Not only do staircases serve a practical purpose by providing a safety wall mounted handrail, but they can also be a decorative focal point in a room. In order for staircases to stand the test of time, it is important that you properly maintain them. The way that you need to clean and care for your staircase will depend on a variety of factors, including the type of material the staircase is made from. We provide some helpful tips and tricks that will help you to properly maintain both wooden and metal staircases.
How to Care for a Wooden Staircase
Wood is the most popular material that is used to make staircases. You can begin by thoroughly inspecting your wooden staircase. Start by checking the wooden boards, balusters and the general overall appearance of the wood and paint. In many instances, you’ll just need to do a thorough clean of the staircase to spruce it up a little. Only ever use products and tools which have been designed for use on wood, as harsh chemicals can sometimes damage and strip the paint and even eat away at the wood underneath. Use a duster to remove cobwebs from those hard to reach areas, and be sure to dry the staircase thoroughly after cleaning.
If your staircase is looking a little worn, then you can also sand down the surface area using electric sander or sanding block, and then re-paint the staircase. When the paint is dry, paint the staircase with a layer of special wood varnish to help protect the paint and prevents chips and other damage from happening.
You may have noticed that you have some damaged wood. Small cracks can be repaired by using a special wood glue. Always follow the instructions on the packaging as to how to correctly repair small pieces of wood. In more serious cases, you may have to replace parts of the stairs. This is particularly common when it comes to railings and balusters. To replace a damaged baluster, begin by using a chisel to carefully prize it from the staircase. You can replace the post using a new baluster, and fix it in with a panel pin. You may need to repaint the baluster afterwards in order for it to match the rest of the wood on the staircase.
Creaking stairs are another annoying problem that homeowners may have to deal with. However, they can be fixed fairly easily and quickly. First, remove carpet runners from the stairs, and then use a drill to make pilot holes through the centre of the stairs into the riser below. Tightly affix the screw into the riser, and then fill in the hole using a special wood filler. Allow the filler to dry before attaching the carpet back down.
How to Care for a Metal Staircase
Special care must be taken when maintaining metal staircases. Although these types of staircases are generally more durable and long-lasting in comparison to wooden staircases, they still do need to be regularly cleaned to keep them in tip top condition.
Begin by inspecting the metal, checking that the powder coating is in good condition. Always clean metal staircases with a special metal cleaning product. Dilute the product in water and then follow the instructions to remove dust and dirt from the surface of the metal. Always wipe clean any of the product to prevent it from eroding away at the metal. Depending on the type of metal your staircase is made from, you may also be able to polish it bring up the surface of the staircase to a nice shine.
If the powder coating is eroding, or if you have spotted more serious damage, then you may have to have a specialist come to fix the issues for you. It’s important to deal with these issues as soon as possible, as failure to do so can result in serious damage to the staircase, and it can pose a health and safety risk for your friends and family.
Pear Stairs recommend general cleaning your staircase every week, while deeper cleans should be performed whenever required. If you don’t have the tools and expertise to fix a damaged air case yourself, then it’s always advisable to call in professional help. When you properly care for your staircase it will look great and last for many years to come.