How to Protect Stair Tread Covers

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In today’s market, you can find stair tread covers made from a variety of materials, ranging from slim organic jute to heavy shaggy polypropylene. Whatever the material, stairs tread covers are one of the highest foot traffic areas in your home, thus they are prone to wear, spills, stains, and other types of damage.

It is natural to wonder how you can positively impact the longevity of the stair tread covers on your stairs. What are the best tips on how to protect stair tread covers?

Today we will go over some effective ways to protect your stair tread covers.

Clean spills immediately

It is important to remember that time is not on your side when it comes to spills on your stair tread covers. Most types of stair tread covers in the market are made of materials that are not too resistant to spills. Depending on the material, dab the spill area with cleaning liquid mixture and a microfiber cleaning cloth. Remember to dap, not rub in the spill; rubbing in will only push the spilled material deeper into the fabric.

Regular vacuum cleaning

It is recommended that you regularly vacuum clean the stair tread covers. Frequent vacuuming prevents dirt particles absorbed in the fibers from scratching the covers, and causing early deterioration. Vacuum the covers using a high setting. It is better to use the upholstery attachment of the vacuum, because the piles of fibers can be damaged by the moving vacuum motion.

Professional cleaning

Schedule a professional cleaning around every 12 to 18 months for the best results. Professional cleaning prevents mold from growing in the fibers, and removes deep seated dirt from their roots, thus prolonging the lifespan of the covers. Hiring a professional also saves you time and energy, spent on deep cleaning the carpet yourself.

Block direct sunlight

A home with windows near the stairway that pour direct sunlight onto the stair tread covers, could cause premature fading. You can prevent this kind of damage by incorporating mini-blinds and or curtains to block direct sunlight from reaching the stair tread covers.

Keep in mind that blinds could cost more than curtains. The slates, on plastic blinds, may also easily bend and break. However, the blinds themselves are the best way to keep direct sunlight than curtains.

Remove for dust cleaning

Since stair tread covers are designed for fast installation, it makes them easy to attach, remove, and replace. This gives you a great advantage when it comes to protecting your stair tread covers.

Around every 12 to 18 months, remove and clean the stair tread covers for the best results. Take the stair tread covers outdoors, hang them on a wire. Use a broom or rug beater to beat and loosen the deeply embedded dirt. Let the stair tread covers soak in the sun for some time. Doing this will help get rid of some bacteria, mites, and the orders. Keep in mind that keeping the covers in the sun for too long might cause the colors to fade. Vacuum the covers, when the surface is done, flip over and vacuum the backside. Afterwards, install the stair tread covers back on the stairway.

Replace the damaged covers

Since stair tread covers are designed for fast installation, it makes them easy to attach, remove, and replace. This gives you a great advantage when it comes to protecting your stair tread covers.
If none of the above methods are ideal for your staircase, you can simply replace the stair tread covers on your stairway. It takes relatively less time and effort to install the new stair tread covers in place. Additionally, based on your experience, you can pick the next stair tread covers, made from material better suited to your home’s foot traffic.