Cleaning the stairs requires certain knowledge about the vacuuming process, initially start from the edge, dive into the middle, and come out by the risers. Want to know more? Let’s dive in.
How to Vacuum Stairs
Step 1: Gather Required Tool
The first and foremost step is to gather the necessary tools as in the model of vacuum you have, if you have a loose mini brush that is adjustable and also rotates, better. Apart from that, if you have a cordless vacuum good for you, otherwise select a suitable spot for electric supplier socket.
Step 2: Suitable Spot
Now, what do we mean by a suitable spot? Stairs can be very long in height as well as width, So you would have to continuously move around with the vacuum in the process, so either you keep a very long cable wire or just a suitable spot.
Step 3: Start the Main Task
If you look closely, then you will notice two parts of the stairs. 1) Horizontal and 2) Vertical. Apart from these you can divide the stairs into 3 sections, a) Edges, b) Treads, and c) Risers. Now, clean it according to the sections.
Start from the top and end with the bottom. Meaning while vacuuming the stairs, the conventional way is to start from the base, rather we suggest you start from the top. Now after coming to the top, start from the edges. Why? Because the edges are a bit arrogant, they tend to cuddle with all the dirt, so if you clean from the treads, the dirt and debris may sometimes flow to the edges due to air.
Step 4: Clean Edges
So try to go outside-in this time. Now while cleaning the edges, keep the front brush in alignment with the edges, it will be efficient as well as easier. Move on to the part of the tread. It’s all about the discipline, how you proceed.
The treads part is the broad space where you keep your foot. This area covers the 3/4th portion of each step of the stairs as well as contains most of the dirt and debris. But easier than others. Just swipe your vacuum all over the treads to have a nice and precise suction. You can use either the brush attachment as well as the mini brush.
Step 5: Which one to use?
Now coming to a most important part, vacuum models may vary, but the basic structure consists of two types, as in handheld mini motor brushes and full-sized vacuum cleaner. Which one to use? Both have their perks, mini one gives you flexibility with smooth rotation, on the other hand, the full-sized one gives you comfort and less work.
Step 6: Risers
Now back to the procedure, the last portion is the risers. It is the most difficult as well as tiresome one to deal with. You would need to be precise. We would suggest you use the mini motor brush for this one, as you would need to be sharp and precise with consistent movement.
How to Vacuum Stairs With an Upright Vacuum
Hello, upright vacuum users. We know how you feel. But we are here to give you a few tips to make your life much easier.
These vacuums generally are of 2 types, as in one which has a long hose and others small in comparison with a heavy hose than the cylinder counterparts. Long hose ones give you an advantage like letting you clean the stairs just with the movement of the brush attachment.
Also, you can just set it at the bottom of the stairs and drag the whole front part with you the top. It gets much easier as it puts a large portion of the weight on the suction. So just carry it to the top or bottom, plugin, and then drag it to the bottom or top while sucking all the dirt and debris.
How to Vacuum the Risers of the Stairs
Now, this is the trickiest portion of the whole procedure, we all agree. But if followed and combined with the following steps, then you will find it easier. Now, using the mini motor brush is convenient as you will constantly move your arms.
You need to twist your brush in 2 directions, vertical and horizontal. If you are twisting your brush vertically, then you will need to go slow and move the brush sideways. It requires more time as well as puts more tension on your arms.
But if you twist the brush horizontally, it gets easier with only one swipe and less sharpness. Just swipe the brush sideways and vacuum the whole area in a jiff. So we would suggest the latter one.
Q: Can a mini-motor brush be used for stair vacuuming?
Ans: Yes, definitely. If you are up for some heavy work, it will do just fine.
Q: Can I use a long hose upright vacuum for stair vacuuming?
Ans: Yes, but you will have to make it sit either at the top or the bottom and plug it in. Then drag it with you.
Still, finding it tricky? Remember, it is all about the discipline, how to proceed. You can do the vacuuming in many different ways, but without the proper and organized procedure, you will only go so far. Hoover and shark are the two famous brands who made vacuums that are good at stair cleaning.