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Caring for your Stair Treads

Clean Natural Fiber Sisal Stair TreadsThe Basics

If you're wondering how to clean stair treads, you've come to the right place. Dean Flooring Company makes top-quality stair treads designed for low-maintenance and superior stain resistance, but routine cleaning is always expected. Cleaning stair treads is exactly like cleaning area rugs and runners, which is to say that you should always clean treads based on the material. Some rug fibers are less tolerant of water and solvents than others, so you always want to be sure you're using the right cleaning techniques to ensure a long life free of fiber bulging, warping and staining.

Stair treads are by and large designed for fast installation and to be easy to remove and replace. You should implement a weekly or twice-monthly routine cleaning - vacuuming and sweeping - to avoid soil accumulation within the carpet's fibers and consider completely removing the treads and cleaning the surface of your stairs at least once per year. When you choose DIY stair treads from Dean Flooring Company, deep cleaning is simple and headache-free. You'll be able to easily remove many of our selections and then reattach your stair treads without glues, adhesives or tools.

Quick Tips for Cleaning Stair Treads:

  • Remove treads once a year or more and shake them out outdoors
  • Vacuum at least once per week - dirt accumulation will quickly break down the carpet's fibers and compromise the quality of the material
  • Use material-specific cleaners for spot-cleaning and deep cleaning
  • Only hire a professional carpet cleaner if you are sure the material is wet-safe
  • Toss them in the wash! Some types of stair treads can be machine-washed on a cold setting and then air-dried
  • Sweep treads with a soft-bristle push broom daily or every other day to control dirt accumulation
  • If leaving treads installed, always alert those in your home that the stairway may be slippery during cleaning

How to clean wool stair treads:Extend the Life of Stair Treads Wool is a great material for people who prefer to clean by vacuum. The naturally soft and soil-resistant fiber can be regularly cleaned using a vacuum cleaner with a brush head. To spot clean wool stair treads, be sure to immediately blot stains and remove all liquid - never rub or scrub wool - and spot-treat using a wool-specific carpet cleaner. For deep cleaning, wool stair treads may be professionally cleaned on occasion.

How to clean polypropylene stair treads: Because polypropylene is one of the toughest, thickest and most chemical-resistant materials, it's not as particular when it comes to cleaning as some other fibers. Regularly vacuum your polypropylene stair treads and spot clean using diluted dish soap and a cotton rag. Polypropylene-specific floor cleaners are fantastic for removing long-set soils, stains and dirt buildup.

How to clean sisal stair treads: Maintaining your natural fiber stair treads is essential for keeping them in use for years into the future. To clean your sisal stair treads, you'll want to regularly vacuum and spot-treat using minimal amounts of liquid. Natural fibers are exceptionally stain-resistant but do not respond well to excess water or moisture, so never steam clean or shampoo sisal. At-home dry cleaning carpet cleaners are great for moisture-phobic materials like sisal.

Keep Wool Carpets Looking NewHow to clean seagrass stair treads: Homeowners love seagrass because it masks dirt better than many other fibers and is naturally resistant to the absorption of stain and spills. To clean seagrass stair treads, implement a regular vacuuming routine with a brush-suction vacuum. To spot clean, gently damp or blot - never soak or rub - the stain. If you need to deep clean your sisal stair treads or rugs, you can purchase DIY dry carpet cleaning kits that won't damage the fiber. Like sisal, seagrass should never be steam cleaned or shampooed.

How to clean nylon stair treads: Nylon is a naturally forgiving material that's designed to hold up to serious dirt accumulation and wear and tear. To clean nylon stair treads, you should regularly vacuum and spot-treat using a foam carpet cleaner. Nylon can withstand extended moisture and chemical exposure, so it's safe to have your nylon carpets professional wet cleaned or steamed cleaned if you need a serious refresh.

How to clean acrylic stair treads: Cleaning your acrylic stair treads is simple. The fiber is naturally quick-drying and moisture-resistant, so you don't have to be as careful with cleaners as you would some other fibers. Acrylic requires more vacuuming than other types of carpeting because the fibers are not quite as durable, so you'll want to vacuum between one and two times per week. You may deep-clean acrylic using a rented machine cleaner or hire a professional.

How to clean washable stair treads:  Hand wash or machine wash on delicate in cold water.  Line dry.  Please note that only stair treads with rubber backing and advertised as washable may be washed.