Cleaning the carpet on your stairs can sometimes be challenging. It can be a tedious process to get in all of the crevices, especially if the carpet is more of a runner style that does not span the entirety of the stairs. Dirt can tend to build up the most in those areas. Carpet cleaning your stairs can also be really hard on your body as you are bending over for a long period of time while also walking up and down and up and down the steps. Hiring a professional cleaning service is a great way to get the job done quickly and efficiently while saving you a lot of labor and headaches. If you refuse to hire a professional carpet cleaning service to help you clean your staircase, then here are some tips to help you do it yourself.
First you need to start by stirring up and loosening the soil that has accumulated over time. You can do this using a thick bristle brush or a strong and stiff broom. For longer fibers, a simple hair brush can do. If you have a runner style carpet on your steps, grab a toothbrush and hit the edges where the carpet meets the stair. This can really help to loosen up any impacted debris. Make sure to wear a mask when doing this process as you could be kicking up all kinds of dust and allergens that could make you very ill. Also, use gloves to prevent blisters on your hands from scrubbing.
Next, you will need to vacuum up all the soil that you loosened up. Make sure that you take your time on this step as it will make the rest of the cleaning process easier and more effective. Definitely go over each step a few times, not just once. Also, make sure to go slowly to give the vacuum enough time to pick up the dirt. Leaving the vacuum in the same place for a few seconds will allow the deeper soils to lift out of the fibers. If you have a hand vacuum or a vacuum with an extension hose, those will be the easiest for you to use for cleaning your stairs. There is no need to lug a heavy vacuum up a down a flight of steps. That will get old real quick and also put you at risk of injury. If your vacuum comes equipped with any cleaning attachments, like a crevice tool, use them to get in those small spaces that a typical vacuum can go.
The final step is to use a carpet cleaning solution to shampoo the carpet. If you have a wet vac, use it to remove any excess water to allow the carpet to dry faster and prevent any mold from growing. If you do not have a wet vac, use a thick towel to absorb some of the moisture. To apply the solution, use spray bottle to lightly coat the carpet with the shampoo. Then using a scrub brush, buff the shampoo into the carpet concentrating on heavy soiled areas. Let sit and dry for up to 24 hours. Then vacuum again. Enjoy the results!