a clean shine.

Our Universal Floor Cleaner is suitable for all hard floors, while the other formulas are made specifically for stone or wood floors.

Extra sets of Microfiber Rollers

Our electric floor cleaners rely on microfiber rollers to safely clean your hard floors. While the rollers are reusable and machine washable, you may want to use a separate set for specific rooms.

For example, you might use a gray set for cleaning bathrooms and a yellow set to clean all other rooms.

Both sets of rollers are made of the same microfiber material – the color stripes are there just to help you keep them separate. 

Why choose Kärcher hard floor cleaners?

German Engineering. Quality Tested.
Karcher Rapid Exchange Program