How to Care For Your Wooden Staircase

How to Care For Your Wooden Staircase

Adding a new wooden staircase to your property is a powerful way to add value and character. It’s also an investment worth protecting. We take pride in the great quality of all of our stair parts, which is why we want to make sure you get the most from them and can enjoy them for many years to come. With the right care, you can maximise your staircase’s lifespan and keep it looking its very best throughout.

To ensure you have all the knowledge you need to take care of your staircase, we are here to run through a list of the most important ways to care for your wooden staircase. This should include regular cleaning, polishing, any potential refinishing and occasional retouching in the event of any minor blemishes that crop up as part of any household accidents.

Vacuum & Sweep

What might seem like common sense is still worth repeating. Regularly cleaning your staircase by vacuuming or sweeping will do wonders for both its appearance and its longevity. Any wet spillages should be cleaned up quickly with an absorbent cloth. Leaving spillages can cause staining or, in extreme cases, warping of the wood. Make sure that any cleaning products are safe to use with the wood and finish of your staircase.

Polish Your Staircase

Frequent polishing will make sure your stairs look stunning and give your guests an excellent first impression. For the absolute best results, it is necessary to polish your stairs regularly using a good quality natural polish. Silicone based solutions should be avoided; they will repel water and lacquer coating, hurting the staircase more than they help. Be careful to use a polish that will not cause you to slip - if the treads of your staircase are not covered with carpet, extra care should be taken to ensure you do not make them a slip hazard.

Refinishing & Retouching

Even with the best of care, heavy traffic or simple accidents can wear away at the staircase’s surface. You can combat this in two ways. Firstly, to mitigate the cause of excess wear and tear: avoid wearing hard shoes around the house (heels especially) and be vigilant against bumps and scrapes when transporting any heavy objects on the stairway. Secondly, in the event that blemishes do occur, they can be addressed with a combination of wax, surface finish or penetrating finishing.

If you follow this advice, your staircase will easily last a lifetime. We hope that you will appreciate your staircase and care for it as much as the people who crafted and installed it.

To start planning your own wooden staircase, visit our staircase gallery and see what our ranges of stair parts look like when they are fully assembled. Our experts are on hand to answer any questions you might have, so please feel free to get in touch.