How To Clean A Wooden Staircase (5 SIMPLE STEPS)

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How To Clean A Wooden Staircase

Staircases are an important part of any home. They’re usually the first thing people see when they enter your house, and they can make or break a space. If your staircase is dirty and cluttered, it can be difficult to enjoy the beauty of your home.

You can easily clean up this area with a little effort and make it look brand new again! Wooden stairs add elegance and class to your house. Cleaning wooden stairs may not be as easy as cleaning tiled or concrete staircases. This guide will show you how to clean your wooden staircase so you can keep it looking great for years to come!

Supplies Breakdown

  • Stiff brush or broom
  • Mop
  • Vacuum Cleaner
  • Wood Cleaner
  • Carpet Cleaner

Steps To Cleaning Wooden Stairs

Cleaning your wooden stairs isn’t a complex process if you have the right materials and the time. Here are the steps to follow: 

Step 1) Remove Clutter

  • Remove all clutter from the steps. This will ensure that your wood is not damaged by objects that could fall off the steps. If there are small items, such as books or toys, then ensure they are secured to the wall with a hook or other item.
  • Remove any moldy food items from the stairs. Mold can cause dry rot and weaken the structure of the wood, so be sure to remove any moldy food items from your wooden staircase immediately.
  • Remove any loose pieces of wood or debris that may be on your steps. You might want to wear protective gear such as safety goggles and possibly a face mask while doing this step, depending on how much debris is still in the area and how it could potentially harm you if inhaled or splashed into your eyes.
  • Put trash and debris in the trash bags and dispose of them properly. You can either use a compostable bag or compost.
  • This will make it easier to reach all of the corners and crevices where dust and dirt can hide.

Step 2) Sweep The Steps

Use a broom with a long handle or a brush attachment if you have one. Sweep up and down the steps, not across them (you should be able to see the bottom of each step without having to bend down).

Secondly, remove any dust or dirt collected on your staircase before sweeping it clean with this method—if you do not remove any debris beforehand, it will just get stuck in between each step as you sweep later on!

Finally, sweep in one direction. The most recommended way is to sweep from front to back first, then move over to back-to-front so that all sides are covered equally during this process. This helps prevent dirt build-up where there might otherwise be gaps between floorboards which could trap unwanted particles inside when wet.

How To Clean A Wooden Staircase

Step 3) Vacuum The Steps (if you have carpet treads)

Vacuum the carpets’ treads and remove any dirt, dust, and remaining debris. To achieve this, use a vacuum cleaner with a soft brush attachment to remove dirt from the steps and banisters (if you have them).

Then, remove the brush attachment; otherwise, it can cause damage to your stairway finish, including scratches on wooden surfaces like these. Be sure not to use any other attachments such as beater bars because they will dig into your wood. This could result in cracking or chipping if it’s not done properly!

Step 4) Apply Carpet Cleaner

The next step is to spray the steps with a carpet cleaner. First, let it sit for the recommended time for it to work on the carpet, and then wipe it off with a clean cloth. Second, rinse the cloth in warm water and wring it out thoroughly before using it again to wash your hands or other surfaces that may have come into contact with the solution.

Repeat if necessary until all of your steps are clean! Don’t use bleaching agents on your wooden stairs because they can discolor them over time (and not only will you have wasted money on something that won’t work, but it also could ruin whatever color scheme you had going).

Step 5) Mop The Steps

When mopping the steps, you should clean your wooden steps using a microfiber mop. It will be easier to clean the surface of the stairs because there are no harsh chemicals or scrubbers to damage them. 

The first step is to make sure that you have plenty of warm water on hand. You will also need a disinfectant for wood surfaces like bleach or ammonia that can be used safely around children and pets (and even in food preparation areas). If you’ve got some leftover cleaning solutions from other projects, that should work fine here too!

Once all your supplies are ready, begin by mopping each step with warm water using your mop head as an applicator pad (you’ll want this one because it’s less likely than others would be if they had been used before). 

Then wipe down any residue left behind with a soft cloth before moving onto another section at whatever level suits its needs best–flooring next door? Stairs above ground level? Downstairs staircase leading up where there’s nowhere else left except outside where only rain comes through anyway

Step 5) Polish The Steps

You should polish your wooden steps to a clean and shiny look. Ensure you’re using a good quality wood polish. If you don’t have any, you can buy them at any hardware store or online.

Apply the polish using a soft cloth. You don’t want to use anything too abrasive when polishing wood because it will damage your staircase if not done carefully enough and may leave scratches behind.

 The best way is by lightly rubbing the cloth over each step with small circular motions until they’re shiny and clean looking again and protecting them from further damage during use in the future. You should clean off excess polish immediately, so no streaks remain behind on surfaces.


Woden staircases are one of the most important additions to your home. It’s therefore worth investing a little time to keep them looking beautiful and clean. While you may hire professional cleaners to do the job, you can still do it yourself. The steps discussed in this article will help get any dirty wooden staircase a polished look. 

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