March 3, 2019

Kärcher SC3 Steam Mop | Review

A little while ago I posted about how I’m trying to be a bit more environmentally friendly as well as some tips to make your cleaning routine more eco-friendly and one of the areas I wanted to work on was my cleaning supply. Now I’m pretty sure we all have narnias by now stacked with mountains of Zoflora (if you don’t know what I’m referring to there then you need to go and follow Mrs Hinch right now).

Anyway, I mop my floors, a lot. Probably more than needed but OCD and all that jazz. I normally go for diluted Zoflora, Flash Floor Cleaner or Method Wild Rhubard Floor Cleaner in my good old spray mop but because I clean so often I end up going through so many bottles, especially with the Method one because you don’t dilute that so it ended up a bit counterproductive but I really wanted to try and get a good clean without using a bunch of chemicals multiple times a day.

 Kärcher contacted me and asked if I’d like to try out their SC 3 Steam Mop and of course I jumped at the chance.  Kärcher is a brand that we are already familiar with as we have their jet washer too and I’ve seen so many people on Instagram saying how much they love the brand so I had high hopes for this steam mop!

It’s been a while since I have had a steam mop or should I say a while since I’ve had a decent one. I had one a few years back that was a cheap thing from B&M and it died within a few months but I guess you get what you pay for in quality with these things. The Kärcher SC 3 is a lightweight steam cleaner enabling you to deep clean your home with just tap water. No bottles upon bottles of various cleaning products, just good old water.

What’s included?

The steam mop itself
Descaler Cartridge
Floor attachment + Microfibre Cover
Hand Nozzle + Microfibre Cover
Small Brush Attachment
Detail Nozzle
Extension Tubes

Ease of Use

After being used to a spray mop and cordless vacuum the fact this is corded took a bit of getting used to at first, it has a cord to the mains then a hose coming out the front which attaches to the tubes and whatever attachment you’re using so I got a bit caught up at first. Aside from me being super clumsy it was super easy to move around because it’s really lightweight and the handle and wheels make it easy to maneuver and it heated up in about 30 seconds. It’s not as easy to store as an upright steam mop so if you lack space then this may be tricky to store but it fits quite nicely in our cloakroom. The assembling itself took me all of 10 seconds. The hose extensions and attachments all clip in and out super easy even for my hypermobile fingers and the huge label on the microfibre floor pad makes removing that for cleaning really easy!

Safety Features

There is a child safe steam lock on the handle that controls the steamer, the hose gets warm but not hot thanks to the protective coating. You can also control the level of steam that comes out too as well as shut it off completely. The squeeze activated handle prevents steam from escaping until you are ready to use the mop too which I thought was pretty cool because all the other steam mops I’ve used just pour out steam as soon as they’ve heated up to temperature so that is definitely a huge plus if you have kids. Or cats who try and “kill” mops.

Things I like

I really love how you literally only need tap water to be able to kill 99.9% of germs with this bad boy, I do love a nice smelling floor cleaner so the fact that this is unscented doesn’t excite me as much as a rhubarb scented floor but with this being a lot more environmentally friendly if I use this more than my spray mop which was the whole aim in the first place. I’d love to know if you can use essential oils or something in these because that would be a great way of adding the scent to it without the plastic.

I also really like how quickly it all heats up and the safety features are cracking! Even without the carpet attachment, I found it glides pretty darn well over deep pile as well as weaved carpet and it didn’t take 20 years to dry off. The microfibre floor pad is great for lifting stains, there have been marks on my kitchen floor that no amount of going over with my spray mop would shift but a few seconds of steam and they’re gone.

Things I didn’t like

There are only really two things I didn’t like and that was the wires. I’m super clumsy around wires at the best of times but wires and a hose were quite tricky to navigate around in smaller rooms. The other things I didn’t like was the smell of the steam, I’m hoping the smell will wear off as I use it because the only way I can describe it is that it smells “new”. I might do a bit of research on essential oils in these because I’m sure that will sort it for me in the mean time.

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