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How to Clean and Polish Your Stair Parts

Dec 11

As a homeowner, keeping up with the maintenance of your stair parts can be tedious and time consuming. Over time, rising foot traffic can cause stair parts to become worn and grimy, resulting in an unappealing appearance. Whether you have just installed new hardwood staircase components or have been living with original ones for years it's important to clean and polish them regularly so they look great and last as long as possible. You don't need expensive products or hours of scrubbing - all you need are some basic tools and 20 minutes of your time to keep your staircase looking gleaming! In this blog post we will go through how to clean different kinds of stair parts including wood, iron & steel railings, banisters & spindles, handrails & balustrades and more.


  1. Dust and sweep the stairs

Dusting and sweeping the stairway should be a regular chore to keep them presentable and reduce the risks of slipping. The stair is one of the most commonly used locations in a home so it's important to keep it as clean as possible. Simple tools such as a dustpan and mop can make quick work of quickly removing dust, dirt, and other debris from the stair's surface. Removing messes like this will not only help you create an inviting entrance into your home but also won't cause unnecessary slips or falls on their way up or down. Taking care of the stair will prevent trips to the store for broken rubber mats or worse yet - trips to the hospital.


  1. Apply a cleaning solution to the stair parts 

Cleaning stair parts is an important step in keeping them in good condition. Depending on the material and surface of the stair components, select a cleaning solution that is appropriate for the job. Always test out the cleaner in a small inconspicuous area to make sure it doesn’t cause any damage before applying to all stair parts. Applying too much of the solution or not completely rinsing all residue off can cause discoloration and other undesirable effects. Be sure to thoroughly scrub stair components with a stiff-bristled brush and protective gloves when necessary. Once finished, stand back and admire your work as you appreciate how great stairs look after thorough cleaning.


  1. Scrub with a brush or sponge

 Regular stair scrubbing is essential for good hygiene - especially in households with children or pets. A brush or sponge is great for reaching into the nooks and crannies of your stair treads. Getting deep down into every corner, you can make sure that no germs, dirt, or allergens are left clinging to the stair surfaces and presenting a health hazard. Pay particular attention if your stairs tend to collect dirt quickly due to their placement in high traffic areas, and give them a once-over regularly to ensure they stay hygienic and safe.


  1. Wipe off the cleaning solution with a cloth

To ensure your stairway is clean, start by cleaning the stair risers and treads with a multi-surface cleaner. After that, use a cloth to wipe off any remaining cleaning solution so that the stair won't be slippery or hazardous. The cloth should ideally be made of a material like cotton that can absorb the liquids quickly and easily. You may need to give it several passes in order to completely remove the solution. Regularly wiping down your stairway with these materials will help keep it in good condition while reducing the chances of slips and falls on stair surfaces over time.


  1. Apply polish to the stair parts (optional) 

Applying polish to stair parts is an easy way to add some extra flair and longevity to your stairway. Once the stair parts are cleaned of any dust or debris, a few coats of polish can be applied for an added layer of protection. Polishing stair parts will also increase their shine while adding visual depth. This is especially helpful if you have stairs that get a lot of traffic and need extra durability. Polish provides more than just a finished look; it extends the life of your stair parts, giving them a brilliantly polished appearance that will last for years.


  1. Let dry for 24 hours

After taking the necessary time and effort to refinish a stair, it is important to let the stair dry for 24 hours before using. This allows enough time for the sealer and protective finish applied to your stair to fully cure and create a high-quality, long-lasting stair surface. It is also recommended that you give your stair an extra day of drying time just in case moisture from the product or environment affects the result. After letting your stair properly dry, you can enjoy a refreshed stair that looks as good as new!



Choosing the right stair parts can seem daunting at first, but with a few simple steps any stairway can stay looking beautiful for years. First and foremost, the materials your stairs are made from will determine what kind of cleaners or polish you need to use, so it's important to know those specifics before you start. Researching the type of supplies that will be most effective before beginning is vital in keeping stair parts sparkling clean. Once you have an understanding of what materials to use, remember always to test a small area first before applying it across the stairway - this will ensure an even finish without risking major damage. By tackling each stair section one at a time and avoiding overusing products by accident, cleaning stair parts doesn't have to be a hard task. With these helpful tips in mind, anyone can keep their stairways shining!