Steam Cleaners

Review KARCHER SC-1020 Plus Steam Cleaner

Judy D. Evans
Written by Judy D. Evans

Lightweight and simple to use, the KARCHER SC-1020 Plus Steam Cleaner has been designed to handle a wide range of household cleaning tasks with minimum fuss. It is ideal for floors, tiles, work surfaces, taps, mirrors and shower screens, as well as hard to reach spots.
The Kärcher SC 1.020 is extremely versatile and cleans without chemicals. The SC 1.020 with innovative floor nozzle is ideal for cleaning all types of hard floors. This steam cleaner is also suitable for cleaning other hard surfaces. For example, in bathrooms and kitchens. Powerful steam cleans windows, shower cubicles, glass, taps, tiles, grouting, glass-ceramic hobs or cooker hoods. The detail nozzle and round brush clean in the smallest cracks and crevices in bathrooms and showers. Water tank with 1500 W heating element. With a pressure of up to 3.2 bar, the SC 1.020 offers a high steam output. The powerful cleansing action effortlessly removes stubborn dirt, limescale and grease without
damaging surfaces and is environmentally-friendly. The SC 1.020 features the Kärcher safety lock which prevents the steam boiler being opened under pressure. Like all Kärcher steam cleaners, quality and safety are of the highest standard. The Kärcher SC 1.020 Plus Steam Cleaner comes with an extensive range of accessories that include; 3 hand cloths, 2 floor cloths and 4 nylon brushes.

Floors: The steamer is good on ceramics, laminates, sealed wood, carpets and quarry tiles. If you intend to use on unsealed wood you may need to double the cloth on the floor tool.Walls- Great for both glazed and unglazed tiles, porcelain and most hard wall surfaces. With the small round brush you can also restore grout work with ease.

Chrome: (taps and showers) Cleans and shines and with regular use keeps the scale under control. Alsogreat for removing the residue soap and shampoo’s that buildup.Windows -Add the optional window tool accessory to steam and squeegee in one fast action. Just use a microfibre clothto detail the window afterwards for a complete professional result.

Granite: A steam cleaner combines all the actionyou require for the kitchen work tops, cleaning, degreasing and sanitising in one fast action. Use a microfibre cloth as you go for a final wipe down and your surfaces will sparkle.

Ovens and Hobs: If you use the steamer on a regular basis it will keep the oven under control. The grease and fat from foods goes on in layers and therefore will need to be removed in layers. If you leave the grease for a long period the heat will carbonise the residue, this is very difficult to remove. The steamer is great on cooker tops and hobs. The turbo brush and brass brush is also very useful. The steamer is also very good in the difficult to reach areas.

Features and Benefits:

  • Ergonomic carrying handle: Enables convenient handling.
  • Hand nozzle: Easy-to-handle nozzle for cleaning small surfaces.
  • Lightweight with compact dimensions: Easy to carry.
  • New floor nozzle with improved cleaning performance and terry cloth: For cleaning floors.
  • Parking position: Park position for working interruptions and convenient storage.
  • Detail nozzle: Concentrates the steam jet onto a single point.
  • Round brush: For cleaning small surfaces, cracks and edges in bathrooms and kitchens.
  • Safety lock: To prevent opening the device when pressurised.
  • Extension tubes: For cleaning floorboards.
  • Accessory storage: Accessories can be stored optimally in the device.

Product Specifications:

  • Pack Size: Each
  • Motor size: 1500 Watt
  • Power: 220-240 volt
  • Capacity: 1 Litre Boiler
  • Cable Range: 5 Metre Mains Cable
  • Weight (kg): 4.7
  • Colour: Black & Yellow
  • Pressure Bar: 3.2 bar
  • Hose Length: 2 Metres
  • Tools Inc: Floor, Hand & Detail Nozzle
  • Additional Equipment: Descale sticks
  • Warranty: 12 months (Domestic use only)
  • Model: SC1020 / SC2 Steamer
  • Model Number: 1.512-213.0
  • Width (mm): 254
  • Height (mm): 380
  • Depth (mm): 260

What’s in the Box?

SC1.020, Floor tool, Hand tool, Hand cloth, Floor cloth, Detail nozzle, Nylon brush


  • It’s small so easy to store.
  • It’s light so easy to get out and put away.


When empty of water have to wait until cool to refil

Final Conclusion:

If you are looking to steam clean your mattresses, use the steam cleaner on upholstery or carpets then the KARCHER SC-1020 is a great unit for most cleaning tasks in the average sized home if using for an hour per time, 2-3 times per week.Lightweight, good cleaning sanitised results and very good for the environment eliminating harsh chemicals being introduced into the water course.

About the author

Judy D. Evans

Judy D. Evans

Spent 2001-2005 developing strategies for cleaning company formation in Tampa, FL. Spent college summers lecturing about marketing with no outside help. Spent childhood building my own cleaning company in Pensacola, FL.

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