Step Up Your Game With Our Essential Staircase Maintenance Tips.

5 Jun 2024


Given the current cost of living crisis, ensuring the longevity of your staircase is crucial. At Surrey Staircases, we prioritise providing our customers with not only value for money but also a durable investment that stands the test of time. A well-maintained bespoke staircase can ensure your investment's longevity and serve as a stunning focal point in your home, enhancing both its aesthetic appeal and value. Here are some essential tips to help you maintain your staircase and keep it in top condition.

Regular Cleaning

The most obvious and easiest step is a weekly clean. Use a vacuum with a brush attachment to remove dust and debris from the treads, risers, and balustrades. For wooden staircases, follow up with a microfiber cloth to pick up any remaining dust. Use a damp cloth with a mild detergent for regular cleaning. Avoid harsh chemicals that can damage finishes. Chemicals can affect each material style in different ways, We can always help recommend the type of cleaner that would best fit your bespoke stairs speak with our team to discuss what you need.

  • Wooden stairs: Harsh chemicals can strip away the protective finish on wooden stairs, exposing the bare wood to damage. This can lead to discolouration, fading, and loss of sheen, making the stairs look worn and unattractive.
  • Metal Stairs: Strong chemicals can cause etching or pitting on the surface of the metal, leading to a rough, uneven texture. This not only affects the aesthetic appeal but also creates areas where dirt and moisture can accumulate, further accelerating corrosion
  • Glass Stairs: Harsh chemicals can react with the glass, weakening its structure over time. This is particularly concerning for tempered glass, which is designed to shatter into small, less dangerous pieces upon impact. Chemical damage can compromise this safety feature‚Äč

Polishing and Finishing

The next essential step in staircase maintenance is polishing and finishing. The products you use and the frequency of this task depend on the material of your stairs and the level of foot traffic they endure.

  • Wooden Stairs: Use a high-quality wood polish every few months to maintain the shine and protect the wood from wear and tear. Every few years, consider refinishing the wood to restore its original look. Lightly sand the surface before applying a fresh coat of varnish or stain to bring back its original beauty.
  • Metal Stairs: Use a metal polish for stainless steel or wrought iron railings to keep them shiny and rust-free. Polishing helps to maintain the metal's lustre and remove minor surface imperfections. Metal stairs, especially those made from stainless steel or wrought iron, should be polished every 3-6 months. Apply a protective coating to prevent rust and corrosion, especially in humid environments. This step is crucial to extend the life of your metal stairs and keep them looking pristine.
  • Glass StairsTo maintain the pristine condition of glass stairs, use a glass cleaner every 1-2 weeks to remove fingerprints, smudges, and dirt. For deeper polishing, apply a glass polishing compound every 6 months to a year. Use a soft cloth to buff the compound in circular motions, restoring clarity and shine. Additionally, apply a glass sealant to protect the surface from scratches and stains. Ensure the sealant is evenly spread and allow it to dry completely before using the stairs, adding a protective layer to maintain the glass's pristine condition.

Inspect for Damage

Inspecting stairs for damage is crucial for maintaining their safety, functionality, and making your stairs last longer. Regular inspections help identify issues such as loose components, surface damage, and structural weaknesses before they become significant problems. For wooden stairs, look for loose handrails and balusters, and check the treads and risers for movement or squeaking, which may indicate loose fastenings. Surface scratches, dents, and cracks should also be assessed; minor issues can be addressed with wood filler and refinishing, while larger cracks may require our help. Metal stairs should be examined for signs of rust or corrosion, especially around welds and joints, and any loose components should be tightened promptly. For glass stairs, inspect for surface scratches, chips, and ensure all supporting hardware is secure and free from corrosion. Regular safety checks, including ensuring non-slip surfaces and adequate lighting, are also essential. If you suspect your stairs are damaged or unsafe, please don't hesitate to get in touch. Click here to speak with our team if you have any concerns.

Preventative Measures

This stage depends on your lifestyle and how you use your home. A home should be lived in and loved, but here are some often overlooked aspects that can significantly impact the maintenance of your new bespoke staircase.

  • Humidity Control: Maintaining the right humidity levels in your home is crucial, especially for wooden stairs. High humidity can cause wood to warp, swell, or crack, while metal components may corrode. Using dehumidifiers in particularly humid environments helps to stabilise the air moisture levels, preserving the structural integrity and appearance of your staircase.
  • Shoes: The type of footwear used on your stairs can greatly affect their condition. High heels and heavy shoes can create dents and scratches on wooden treads. Encouraging family members and guests to wear soft-soled shoes or go barefoot can prevent this type of damage. This simple practice can help maintain the pristine condition of your stairs.
  • Pets: Pets, particularly those with long nails, can inadvertently scratch and damage the surface of your stairs. Regularly trimming your pets’ nails can mitigate this risk, helping preserve the finish and aesthetic of the staircase. Additionally, consider using pet-friendly stair treads for added protection.
  • Safe Practices: Promoting safe use of your stairs can significantly extend their lifespan. Discourage running, jumping, or any other rough usage that can cause undue stress on the stair structure. By encouraging careful and respectful use you can ensure the stairs remain a safe and beautiful feature of your home.

Maintaining your staircase doesn't have to be a daunting task. By following a few simple steps, you can keep your stairs looking new and ensure they remain a beautiful and safe feature in your home for years to come. These tips are easy to implement and beneficial for everyone. If you haven't yet upgraded your stairs with Surrey Staircases but are considering a custom-made set, click here to explore your options further and discuss how we can help you create the perfect staircase for your home.