Steam Cleaners

Kärcher steam cleaners remove up to 99.9%* of enveloped viruses and 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.

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Two steam cleaners - endless cleaning possibilities

SC 3 EasyFix

With a heat-up time of only 30-40 seconds, it is immediately ready for use and can be continuously refilled. The innovative descaling system allows you to use regular tap water instead of distilled water.

SC 3 Upright EasyFix

With 3-stage steam flow control for different floors and detachable, continuously refillable water tank for uninterrupted work. No additional descaling necessary thanks to descaling technology.

Full steam ahead when cleaning the house

Spotlight on Kitchen Cleaning

Whether it is fixtures and fittings, wall tiles, glass or plastic surfaces, the range hood, stovetop or sink: the steam cleaner leaves the kitchen hygienically clean – with minimal physical effort and without chemical residues.

What the media are saying about Kärcher steam cleaners

Popular Mechanics

SC 3 Steam Cleaner

The 7 Best Steam Cleaners for Sparkling, Spot-Free Surfaces

"This steam cleaner is a powerhouse for continuous deep cleaning. The tank doesn’t require a cool down so it can continuously fill with water while you clean, and the system has a built-in decalcification filter to protect it over time.

It heats up in under a minute which we’re very impressed with as most steam cleaners with this large of a tank take well up to eight or so minutes."


Taste of Home

SC 3 Steam Cleaner

The 7 Best Steam Mops of 2024

"Karcher is a global leader in both commercial and residential cleaning equipment, so although you might pay more, you know you’re getting quality when you buy the Karcher Canister Steam Cleaner. Thanks to the included floor nozzle, hand nozzle and round brush this baby can do it all!"


CBS News

SC 3 Steam Cleaner

The Best Steam Cleaners

"If you want a canister steam cleaner that heats up super fast, this one is for you. It heats up in only 40 seconds."

Real Homes

The 6 Best Steam Mops and Cleaners to Buy in 2024

"An impressive-looking piece of kit, this steam cleaner from Kärcher delivers sensational deep cleaning results using just tap water."


Family Handyman

SC 3 Steam Cleaner

9 Best Steam Cleaners for 2024

"Unlike other canister units that take eight to 10 minutes to heat up, the SC3 is ready in just 40 seconds. Continuous steam with refill convenience is another great feature. When the low water level indicator comes on, just refill the system with water — no need to wait until the unit cools enough or the water reheats."

Using steam to combat viruses* and bacteria**

Simple and effective against bacteria and viruses: hot steam.

  • Hygiene and fiber-deep cleanliness with steam – completely without chemicals, just with tap water
  • Elimination of up to 99.9%* of viruses, and up to 99.9%** of typical household bacteria on smooth hard surfaces
  • Better cleaning performance than with conventional manual cleaning methods with detergent
  • High temperature and strong steam generation

The ultimate clean

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 tiniest areas to thoroughly loosen dirt particles.

Our steam cleaners do not use any chemicals – they use only tap water. This provides a safe environment for small children in particular, who like to put things in their mouths. Allergy sufferers can also breathe a sigh of relief. 

If used properly, Kärcher steam cleaners like the SC 3 can remove up to 99.9%* of enveloped viruses, such as the coronavirus or influenza, and up to 99.9%** of common household bacteria from hard surfaces.


Ditch the chemicals for a safer way to clean

Karcher Steam Cleaners Kill up to 99.9 Percent of Household Bacteria
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* Tests have shown that with spot cleaning of 30 secs at max. steam level and direct contact to the cleaning surface with a Kärcher steam cleaner, up to 99.9% of enveloped viruses such as coronavirus or influenza (excluding the Hepatitis-B virus) can be removed on common smooth household hard surfaces (test-germ: Modified-Vaccinia-Ankara-Virus). ** When thoroughly cleaning with a Kärcher steam cleaner, up to 99.9% of all common household bacteria will be killed on common smooth household hard surfaces, provided the cleaning speed of 30 cm/s at max. steam level and direct contact to the cleaning surface (test-germ: Enterococcus hirae).

Many different home cleaning tasks – one solution.

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.

Kitchen cleaning

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

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!

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.

What can I clean with a Kärcher steam cleaner?

Frequently Asked Questions

No. Use only plain tap water.

Because our steam cleaners include decalcification cartridges, you should use water straight from the tap. Do not use deionized or distilled water.

While handheld units offer some convenience and can be less expensive, they 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.

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 hand nozzle cloth sets should you need them. 


Kärcher'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.

Based on the above, 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

Not at this time

Currently 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 Steam Cleaners) into the North American market in the future.

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The hand nozzle is well suited for steam cleaning:

Oven doors
Exhaust hoods
Other kitchen appliances
Counter tops
Plastic storage bins
Exterior of the washer and dryer
Plastic changing pad for a baby/toddler
High chairs
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:

Natural Stone
Sealed Wood (NOT recommended for waxed or unsealed floors)

As well as these areas:

Tight corners
Showers / tubs
Glass Doors
Drained pools

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 household 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.

We do not recommend it.

Our SC model steam cleaners such as the SC 3 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. 

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
  • Safety certification – by both CSA and UL



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
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Cleaning ceramic and stone tiles

  • Attach a cloth to the floor nozzle to clean tiled floors
  • Using microfiber covers for fine stone is recommended as the fine fibers 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



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.

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Top quality, made in Germany

Steam cleaning systems made by Kärcher are built on 30+ 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.

Our bestselling steam cleaning accessories

Need replacement microfiber cloths or a descaling cartridge for your Kärcher steam cleaner? We've got you covered. 

Why choose Kärcher steam cleaners?

German Engineering. Quality Tested.
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