Frequently used to access separate floors in your home, your indoor staircase is both a focal point and a high traffic area. Its heavy use can sometimes take a toll, and staircases can become dull and damaged over time. Fortunately there are several ways to revitalize your staircase. In some cases, you may only need to do a little cleaning.
When it comes to maintenance, it is recommended that you wipe your wooden staircase with a dry cloth, and then again with a damp microfiber cloth. Carpeted stairs should be vacuumed regularly. A metal staircase will probably need a commercial-grade cleaner that can be sprayed on and wiped off.
After cleaning, it is important to polish your staircase, especially if it is wooden. Make sure you choose a quality wood polish that matches your stair’s natural finish. If the staircase is painted, find paint that is a matching color and try to cover any areas where it may have chipped. If you find a comparable color, store it somewhere that is easy to access. That way you will be able to continue making quick touch ups as needed. This will save you the hassle of stripping, sanding, priming, and painting the staircase a new color.
Replacing the carpet on a staircase is another way to bring new life into your home. Carpeting comes in a wide range of colors and patterns. You are sure to find one that suits your design preferences. Make sure your choice compliments the hand rails and surrounding flooring. Carefully measure the stairs so you know how much carpet you will need. When you decide which carpet to buy, purchase a bit extra in case any installation miscalculations are made.
If you think you need to replace your stairs entirely, make sure you consult a licensed professional before making any decisions.