Alfred Karcher founded his own company in 1935. His breakthrough into the cleaning technology industry began in 1950 with a hot water pressure cleaner. It is still a family owned company today. In 1985 Karcher Australia was formed, and today Karcher is in 190 countries. With innovation and diversification, Karcher expanded with wet and dry vacuum cleaners, sweeper vacuums, scrubber driers, steam cleaners, cleaning agents, vehicle washing bays, and wastewater treatment systems.