How to clean the carpet on your stairs
If you are one of the many people that currently have carpeted stairs you have probably already figured out how to clean the carpet on your stairs, but if you are reading this you are probably looking for easier ways to clean the carpet on your stairs rather than having to lug the vacuum up and down the stairs. Most vacuums now a days are light weight so it isn't hard to carry them up or down the stairs, but some of the vacuums are actually rather heavy. But regardless of if your vacuum is light weight or heavy it can get rather tiresome having to carry the vacuum up and down each week, if not more. The good news is that there are some tips and tricks that you can use to easily clean the carpet on your stairs.
Difficulty rating: Easy to moderate
The first thing that you need to do is to get a good broom and sweep the stairs. This will remove all of the loose dirt that is on the top of the carpet, which means the stairs are surface clean. But keep in mind that this will not get down below the carpet nor will it remove any hair that is embedded in the carpet.
The next thing that you need to do is to buy a longer attachment hose for your vacuum. You can find the longer hoses on the manufacturer's website or at vacuum stores. But having the longer hose allows you to leave the vacuum at the bottom or top of the stairs while cleaning them.
Now you need to make sure that you have the brush attachment that rolls or a regular carpet attachment, this attachment is usually what you use on chairs.
Now you need to put on the longer attachment hose and put the carpet attachment onto the hose and turn on the vacuum.
Most people find it better to start at the top of the stairs and work their way down because as you vacuum the stairs sometimes dirt falls onto the stairs below.
Now that the carpet has been vacuumed you are probably ready to shampoo the carpet on the stairs. This is actually a tricky part because most steam cleaners that you can rent do not have a hose attachment for stairs. But if the steam cleaner you rent does have a hose attachment you can use the hose attachment to steam clean the stairs.
If you do not have a steam cleaner or the one that you rent does not have a hose attachment you can clean the carpet on the stairs by hand. First you will need to mix some carpet shampoo with some water to create foam, so you will have to experiment with the amounts to mix until you get a foamy substance.
After getting the solution foamy you are going to want to get a scrub brush and gently scrub your carpet on the stairs with the cleaner. Make sure that you treat any stains on the carpet before you begin cleaning them.
If you have a vacuum that sucks up water, such as a Rainbow or a Shop Vac, what you are going to want to do is suck up the water from the stairs with the vacuum until the stairs are only slightly damp and then allow them to air dry.
If you don't have this kind of vacuum then you are going to want to wait for the carpet to dry a little bit before you use your regular vacuum, to vacuum the stairs.