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NOW CLOSED Put a Kärcher Steam Cleaner through its paces (RRP £219.99) and get to keep it after testing.

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AlexMumsnet (MNHQ) Mon 11-Mar-13 12:26:22

We've been asked by Kärcher to find 30 UK based Mumsnetters keen to put their Steam Cleaners to the test.

Kärcher say their Steam Cleaners "revolutionise home cleaning, tackling any and all frequent and difficult cleaning tasks with professional results and abolishing the need for hours of endless scrubbing! Our steam cleaner is a natural and environmentally-friendly solution that provides a family-focussed alternative from chemical cleaners that aggravate allergies and are harmful to children, killing 99.99% of all common household bacteria without the need for detergents"*

They are particularly looking for MNers who are brand new to steam cleaning and who are keen to make light work of their cleaning needs. From day to day tasks such as laminate flooring and kitchen surfaces, to those jobs we all put off such as limescale and mould in the bathroom and tough grease on the oven hood in the kitchen.

For more info on the Karcher steam cleaner that's available for test, click here - testers will be trying out the SC2.500C model. Kärcher say "We are thrilled to have created a product that achieves professional standard cleaning without the need for chemicals just using tap water. Our steam cleaners are perfect for busy parents who don't have the time to spend hours on end cleaning but want to achieve a deep down clean. 99.99% of all household bacteria are killed when thoroughly cleaning with the Kärcher Steam Cleaners hard household surfaces."

We're also looking for a further 5 testers to demonstrate the versatility of the cleaner by taking video footage of it tackling a variety of common cleaning issues, including:

~ Everyday dirt on laminate floors or tiles
~ Baked on oven grease (on the over hood)
~ Mould/limescale on bathroom tiles

If you're happy to make a film for Kärcher please tick the box on the application form. Videos will be recorded using a smartphone, so please make sure you have one of the models listed on the form. If you're selected you'll be asked to film yourself in your home using the product. You'll then need to send the footage here to MN. Please note the videos will be edited into a montage and will feature on the Kärcher website as well as on retailer websites. It may also be used elsewhere (eg Facebook, MN) - your name will not be used.

If you're selected to take part then you'll be asked to leave feedback at least twice on a thread on Mumsnet: we'd like first impressions and then some comments after you've used the cleaner a few times. You'll also be asked to add a review to the steam cleaner review section on MN.
Everyone who takes part in the product test and leaves their feedback as requested gets to keep the Kärcher steam cleaner after testing (RRP £219.99).

Additionally, the five testers who send in video footage as required will be sent a £20 John Lewis voucher.
Deliveries will take place on Thursday 21st, Friday 22nd and Monday 25th March. Please indicate on the sign up form what day and time slot you prefer.

If you'd like to take part please add your details here:

Please only apply if you are around at the end of March/ Early April for testing and feedback.

Thanks and good luck!

PS - look out for the feedback thread because if you're not selected there's a chance to win your very own Kärcher SC2.500C worth £219.99!

*When thoroughly cleaning with the Kärcher Steam Cleaner 99.99% of all common household bacteria will be killed on common household hard floor surfaces.

Woofers Sun 31-Mar-13 23:03:53

Glass oven doors - yes!!!!!!!! I am sooooooooo excited. I might go round my house collecting before pictures while I'm waiting for it to arrive. When it gets here I won't have the patients to do before and after. In fact im considering going off sick when it arrives. . . .

ninja Tue 26-Mar-13 21:16:39


TequilaMockinBird Tue 26-Mar-13 17:02:29

Thanks for that Alex smile

AlexMumsnet (MNHQ) Tue 26-Mar-13 15:26:11

The Feedback Thread is here!

SoupDreggon Tue 26-Mar-13 15:06:11

The glass oven door! Yes!

Although I suspect mine would be best taken off the oven and cleaned outside on a tarpaulin.

wannabeEostregoddess Tue 26-Mar-13 14:02:36

Thanks Alex smile

AlexMumsnet (MNHQ) Tue 26-Mar-13 13:59:45

Hi all, in terms of ovens, Kärcher say:

"Kärcher advise that you can use your steam cleaner to clean tough grease from the oven hood, the glass on the door and also the shelves that can be taken out of the oven. However steam cleaners should not be used to clean the inside of an oven. This is an EU standard and no steam cleaners should be used in this way."

morethanpotatoprints Tue 26-Mar-13 11:30:21


I think this was worse as we later found out it was a patch that had burned plastic/rubber which had rubbed off a keyboard which in a former life had been melted.
Obviously, didn't know this at the time. It was totally our fault as it does say this could happen in the book.

