If you have stairs in your home that are covered in carpeting, you probably have a pretty good idea about how hard they can be to clean. It's time-consuming to vacuum them, so you may not do them often, which means they are covered in dust, pet dander, and other miscellaneous debris. Dirty stairs can make your home look a little unkempt. You can get them clean without taking up too much time. See below for instructions on how to properly clean your carpeted stairs.
Tools For The Job
Be sure you have a vacuum with good suction that has attachments such as a crevice tool. A stick vacuum is a good type of vacuum to use, as it is lightweight and easy to carry along your staircase. Also a vacuum that has a long enough hose to get you up and down the stairs, without needing to carry the entire vacuum canister is a good vacuum to use. Carrying a heavy canister with you on your stairs can be dangerous.
- Plug in your vacuum and begin at the top of your stairs. Place the canister at the bottom of the stairs, rather than at the top and fully extend your hose to the top (if this is the type of vacuum you are using).
- Attach the crevice tool to your vacuum hose and begin vacuuming the outline of your stair tread with the tool. Get into the crevices and cracks, as well as the front of the stair tread and beneath the front lip (if your stairs have one).
- If your vacuum has a smaller upholstery tool, use this attachment to vacuum the rest of the stair tread and the front of the riser. If you don't have an upholstery tool, you can use the crevice tool to vacuum the entire staircase, but it may take a little longer.
Vacuuming your stairs properly and often will help to keep your carpeting look clean, plush and like new. Be sure to vacuum the riser in addition to the tread, as the riser can also accumulate with just as much dirt, dust, and dander. Also be sure your vacuum has plenty of suction, if you have to go over the same piece of dirt more than once, it may be time for a new vacuum.
Contact a professional cleaning service if vacuuming your staircase doesn't get your carpeting clean. You may need to have your staircase deep cleaned with professional cleaning equipment.
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