Carpeting on stairs is a huge trend here in Kansas City, but what do you need to know about caring for carpet in such a high-traffic area? Since stairs see more traffic than anywhere else in your home. Read on to find out how to keep your carpeted stairs looking great for years to come.
Carpet has an unfortunate tendency to accumulate dust and dirt that can’t be seen very well compared to grime on wood stairs, which makes it easier to ignore. If you hate cleaning, this could be a bonus for you. Don’t let the fact that you can’t see it make you complacent. In order to keep it looking its best, carpeting needs to be vacuumed about once a week, depending on traffic—including on the stairs. If you can’t imagine hauling your full-sized vacuum up the stairs one stair at a time and pausing to vacuum each one, consider investing in a lighter model, or a hand vac, just for the stairs. Making cleaning easier is half the battle of increasing the longevity of your carpeted stairs.
Just like with all other carpet, carpeted stairs need regular deep cleaning. We recommend doing this once per season (or at least twice a year) for best results. Most steam cleaners have an extra long nozzle, which makes deep cleaning the stairs a little less intimidating than it sounds, but if you’re the type who doesn’t like to vacuum the stairs, consider hiring a professional to the deep cleaning—you won’t regret it.
If you’d prefer a professional, we recommend our partner, Bock’s Steam Star, the best local option for steam cleaning. Bock’s uses a natural specialty solution to suspend and extract oils and soils. Their Maintenance Cleaning System for traffic lanes is a great option if you want to deep clean high-traffic areas but don’t want to invest the time in cleaning your whole carpet (there’s no moving furniture around, they only focus on the parts of the carpet that get walked on).[/vc_column_text][/vc_column][/vc_row]
Replace As Needed
At some point, all carpets wear out, and that goes double (or triple) for carpets in high-traffic areas. No matter how much you clean it, a worn carpet is a worn carpet, and no amount of cleaning will make a worn carpet look new again. If your carpet is showing noticeable signs of age, it’s time to call us for a consultation to go over your options
Caring for carpeting on your stairs isn’t really that different than caring for carpeting in other areas of your home: it requires regular maintenance, consistent deep-cleaning, and periodic replacement to keep it looking the best, but we think it’s worth the commitment to have carpeted stairs.