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Karcher SC1020 Steam Cleaner
Member Name: rufusdog
Karcher SC1020 Steam Cleaner
Advantages: Worked for what we wanted
Disadvantages: Was hard to work on the carpet
Our rug in the dining room was looking a bit jaded and we wanted to give a it a spruce us as we had recently decorated the room. I was telling my brother about it and he said he had a steam cleaner we could borrow to have a go at it to see if it came up any better.
The cleaner is a Karcher SC1020 steam cleaner and he bought it from Tesco for just under £100. The cleaner is a nice yellow colour and it come with a hose, pipe and brush attachment like you would get with a vacuum cleaner. You also get another bit that looks like the brush bit for a vacuum cleaner but you attach cloths to it to rub the floor with. The hose has a trigger thing on the end which is where you attach the pipes if you need to use them. You store some of the attachments in holes in the cleaner so like you do in a pull along vacuum cleaner.
The cleaner is easy enough to use, you just need to fill it up with clean water and switch it on and wait for it to heat up. It didn't take long to heat up, then you just press the trigger and it sends a spurt of steam out the end. As we were doing carpets we attached the pipes and the piece with the cloths on the end of it. I started in one place that looked quite dirty and rubbed over the floor in a circular motion and kept going over and over in the same place for a bit. When I looked at the cloth on the bottom it had gone really dirty so it must have been removing something although it was hard to see it on the carpet itself at first. I changed the cloth a few times and kept at it and it did look a lot cleaner but it was not easy to rub the floor for so long and I had to get my Other Half to take over as it was starting to hurt my shoulders and arms.
The cleaner is quite lightweight to carry around, even with the water in it. This means though that the tank for the water is quite small so you will probably need to refill up the tank if you are doing a lot of cleaning in one go. It does not take long for the cleaner to hot up again though so this is a good thing.
I used the cleaner again to defrost our freezers. I did this without the pipes or anything on the end just using the hose with the trigger on it. It was really quick at getting rid of the ice and I would highly recommend this way of defrosting the freezer as it took next to no time to get it all done and back on again. Only thing was the wire for the cleaner is not very long so we had to plug it into an extension lead to get it to reach where the freezers are kept.
I also used the cleaner to give our bathroom and kitchen a good clean while I had it. You will need to make sure the windows are open when cleaning with it but it was good at doing it and I found it easy to get into the corners where I wouldn't usually be able to reach.
I suppose there are numerous other ways of using this cleaner to do different things but having it for a week gave me a good idea of what it can do. I would really like to have one of my own but not sure if I can afford to buy one for £100 at the moment. Think I will just have to borrow my brother's one again in a couple of months time.
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