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Steam Cleaners

Kärcher steam cleaners kill up to 99.9%* of household bacteria, ensuring maximum hygiene and a healthy living environment. Whether in the kitchen, the bathroom or even on floors, it's full steam ahead with Kärcher! Made in Germany.

Discover the power of steam

Pressure + Speed + Temperature = Ultimate Clean

The secret of steam cleaning lies in the powerful combination of pressure, speed and temperature. Microscopic steam particles force their way into even the hardest to reach crevices and tiniest recesses to thoroughly loosen dirt particles. As steam cleaning does not use any chemical cleaning agents, it prevents allergen residues from forming on the cleaned surfaces. This provides a safe environment for small children in particular, who like to put things in their mouths, and allergy sufferers can also breathe a sigh of relief.

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* Average when tested under controlled laboratory conditions. Household conditions and results may vary. Use only as directed.

Many different home cleaning tasks – one solution.

With the SC steam cleaners, it's full steam ahead against dirt. A steam cleaner allows you to clean almost all of your household surfaces in a way that is thorough, hygienic and eco-friendly – right down to the smallest crevices. You'll appreciate the power of deep cleaning, not to mention the amount of money saved when you no longer need to buy multiple bottles of expensive, toxic chemicals. 

Floor cleaning

With the floor tool the SC steam cleaner functions as a steam mop, ensuring maximum cleanliness and hygiene when cleaning stone, vinyl, laminate or varnished wood flooring – and all without chemical residues.

"When it comes to hygiene, I've never trusted mopping 100%. But with the steam cleaner, I don't have to worry."

Kitchen cleaning

The multipurpose SC range of steam cleaners can make all areas of a kitchen hygiene, including faucets, sinks, wall tiles, range hoods, stovetops and more – and all  without using harsh chemicals.

"No matter how chaotic your kitchen – cleanup is much quicker and more thorough with a steam cleaner."

Bathroom cleaning

The SC steam cleaners have the cleaning ability to tackle heavy duty tasks, even sanitizing bathroom areas! Take the dread out of cleaning toilets, faucets, shower stalls and tiles – and don't forget all the grout between tiles. Chemical-free cleaning at its best!

"When it comes to bathrooms, there's a world of germs and hard to reach areas. A steam cleaner tackles both with ease."

Glass and mirrors

Steam cleaning easily removes waters spots, soaps and fingerprints from dirty glass, windows and mirrors. Even hairspray is no match for the SC 3 EasyFix! No scrubbing or smelly chemicals required – simply use the power of steam.

"I can never seem to keep mirrors and shower glass clean, stuff builds up so quickly. It comes off in an instant once the steam hits it."

What others are saying about Kärcher steam cleaners

Good Housekeeping UK

SC 3 Steam Cleaner

"This steam cleaner has an impressive heat-up time, being ready for action in just 30-60 seconds and it can also be refilled at any time to save precious time when cleaning."

 

Trusted Reviews

SC 3 Steam Cleaner

"The machine produces an impressively large amount of steam and yet feels surprisingly light – both in the hand and the cylinder itself."

"It doesn’t have any head-turning features – apart from the constant steam – but it just does the job very well indeed."

Real Homes

SC 3 Steam Cleaner

"I used the detail nozzle of the steamer to speedily blast dirt from the nooks and crannies around my kitchen and bathroom: it tackled what I can only describe as unreachable gunk from the workings of taps, plug holes, tiles and appliances."

The Test Pit

SC 3 Steam Cleaner

"We were honestly amazed at how good the cleaning power was, considering there are no chemicals or cleaning agents involved. Although we expected windows and shower screens to come out looking good, we were surprised by the effectiveness of the small brush attachment. Dirt and even thick and crusty calcification that had formed around the base of taps and plug holes was simply blasted away."

What can I clean with a Kärcher SC steam cleaner?

Frequently Asked Questions

No. Use only plain tap water.

Because our steam cleaners include decalcification cartridges, you can use water straight from the tap. 

The hand nozzle is well suited for steam cleaning:

  • Sinks
  • Toilets
  • Tubs
  • Faucets
  • Oven doors
  • Exhaust hoods
  • Microwaves
  • Other kitchen appliances
  • Refrigerators
  • Counter tops
  • Toys
  • Plastic storage bins
  • Exterior of the washer and dryer
  • Plastic changing pad for a baby/toddler
  • High chairs
  • Doorknobs
  • Trash Cans
  • Litter Box
  • Defrost your freezer
  • Cleaning faux plants
  • Ceiling fans
  • Patio furniture
  • Golf clubs
  • Basketballs, baseballs, soccer balls, hockey pucks
  • Car interiors (plastic or leather only, not cloth)
  •   Dashboard in vehicle
  •   Center console in vehicle
  •   Cup holders
  •   Steering wheel
  •   Side panels

A small round brush is included to steam clean the following:

  • Tight areas around the faucet
  • Grout lines
  • Tough dirt on the stove
  • Stuck on dirt inside refrigerators
  • Refrigerator door jam
  • Tight spaces in car interiors, campers, or RV
  • Cleaning a grill or oven rack
  • Cleaning / disinfecting wire pet cages
  • Other small hard surfaces around the home that are difficult to clean

The included floor nozzle steam cleans the following types of hard floors:

  • Tile
  • Natural Stone
  • Sealed Wood (nor recommended for waxed or unsealed floors)

As well as these areas:

  • Tight corners
  • Showers / tubs
  • Glass Doors
  • Drained pools

No

Tap water is all that is needed. You need only to replace the decalcification cartridge when indicated.

