How to Clean Sticky Wood Stair Handrails

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How to Clean Sticky Wood Stair Handrails
Clean sticky wood stair handrails with basic household ingredients. (scale image by Naty2000 from

A wood stair handrail receives hard, daily use in a home as family members grasp it to navigate the stairs. Especially if you have children in your household, your wood stair handrail may become sticky over time because the hands that grasp it may be soiled and dirty. The handrail can become sticky from body oils, food, dirt and grime, making it feel dirty when you hold it. Clean sticky wood stair handrails with basic household ingredients to restore them to a clean condition.

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Things you need

  • 2 cups warm water
  • 4 tbsp white vinegar
  • 2 tbsp olive oil
  • Spray bottle
  • Nylon scrubbing pad
  • Clean rags

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  1. 1

    Mix the warm water, white vinegar and olive oil in the spray bottle. Close the bottle tightly and shake it vigorously to mix the ingredients.

  2. 2

    Spray a 1-foot section of the handrail with the cleaning spray and scrub the handrail with the nylon scrubbing pad to remove the stickiness and soiling. Wipe the same section with a damp rag to remove the grime and then dry it with a dry rag.

  3. 3

    Clean the entire handrail, one section at a time, until you clean the handrail completely.

Tips and warnings

  • Use a baby wipe for weekly cleaning to keep the wood handrail clean between deep cleanings. Clean the handrail with the vinegar solution every one or two months.

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