Taking Proper Care of Wood Stairs

Today I’m going to talk about taking care of your staircase, both inside wooden stairways and outside stairs.  

Lets start with your wooden indoor stairs.

Begin by sweeping, vacuuming or dusting each step starting at the top. 
Next, determine the type of sealant that is on the wood stairs.  If you don’t know what type of finish is on your wood steps – a shiny wood surface has been sealed with polyurethane and a penetrating finish, which has a matte look, will be sealed with an oil or wax finish.  
Buy a cleaner that is suitable for your type of finish.
Using a terry cloth or micro-fiber covered mop, wipe the solution on the wood. 
Sweeping, dusting, or vacuuming the stairs daily will help to prevent scratches on the wood. 
Never use ammonia on wood. 
Never wax steps because this will make them very slippery and therefore dangerous.

Cleaning Your Wooden Outdoor Stairs.

Start at the top and work your way down.
Give the steps a good sweeping with a broom. A frayed tip broom will work best while sweeping because it helps to pick up the smallest of dirt particles. 
Using an all-purpose cleaner or soap and water, Thoroughly wash the stairs. 
Next, scrub with a brush, broom, mop, roller, or sponge. 
Rinse the stairs with a damp rag or a sponge.
Use a clean, dry rag to dry them. 
Thoroughly clean outdoor wood stairs every 1 to 3 years. 
Using a sealant will help protect the stairs from outside elements and sun exposure.
Once again, do not wax steps because this will make them very slippery and dangerous.

Happy Cleaning 🙂

 

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