Steam Cleaner Test: Kärcher SC 1 EasyFix Premium


Kärcher Steam Cleaner Test: Kärcher SC 1 EasyFix Premium

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Who wants to eliminate dirt and bacteria, often resorting to the chemical club. There are disinfecting bath cleaners, limescale removers, degreasers and other special aids. However, the best remedy is and remains heat. With heat, oil and fat can be released and bacteria like neither cold nor heat. Therefore, many things are also scoured for disinfection. Now it is difficult to flood all surfaces with boiling water without causing flooding.

The hot water should be used as targeted, economical and very hot. That reaches a steam cleaner. While water in the pot can be heated to a maximum of 100° C and then evaporated, a steam cleaner uses the resulting overpressure in the device to produce water vapor with a temperature of well over 100° C.

In the test today we have the small and handy steam cleaner SC 1 from Kärcher. We will give him some tasks and test how he beats.

Contents: Steam Cleaner Test - Kärcher SC 1 EasyFix Premium

  • Technical Data Kärcher Steam Cleaner SC 1 EasyFix Premium
  • A scope of delivery which promises an extensive work assignment
  • The first impression can be decisive
  • The preparation for the first use
  • The Kärcher Steam Cleaner SC 1 in practical use
  • Limescale and encrustations on the whirlpool of a mixer tap
  • Floor cleaning with the Kärcher steam cleaner SC 1
  • Kärcher steam cleaner test on black window rubbers
  • The field of application of the Kärcher SC 1 is endless.
  • Conclusion to the Kärcher Steam Cleaner SC 1 EasyFix Premium

Technical Data Kärcher Steam Cleaner SC 1 EasyFix Premium

(Manufacturer)

area performance20 m²
heating capacity1200 watts
Max. Vapor pressure3 bar
cable length4 m
Heating time3 minutes
Boiler / tank contents0.2 liters
Current Type230 volts
Weight without accessories1.6 kg
Dimensions321mm x 127mm x 186mm

A scope of delivery which promises an extensive work assignment

Steam cleaners are already available for small money at various online retailers or even at the discount store. It should be kept in mind, however, that high pressure and, above all, high temperatures are used here. Just as one should not rely on cheap products for the brakes on one's own car, it is also important for a steam cleaner to value quality.

In what for a steam cleaner one has invested, but can also be seen by the scope of delivery. Here, the little Kärcher trumps already neat and the extensive accessories promises a wide range of applications.

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The delivery includes:

  • Steam Cleaner SC 1 EasyFix Premium
  • operation manual
  • two EasyFix extension tubes each 0.5 m
  • large floor nozzle EasyFix
  • small hand nozzle EasyFix
  • Microfibre cloth for large floor nozzle
  • Microfiber cover for small hand nozzle
  • flexible steam hose with steam plug and steam gun
  • small round brush
  • Detail nozzle
  • Power nozzle
  • Measuring cup for filling
  • Mesh bag for storing the items

This makes the Kärcher Steam Cleaner SC 1 suitable for the targeted processing of small, inaccessible areas as well as for large-scale wall and floor cleaning. But if 200 ml tank content is enough for it?

The first impression can be decisive

As with the accessories, the SC 1 can also score here. It shines in a bright and smooth surface, on which every blemish would be immediately visible. The look is certainly not crucial, but it shows how conscientiously worked. I can not find a flaw.

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"Secured" is the child safety device and can be unlocked unintentionally.

The most important thing about a steam cleaner, however, is undoubtedly safety. Here is the first of the closure, which also includes the pressure relief valve, at the same time. And that really matters, which speaks for a very massive execution. But it also includes a special protection device, which we come in practical use.

Not only the steam cleaner itself, but also the accessories leave a solid impression. Although these parts are no longer under pressure, but still have a secure quick release with click system.

As a further protective device, the steam cleaner has a child safety lock on the operating switch for steam release. But she can not convince me that much. On the one hand, the rocker must be locked manually, which sometimes can be forgotten and one still weighs himself to safety. On the other hand, the rocker is designed so that it protrudes locked upwards and thus can be easily solved. Unlocked, it lies flat and does not encourage you to press it. I would find it reversed better and safer - rather unintentionally lock the operation switch, as inadvertently disable the child lock. But one should not forget that the least devices have such a fuse at all.

