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Stair treads are heavily trafficked areas in public and industrial settings. Depending on their construction material, they can accumulate dirt, grime, and other debris quite quickly. Without regular cleaning, dust and dirt can build up on stair treads, creating an unsightly mess that is difficult to remove. Here’s a look at how to clean various types of stair treads depending on their construction material and level of dirt and/or mess.
Regular cleaning can be done with a broom, mop, and mild solvent cleaner can be used to quickly remove dirt and dust from stair treads. It’s important to use a brush attachment so that the bristles can reach into crevices and other hard-to-reach areas on the treads. If necessary, you can also use a damp cloth to wipe down any remaining dirt or dust.
How to Clean Depends on Material of the Stair Treads
Cleaning Aluminum Stair Treads
- Use a bristle deck brush to scrub away dirt and debris
- A hot vinegar and water solution can remove oxidized layers
- Avoid strong solvents, which may damage the aluminum
Cleaning Stone Stair Treads
- Use a stone cleaner or vinegar and water mixture
- Detergent and lukewarm water makes it easier to fight stains
- Pressure washing is an option for old and tough stains
Cleaning Vinyl Stair Treads
- Use a mild soap and warm water solution
- Mineral spirits can be used to break down stubborn stains
- Remember to dilute heavy cleaners that can damage vinyl
Cleaning Wooden Stair Treads
- Use a wood cleaner or soapy water
- Seal wood stair treads with wax or sealer if not protected
- Make sure to clean corners where debris can get stuck
Regardless of your stair tread material, it’s important to note that some cleaners may require extra time and effort. Make sure to read the instruction label before using them on your stair treads. If you’re still having trouble removing a stain, you can try using a scrub brush and gently rubbing the area in small circles. Remember to start with a light touch and gradually increase the pressure as needed. For tough stains, you may need to use a stronger cleaner or call in the help of a professional cleaner.
Finally, when cleaning stair treads, it’s important to be careful not to slip or fall. Wear shoes with good traction and keep your balance by holding onto the banister or wall. Additionally, use a dustpan and brush to sweep away dirt as you go along.
Cleaning stair treads can seem like a daunting task, but it doesn’t have to be. With regular cleaning and the right tools, your stair treads will look clean and clear in no time. Remember to always start with the least aggressive cleaning method and gradually increase as needed. By following these steps, you can keep your stair treads looking their best for years to come.
Amstep Recommends Aluminum Stair Treads
Here’s a look at our stair treads:
SERIES 300 Stair Treads
Amstep 300 Series stair nosings go over existing stairs and provide 3 to 5 inches of durable non slip surface superior to standard rubber stair treads. They can go over worn out existing embedded stair nosing or provide a new non slip front edge to a worn or slippery step. They can go over wood, metal and even vinyl stairs. They come in many colors and provide a visual contrast to the front edge of your steps. They are also available with Sightline and Glowline options for increased visibility even in the dark.
SERIES 500 Stair Tread
The Amstep 500 series safety stair treads, for renovating existing staircases, is crafted from heavy-duty extruded aluminum and fitted with our exclusive, anti-slip, abrasive particle composite. Available in sizes ranging from 8″ to 11″. Deeper steps can be accommodated with multiple pieces (contact our sales department). These easy-to-install high grip treads provide an affordable option for improving stairway safety and providing long-lasting durability beyond what rubber stair treads can provide.
SERIES 700 Stair Treads
Heavy duty factories, industrial areas and greasy environments need more grip; many customers turn to our 700 Series aluminum stair treads. Originally developed for use in mass transit systems, these treads can withstand the severe industrial conditions and heavy traffic. They are specially designed to disperse liquids, dirt, and other contaminants without delaminating or cracking like a lower quality rubber stair tread. These treads are offered in 8 to 11 inch depths and can be configured to cover stairs’ depths even greater than 11 inches.