We do not recommend it

Our SC model steam cleaners are intended for home cleaning and sanitizing.

We recommend you purchase a dedicated garment cleaner for cleaning clothes, coats, hats, etc. The steam produced by a garment steamer is optimized for cleaning and removing wrinkles from clothes.

We currently do not sell any garment steamers in the US. 

No, "dry" or "superheated" steam is mostly used for industrial applications

Kärcher steam cleaners heat water to the point of vaporization, but not to the point of saturation (which is required for "dry" or "superheated" steam). Please note that dry or superheated steam is not suitable for sterilization and mostly used in industrial applications. 

Our home steam cleaners get hot enough to kill up to 99.9%* of bacteria, which along with loosening dried-on dirt and buildup, is the primary use for home steam cleaners. 


* Average when tested under controlled laboratory conditions. Household conditions and results may vary. Use only as directed.

Yes

Karcher's home steam cleaners have a steam output of over 200°F. Most experts agree that:

  • Dust mites are killed at 130°F.
  • Fleas die at about 95°F. 
  • Most molds can be killed at temperatures of 140°F to 160°F. 
  • Adult bed bugs are killed at 119°F and their eggs at 125°F, but please note that this may require 20+ minutes of constant heat exposure. For that reason, we highly recommend professional extermination for bed bugs.

Therefore our home steam cleaners are well suited for the removal of dust mites, fleas and molds, but we recommend you leave bed bug removal to the pros. 

NOTE: NEVER use a steam cleaner on a pet, person or plant. Fleas on a pet should be ridded by other methods

Yes and yes.

Both of the included microfiber cloths (floor cloth and hand nozzle cover cloth) are maschine washable. They can be removed without coming into contact with the dirt. 

We sell replacement floor cloths and replacement cloth sets for the hand nozzle should you need them. 

While a handheld unit offers some convenience and can be less expensive, it usually can not match the same level of cleaning as canister steam cleaners.

Canister steam cleaners are multipurpose and can be used to clean many different areas in your home, including floors. They hold more water and Kärcher canister models can even clean continuously, no need to wait between refills.

Cansiters generally also produce a hotter steam and can accept a wider variety of attachments to make them more versatile than handheld units.

Not at this time

At this time we only sell the SC 3 EasyFix canister steam cleaner in the US, but we may introduce other models (SC 1, SC 2, SC 4 or SC 5) into the North American market in the future. Please follow us on social media for future announcements!

 

You should always exercise caution when working with steam. To help, Karcher steam cleaners have:

  • A child safety lock – always engage the child safety lock when not using the steam cleaner to prevent unsafe use
  • A canister design – so that you don't have to worry about the steam cleaner tipping over when you move it

 

Not at this time

At the moment we do not carry the SC 3 Upright model in the US, but we may introduce it in the future. We will add it to this page in the event we do bring it to North America.

Germany

Our Kärcher SC steam cleaners sold in the US are designed and made in Germany.

Tips for cleaning floors with steam

steam cleaning on wood floors with a Kärcher steam cleaner

Cleaning laminate and sealed wood floors

  • Remove any dust on the laminate or wood floor with a vacuum cleaner
  • Limit the steam flow to the lowest setting, so that as little steam as possible gets onto the floor covering
  • Release the steam and move the floor nozzle quickly from side to side
  • Do not release steam continuously and only use the amount needed to remove any dirt
  • Make sure not to create any puddles
  • The residual moisture will dry without leaving streaks behind
steam cleaning on tiles with a Kärcher steam cleaner

Cleaning ceramic and stone tiles

  • Attach a cloth to the floor nozzle to clean tiled floors
  • Using microfibre covers for fine stone is recommended as the fine fibres are ideal for getting into the microporous structure
  • Move the floor nozzle from side to side quickly in overlapping strips when steam is released
  • Only use the amount of steam needed to remove any dirt
  • To clean the joints, move the floor nozzle up and down and from side to side (in the shape of a cross)
  • Make sure to change the dirty cloths as needed

Sustainability

Family

Cleaning and sanitizing, the eco-friendly way

Steam cleaning uses up to 80% less water than cleaning with regular methods and doesn't pollute our waste water with chemicals. One liter of water is enough to create 1,700 liters of steam – enough to clean a 650 sq ft area.

In addition, Kärcher's multi purpose steam cleaners allow energy savings of up to 25% compared to other brands. Thanks to the innovative floor nozzle with slat technology, cleaning results are 25% better, saving both cleaning time and energy.

Like all other Kärcher devices, our steam cleaners are over 90% recyclable once they reach the end of their service lives.

Brand quality

Top quality, made in Germany

Steam cleaning systems made by Kärcher are built on 20+ years of design and production experience. Not only do they clean better than other products, but our multipurpose steam devices also adhere to the highest safety requirements and our own unsurpassed standards.

New innovations are born at the Kärcher research center in Winnenden, Germany, like VapoHydro or our intelligent slat technology, for continuous improvement in our products' cleaning capabilities.

Videos

Introducing the SC 3 EasyFix Steam Cleaner

Understanding the control panel

Our bestselling steam cleaning accessories

Need replacement microfiber cloths or a descaling cartridge for your Kärcher steam cleaner? We've got you covered. And we have some exciting new steam cleaning accessories coming soon – stay tuned!


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