The preparation for the first use

According to the manufacturer, the Kärcher steam cleaner is filled with 200 ml of water, for which a measuring cup with marking is part of the delivery. It is important to keep exactly to the manufacturer's instructions. Air can be compressed, but not water. In order to avoid excessive overpressure, there must always be a certain amount of air in the tank, which compensates for the overpressure. If the pressure is too high, the pressure relief valve in the closure responds and the pressure escapes unused for safety reasons.

Now, if the 200 ml of water filled (optimally distilled water), the cap can be screwed on and the cable to be connected. Unfortunately, the Kärcher steam cleaner does not have an extra switch, but a green control light that signals the power connection.

As a heating time of Kärcher three minutes are given, which were also needed in the test in about. Something of a pity is that there is no ready indicator or any signal that tells when the steam cleaner can be used. Only a faint clack of the bimetallic switch can be heard. So you can look at the clock, listen carefully or simply wait longer. The SC 1 automatically maintains the temperature, does not lose steam without its own intervention and is quite well insulated so that only a little heat is lost. Even with a longer waiting time hardly any energy is wasted.

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Pilot light shows only the power connection, not the readiness.

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200 ml takes up the SC 1, for which a measuring cup is enclosed.

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A security seal that absolutely deserves its name.

During the waiting period, the required nozzles, extension tubes or the flexible hose can be connected. After all, there is enough choice to look at and try it out.

To clean the floor, theExtension tubes and the floor nozzle needed, which can easily be infected. For a secure fit, they have a click mechanism that holds securely, but can also be solved easily.

For more accurate and targeted use, there is a slightly curved point jet nozzle, which can be directly connected or used more flexibly by the steam hose. If that's not enough with a small round brush, you will also use the power nozzle. This has an even smaller hole, which increases the pressure during steam ejection. The power nozzle is held by means of a safety lock, which engages with two lugs and is twisted. So there is no danger that something will fall apart or the vapor escapes in an undesired place with all compounds.

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The curved spot jet nozzle can be directed up or down.

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With safety lock, the power nozzle can not solve itself.

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Extension tubes and floor nozzles are connected with click mechanism.

The Kärcher Steam Cleaner SC 1 in practical use

According to Kärcher, a steam cleaner can be widely used for some cleaning work. I will try out a few things and show my experiences. It is important to note that the cleaning result is not or only partially included in the evaluation. Whether it is possible to dissolve old paint with steam is not due to the steam cleaner used, but to the color and other influences. Crucial is the handling and how flexible the steam cleaner can be used in the test.

Limescale and encrustations on the whirlpool of a mixer tap

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With the curved nozzle you get under the tap.

We have very calcareous water, added lather, splashes of water and deposits quickly form around the pervator. To remove this is associated with effort and often with scratches on the valve.

Here, the steam cleaner is used with the power nozzle, the curved round nozzle is advantageous. It can be bent downwards or upwards and thus makes it possible to clean the tap from below.

I'm not sure whether it's the steam or the decent pressure that blows the steam out of the nozzle, but the encrustations literally fly away and are found all around the tiles and sink. In any case, the incrustations are solved. However, stubborn lime deposits require a decalcifier. If the steam cleaner is used regularly, calcium deposits should not form at all.

Due to the curved nozzle and steam in combination with high pressure, a great field of application for the Kärcher steam cleaner.

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Limescale and encrustations on the perlator should be removed.

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Except for persistent lime impurities are solved.

Floor cleaning with the Kärcher steam cleaner SC 1

A large walk-in shower is great. The open surface also ensures that water and foam spread widely - limescale and greasy stains are the result. Here is the floor nozzle with microfiber coating show what it can.

Something funny it already seems to connect the quite small steam cleaner SC 1 with the large floor nozzle and the extension tubes. As if you wanted to suck the whole house with a hand vacuum cleaner. For a whole house, the handset is not intended, but at least 20 m² area performance are specified by Kärcher.

