Cleaning your wooden stairs will prolong their life and maintain their beautiful appearance. Just follow these steps.
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Things you need
- All-purpose cleaner or dish soap and water
- Brush, mop, roller or sponge
- Large dry rag
- Broom, vacuum or duster
- Cleaning solution that is suggested for your wood's finish.
- Micro-fiber covered mop or terry cloth
Start at the top of the stairs. You will be working your way down from the top step.
Sweep off the steps with a broom.
Wash the stairs with an all-purpose cleaner or kitchen soap and water.
Scrub with a brush, broom, mop, roller or sponge.
Rinse the stairs with a damp rag or sponge.
Dry them with a clean, dry rag.
Exterior Wood Stairs
Sweep, vacuum or dust the stairs.
Determine the type of sealant that is on the wood stairs.
Buy a cleaner that is applicable for your type of finished wood.
Wipe this solution on the wood with a terry cloth or a micro-fiber covered mop.
Interior Wood Stairs
Tips and warnings
- Thoroughly clean exterior wood stairs every 1-3 years.
- A sealant will help protect the stairs from the elements and sun exposure.
- If you do not know what type of finish is on your wood steps know that a surface finish is shiny and is sealed with polyurethane while a penetrating finish has a matte look and is sealed with an oil or wax finish.
- A frayed tipped broom will work best when sweeping. It will help pick up the smallest dirt particles.
- Sweeping, vacuuming or dusting the stairs daily will help prevent scratching the wood.
- Never use ammonia on wood.
- Do not wax steps. Wax will make them slippery and dangerous.