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How to clean a stairlift

Posted by: The Stairlift Company · on 26th May 2016

A stairlift, like any other piece of equipment, needs to be taken care of properly in order to prolong its lifespan and ensure that it remains in proper working order. Due to their nature, stairlifts are generally used by more vulnerable people and so it is imperative to look after them properly to keep the user safe.

Consult your manual

The below is a general guide. Your user manual will give an overview of how best to clean your stairlift, so consult this before you clean the equipment. Improper or aggressive cleaning may void your warranty or cause serious damage to the equipment. If you are in any doubt, contact your stairlift manufacturer for clarification of the best cleaning practices for your model.

It is also important to get your stairlift serviced annually, during which a professional should clean and lubricate the unit. They will also be able to assist you with advice on cleaning and maintenance for your stairlift.

Before you start

Please note the following before you clean your stairlift:

  • When cleaning the stairlift, it is recommended that a maintenance professional or someone without mobility issues cleans the stairlift track, as this involves moving up and down the stairs.
  • When cleaning the stairlift chair, you should only do this when the carriage is at the bottom of the stairs to prevent a fall risk.
  • You should never try to clean the stairlift while it is in motion, as this could cause serious injury or damage to the equipment. For safety, disable the stairlift using the immobiliser key before cleaning to ensure that it is not accidentally switched on.

NEVER use cleaning solvents

However you choose to clean your stairlift, you must never use cleaning solvents, bleach or abrasive cleaners on any part of the equipment. These types of cleaners can corrode the mechanisms and can cause the roller on the stairlift track to lose friction, meaning that it may skid.

No matter what other cleaning tips you come across online or anywhere else, you must never use cleaning solvents on your stairlift.

General cleaning of your stairlift

The surfaces of your stairlift should be given a quick dust with a dry cloth or feather duster every week or so in order to prevent the buildup of dust. Dust which settles on the stairlift will be compressed by the stairlift carriage over time, which can cause bumps and lead to a less smooth ride. This may also clog up the mechanisms if left for too long, which may cause damage to the stairlift.

You can also use a slightly damp – but not wet – cloth on the seat and the track to better pick up the dust, but always make sure to dry it off completely with a dry cloth afterwards. A small amount of household spray polish may be used, but be sure to spray this onto a cloth and not onto the stairlift itself to prevent the polish from dripping inside, which could cause a short circuit, and do not get the polish on any of the moving parts. Wax polishes are not recommended for cleaning your stairlift.

How to deal with tougher stairlift stains

For any tougher stains, a damp, soapy cloth and a bit of elbow grease should be applied, but be careful not to get any water into the unit. You can also use a small amount of non-abrasive cleaner, such as the kind that you would use to clean kitchen countertops, to clean tougher stains on the casing. This should be sprayed onto the cloth and not directly onto the stairlift, as it may drip into the mechanisms and cause damage. Always make sure to dry off the stairlift once you have finished cleaning it.

Cleaning your stairlift seat

The seat cushion of your stairlift can be wiped clean with a damp sponge. Vinyl coated seats will be easy to wipe clean, while staining on upholstered seats can be spot treated with a soapy sponge or upholstery cleaner. Be sure to dry off the seat after cleaning.

The Stairlift Company’s team are always on hand to answer your questions about stairlifts or to offer advice when you need it. If you need to book a stairlift service, get in touch with us today and one of our expert engineers will be there to help.

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The Stairlift Company

The Stairlift Company installs high quality stairlifts to help people with mobility problems stay in their homes longer. Based in the Midlands, The Stairlift Company serves the whole of the UK and offers a friendly and comprehensive service to customers.

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