In the test, this can be partially confirmed. Our bathroom has about 16 m² - but a filling of water was not enough. But it must also be emphasized that individual jobs have been worked on more intensively and for longer. If you wipe the entire area only evenly, the specified 20 m² come safely.

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The Kärcher steam cleaner can prove itself on limed edges and soap foam.

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Good deposits are dissolved, with lime, the SC 1 unfortunately has to fit.

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Despite regular cleaning, the Kärcher steam cleaner dissolves further dirt.

The cleaning result pleases, even if lime edges on the tiles can not be solved this way. This is less on the Kärcher, but rather because a steam cleaner is generally overwhelmed. Residues of shampoo or shower are well resolved.

Kärcher steam cleaner test on black window rubbers

Our house has been standing for 10 years and the loft is unused for just as long. This is reflected in the windows by black rubbers, which should now go to the collar. A hard piece of work by hand with a rag or a brush, which the SC 1 from Kärcher should remove.

The advantage here is the small round brush, which can be equal to the "steamed dirt" remove and also comes in the small corners. We did not expect miracles and in the first round not all tracks were eliminated, but the result is absolutely convincing. Above all, remember that no chemistry was used for cleaning.

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What lay fallow for several years, the steam cleaner must judge.

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He does that with a convincing result.

But you should be a bit cautious about the currently frosty temperatures. If one side of the glass pane is very cold and the other is heated solid, it can lead to tensions and greater damage. Therefore warm the window or the pane slowly and over a large area or work with the window open, so that the window pane is evenly tempered.

The field of application of the Kärcher SC 1 is endless.

The small steam cleaner SC 1 from Kärcher is "only" a hand-held appliance with a limited amount of steam. However, if you have him in hand and found a place where he can be used, you will find the next and the next... Quickly you want a huge tank that can be worked with for hours. Nevertheless, we deliberately chose a handheld device in the test. This is the way to gain experience and above all, a hand-held device is ready for use quickly. Anyone who thinks he has to regularly evaporate the entire kitchen and the whole bathroom at one go, of course, has the opportunity to switch to a larger model. After all, there are more than enough potential applications and new ones are found with every job.

Here are a few more examples:

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Dissolve deposits in the drain that can not be reached otherwise.

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Disinfecting the coffee machine without chemicals.

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Greasy gravy is easily solved.

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"Danster" on the hood is softened and can be wiped off.

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Unreachable corners in the dishwasher can be cleaned and disinfected.

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Small corners and edges on fittings are cleaned with steam.

Conclusion to the Kärcher Steam Cleaner SC 1 EasyFix Premium

A steam cleaner is a great solution to solve as many impurities as possible and to disinfect surfaces. Here, only the force of high temperature is used and completely dispensed with chemical agents. The cleaning effect of a steam cleaner is therefore out of the question. Fat, soap residue and many stubborn incrustations are loosened and can be easily wiped off. A steam cleaner can therefore excel in terms of safety, handling, pressure, accessories and quality.

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There is absolutely nothing to complain about the quality, as usual at Kärcher. The steam cleaner, as well as the accessories have a high-quality workmanship, can be easily connected and smooth surfaces provide easy cleaning. The steam cleaner could shine in the test with a very good steam yield and a high working pressure, which makes it possible to reach even inaccessible places.

With a more than extensive accessory package, the Kärcher SC 1 can be used flexibly and can be used in many areas for cleaning and disinfection. Within 3 minutes, up to 200 ml of water are heated, which can be dosed very well and used specifically as steam.

Especially the point security comes up. The Kärcher high-pressure cleaner has a lock (parental control), which, however, may be implemented a little better. The lid of the water tank not only has a pressure relief valve, but also a safety device that prevents it from opening while the container is under pressure. Super implemented.

If the control light - which signals the power connection - still give information about the readiness of the steam cleaner, the test result would be perfect. But even so could the SC 1 absolutely convincing and receives a very clear buy recommendation.

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