To me, thinking about how to vacuum stairs was about as appealing as pondering having several teeth filled without novocaine. Following actually performing the former highly unpleasant ordeal, I’ve been known to have a tooth filled just to cheer myself up. So to delve further into advancing a skill I had no interest in to begin with, such as how to vacuum stairs, held no fascination for me whatsoever. And I knew, for a fact, that I was far from alone in this mindset.
Therefore, I decided to rectify the situation once and for all by tackling it head-on and share what finally worked for me: simple ORDER. That’s right, a step by step approach to tame the beast and provide the structure we all really need to easily and relatively painlessly succeed at this unseemly chore. Note: This overview applies to both carpeted and non-carpeted stairs with a few exceptions. http://vacuumcleanercarpet.com/how-to-vacuum-stairs/
In the Beginning
Before you officially start your engines, it’s wise to lay down a few ground rules by beginning with an ounce of prevention:
a. No shoes or boots in the house
b. No brushing pets on the stairs https://groomandstyle.com/
c. No brushing long human hair on the stairs
d. Be sure not to let vacuum bag get too full or it will lose suction -
e. Avoid wearing socks or other slippery footwear
f. Dust banisters or handrails before you begin
Your Partner in Crime: The Vacuum Cleaner
As with any acquisition of true value, purchasing a vacuum cleaner specifically for your stairs will pay such dividends in convenience in the months and years to come it will most assuredly be one investment you’ll never live to regret. Now, let’s look at your options.
But, if you want to go with the more traditional route or stick with what you’ve already got - vacuum cleaner-wise - the experts in the field are unanimous in their opinion that the canister model best fits the bill here. This is due to a number of reasons that make it uniquely capable for vacuuming the stairs in stellar fashion.
• First, it is very maneuverable
• Next, the canister is multi-purpose
• And, it is excellent on stairs
If your machine needs to be plugged in, please choose the location of the outlet wisely. For inside your vacuum lies, coiled up, a potentially very dangerous adversary – the cord. Respect it. Because, let’s face it, no one is going to notice how clean your stairs are if you trip over the cord and end up sprawled out down yonder with a broken ankle!
Tackling Corners and Edges
Oh yes, they’re in the nooks, crannies and crevices – my personal nemeses – dirt, dust and a Heinz 57 variety of allergens, most likely. I’m referring to what’s right in front of you countless times a day: the corners and edges of your staircase(s). So, if you’ve stopped wearing your glasses or contacts when you go upstairs just so you won’t see the dust (like I had), take heart. Your sight is, once again, insight. Here’s the simple eye-opening process that is assured to do it.
First – Clear All Dirt and Debris from the Stairs
This can be easily accomplished by starting from the bottom and, equipped with a plastic bag on your arm, simply pick up – large and small bits – of whatever shouldn’t be there. They can potentially clog your vacuum and render the entire operation moot. Think less is more. Depending on the lifestyle of your cohabitants, you might want to wear rubber gloves. Or better yet, have the sloppiest member of your family assigned the chore. (And you all know who that is without pointing fingers!).
Second – Remove Large Brush and Use Only Smaller Nozzle
Often vacuums come with unique attachment specifically designed for cleaning various areas of stairs. The one for this task is smaller than the usual nozzle and has a sharp and pointy head.
Third – Really Dig In
Now, firmly press the nozzle along each corner so the vacuum can suck up all of the accumulated dirt and debris where it lives. Several short vertical strokes may also be effective for such removal. Go on to similarly clean the edges before we move on to the “main event”.
A Staircase to Heaven
And now we get to the most important part: the section of the stairs your guests can see as they exit your home, often being directly adjacent to the front door. While you may have once made sure to remove the overhead light bulb before anyone arrived (as I did) you now flip on the switch with confident glee to reveal an absolutely spotless set of stairs thanks to the valuable lessons you’ve learned in this blog.
The “Meat of the Matter”
The first order of business here is to change the small nozzle back to the large brush which is most efficient for this wider landscape job. Move sequentially from the bottom step to the top. Go over the tread (or wide middle section several times). The stairs are the highest traffic area of any home and the tread is the most stepped on the part within that category, so please vacuum accordingly. If you have carpeting in this area, you will need to exert significant force to clean them properly. Be sure to flip it over to cover risers (the vertical underside of the wall of each step) in a similar fashion. Back and forth, back and forth, in both horizontal and vertical directions several times should take care of business very nicely.
Check Your Work
Once you’ve completed this hideous task, I’m certain you have no desire to repeat it anytime soon. Most “in the know” on such matters suggest every seven to ten days will suffice between sacrifices to the vacuuming to the stairs gods, so I go with that. As such, it’s good to give your work a careful once over. If you see a spot you’ve missed, it’s an easy fix at this point.
Vacuuming stairs is never going to be like a six-year-old’s Christmas morning. But with the right direction, as supplied above and the confident and hopefully light-hearted attitude you’ve attainted through reading it, all that’s left to proceed, as they famously say in the Nike ad is JUST DO IT!
I sincerely hope you enjoyed learning something from this post and, if so, that you’ll share it with those who might be similarly inclined. We always welcome any and all of your comments and questions, so please feel free to leave them in the designated section below.
For Your Review
- In the Beginning
- Your Partner in Crime: The Vacuum
- Safety First
- Tackling Corners and Edges
- A Staircase to Heaven
- The “Meat of the Matter”
- Check Your Work