When you are living in a multi-story house, carpeting on staircases is quite common. They provide safety, especially for children. Also, the carpet on the stairs is a sound barrier for the foot traffic. However, this traffic is the main cause for dirt and debris. And we know how cleaning can be frustrating. Thus, this article will face this problem. Learn how to clean your carpeted stairs with 6 easy steps.
Below I have made a list of an easy and effective cleaning of carpeted stairs if you are unable to hire a professional cleaning service.
1. Remove the dirt and debris
By using a stiff brush or broom, you will remove any debris and you will loosen up the dirt. This is the first step because you need to pay attention to corners and edges in order to make everything accessible. Also, it is best starting at the top, working your way down to the bottom stair.
2. Use a powerful vacuum
Now, the following step would be to vacuum all the loosened debris. Thus, you need a cordless vacuum that has a brush or hose attachment to suck up the dirt you have loosened up.
As a cleaning solution, the best out there seem to be the shampoo. Thus, applying a carpet shampoo will help you tremendously. Using a scrub brush, spread the carpet shampoo all over the place. While scrubbing, make sure you get into the fibers. Also, be careful to get to the heavily soiled areas, those are the most problematic ones.
4. Dry it all out
Now that you spread the carpet shampoo, you need to remove the excess water. So you need a dry vacuum to dry everything out. In the case you don’t have a dry vacuum, a perfect alternative is an absorbent towel. If you resort to this towel, you should get each step as dry as possible. You don’t want mold or other contaminants to form due to a moist environment.
Ventilate your house and let the stairs to air dry for at least 12 hours.
6. Vacuum again
Finally, vacuum again the carpet to get it completely dry.
It is recommended that you vacuum your staircase daily if there is heavy foot traffic to avoid a buildup of dirt and to minimize the wear and tear caused by soil grounding into the fibers of the carpet. Shampooing the staircase can be done once a month to keep your carpet looking its best.