Routine Staircase Cleaning Should Be Detailed
Back in the day, the task of vacuuming a carpeted staircase posed a danger. Vacuums were big, clunky and quite heavy. The way you would accomplish this task amounted to making your way slowly up the staircase, one step at a time. You would hope that the vacuum would not get away from you and tumble down the stairs, taking you with it. Consequently, you vacuumed the staircase less often than necessary.
These days, things have improved. Vacuums now weigh much less than in those days. The parts that were formerly made of metal are now lightweight plastics. Many vacuum manufacturers have created much smaller models that make cleaning carpeted staircases much easier and less hazardous. Hoover, in particular, manufactures a vac they call portaPOWER. This small portable canister-type vac measures approximately four inches wide and 15 inches long. It will sit sturdily on a stair step while you vacuum surrounding stairs and risers. Its cord is long enough that the entire staircase can be completed without moving the plug.
Other Staircase Details
While in the staircase, don’t stop at the stairs themselves. Carry a slightly damp microfiber cloth which you can use to wipe down the baseboards on each side of the steps. Most stairways also feature railings and banisters. Use the microfiber cloth to remove dust from them. The carpet may not reach all the way to each side of the step, leaving hardwood exposed. These edges will also be wiped with your microfiber cloth. If the railing and bannister continue on the second story, be sure they are also cleaned. Look for scuff marks and fingerprints in the staircase area. These can be easily removed by using a Mr. Clean Magic Eraser™. Simply dampen the eraser with plain water and wipe the effected area. When cleaning painted walls, be careful not to scrub too hard or you might damage the paint.
Remember to look up in the stairwell. Use an extendable duster to remove cobwebs near the ceiling. Now you have a totally clean staircase. If you would rather turn this job over to a professional cleaning service, give Custom Maid a call at 499-8568 and we will gladly take care of your weekly or bi-weekly cleaning shores.