I think if people use caution on carpets and only wish a general spruce up there should be no problem. Perhaps go over quickly as you would a mop or vacuum, not paying too much attention to detail. The other carpets are fine and some parts with less wear have come up like new.

AlexMumsnet (MNHQ) Tue 26-Mar-13 11:05:44

Just to clarify we only need 5 of the testers to record videos, and they have been notified separately. So if you haven't been told explicitly there's no need - your technique sounds impressive though lalalonglegs hope the others are taking notes grin

Woofers, feel free to add feedback on the thread when it's up - even though you're not an official tester!

coribells Tue 26-Mar-13 10:18:23

mine arrived yesterday. Looking forward to using it. Is it complicated , looks a bit scarey too me .

AlexMumsnet (MNHQ) Tue 26-Mar-13 09:32:09

I'll ask about ovens and let you know!

SoupDreggon Tue 26-Mar-13 07:14:29

At first stain greatly improved, the next day the stain was twice as big as it spread through the fibre

This occurred to me when I did my carpet yesterday - the steam isn't removing anything if you think about it. I guess you 'd need to rub at it with a cloth too to soak up any muck.

I don't care as I was planning to replace my carpet. but it's worth bearing in mind.

WildThong Mon 25-Mar-13 22:51:11

I steam cleaned the radiator surfaces, you know how they go that grimy yellowish colour. Anyway, it didn't turn them pure white or anything but definitely lifted the colour and made them look clean and fresh.

Oh and probably tmi, but the underneath of the toilet seat was a bit stained pee yellow blush and even scrubbing with bleach didn't shift it before, now it's pure white again!

morethanpotatoprints Mon 25-Mar-13 22:31:34

Please Please Please WARNING CARPETS

I have done several carpets, unfortunately had a disaster. Its our own fault it says in the book.

Ok tried to remove a stain. At first stain greatly improved, the next day the stain was twice as big as it spread through the fibre. To get a general lift it was great and all smell fresher and are cleaner.
Read about stains before you tackle one.

wannabeEostregoddess Mon 25-Mar-13 22:12:41

Ooh good idea! Hope they get back to you/us! smile

TequilaMockinBird Mon 25-Mar-13 22:08:52

I've reported my post so that MNHQ can hopefully ask the question and let us know <crosses fingers> smile

TequilaMockinBird Mon 25-Mar-13 22:07:11

Me too wannabe. I wonder if Alex could ask Karcher and let us know?

wannabeEostregoddess Mon 25-Mar-13 21:50:34

I really wanted to do an oven with it. But after reading that I was unsure.

Keen to know if its possible.

Crazybit Mon 25-Mar-13 21:48:48

They asked for 'baked on oven grease'.
I meant I'd already done the hob and the top of the extractor fan/surrounding cupboards so I took the extractor fan cover off and did that for the video.

TequilaMockinBird Mon 25-Mar-13 21:41:55

Did you do inside the oven crazy? Or just the door?

wannabeEostregoddess Mon 25-Mar-13 21:22:33

It says in the manual that ovens shouldnt be cleaned with it confused

Crazybit Mon 25-Mar-13 21:05:54

I got my messsges about the videos. Grr at them wanting a video of the oven cleaning, I did it the first night it came. So I did the extractor fan. Also, I hope they dont mind if the videos are a bit longer than required as I got carried away with one..

Woofers Mon 25-Mar-13 20:44:55

I am so jealous of you testers I have bought one just so I can be in the mucky cloth gang

lalalonglegs Mon 25-Mar-13 20:38:22

I thought we were all meant to be making videos - I have perfected using the steamer with right hand while filming with left and making sure that my face does not appear in frame. You should see the bit where I clean my floor, I have been showing it to my friends all weekend - it's really impressive.

SoupDreggon Mon 25-Mar-13 18:52:57

You could hire a glamorous friend to be you?

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