Maintaining and Cleaning your Stair Runner

31 July 2023

Maintaining and cleaning a stair runner is essential to keep it looking fresh and extend its lifespan.

Stair runners can accumulate dirt, dust, and stains over time due to foot traffic, so regular maintenance is necessary.

Here are some tips on how to maintain and clean your stair runner.

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Maintaining and Cleaning your Stair Runner

Vacuum Regularly - Vacuum your stair runner regularly to remove loose dirt and debris.

Use the upholstery attachment or a handheld vacuum cleaner for the best results.

Vacuum at least once a week, or more frequently if the stairs receive heavy traffic.

Spot Clean Stains - For small stains or spills, address them immediately. Blot the area with a clean, damp cloth to absorb the liquid before it sets into the fibres.

Avoid rubbing the stain, as it may spread. Use a mild detergent mixed with water to gently clean the stained area. Always test the cleaning solution on a small inconspicuous area first to check for any adverse effects.

Use Underlay - To prevent the stair runner from shifting or slipping, especially on hardwood or tile stairs, use underlay and grippers underneath it. This will also help protect your stair treads.

Trim Loose Threads - Check your stair runner regularly for loose threads or snags. Trim them carefully with scissors to avoid further damage.

Avoid Harsh Chemicals - When cleaning the stair runner, avoid using harsh chemicals, bleach, or strong solvents, as they can damage the fibres and colours of the carpet. 

By following these maintenance and cleaning tips, you can keep your stair runner looking beautiful and ensure it lasts for many years to come. Always refer to the manufacturer's guidelines for specific care instructions, as different materials may have varying cleaning requirements.

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