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Cleaning Your Glass Staircase

Glass staircases perfectly balance both modernity and luxury. Each stair part will need cleaning regularly. StairFurb has you covered with a stair cleaning kit and this guide. 

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STAIRCASE CLEANING GUIDE

Summary

To get the best results, all you will need is spray glass cleaner and a microfibre cloth.

Our kits contain a premium microfibre cloth and glass cleaning fluid, that leaves a long-lasting shine – though any store bought items will be fine.

In a pinch, you can use warm water and a mild detergent to clean any marks. Paper towels or any lint-free towel are fine to dry the glass after cleaning.

Avoid cleaning glass in direct sunlight, or you may see streaks appear on the glass.

STAIRCASE CLEANING GUIDE

Cleaning Glass Panels

Cleaning glass isn’t too tricky. Though, over- or under-doing the cleaning can make your glass panels look dirtier than before. So, how do you clean glass staircases and ensure no residues or marks?

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REMOVE ANY DUST OR DEBRIS FIRST

This is where a microfiber cloth comes in very handy.

If you use any towel that contains lint, you will likely add more debris than you remove.

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PROTECT OR BE MINDFUL OF NON-GLASS PARTS

If you have wooden or steel handrails, be careful not to get them too wet. If you do, make sure they are dried.

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CLEAN GLASS

Apply your glass cleaner of choice and wipe every inch of the glass using the microfibre cloth or paper towels. 

DRY GLASS

Using a dry microfibre cloth, paper towel or other lint-free cloth, dry every inch of the glass.

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BUFF GLASS

To avoid streaking, allow the glass to dry slowly whilst buffing any streak that appears.

Buff out any streak by using a dry microfibre cloth.

Try avoid the glass drying in direct sunlight as this will heat up the glass and cause the streak to set in quickly.

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Cleaning Wooden Handrails and Bannisters

Wooden handrails are even easier to clean. They also happen to be one of the most neglected areas.

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REMOVE ANY DUST, DIRT OR GRIME FIRST

Gently wipe down the handrails with a damp microfibre cloth to remove any debris.

If you have any sticky spots, use a small amount of dish soap and some warm water. Apply a small amount of pressure, enough to lift the sticky spot without potentially harming the wood.

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CHOOSING YOUR WOOD CLEANER

If you’re doing a general clean, you can go one of two routes. For the natural route, lukewarm water mixed with vinegar at a 4:1 ratio does wonders. Vinegar does not cause any harm to the wood. At the same time, it goes deeper to ensure a greater degree of cleanliness. 

For the artificial route commercial wood cleaning or pine-sol products are available, though vinegar works best. 

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CLEANING YOUR WOOD

Use a microfibre cloth and ensure that you maintain a back-and-forth motion while cleaning. This would keep in check even the neglected areas of the handrails. While you are at it, inspect the newel posts too.

If you have any stubborn stains, a small amount of mineral spirit may be required. If so, our handrails should be able to take it. Though it’s advised to test a small part of your handrail first before full application to check for no unexpected effects to the finish.

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TREATING YOUR WOOD

StairFurb Oak timber parts can come prepared and finished using a special clear Acrylic coating, you should only need to wipe these down occasionally, but we can offer touch up pots if you need some, just get in touch.

STAIRCASE MEASURING GUIDE

Cleaning Stainless Steel Handrails and Bannisters

Our stainless steel lives up to it’s name and is by far the easiest component to clean. Largely it’s fingerprints that may be noticeable, if you do need to clean them, there are some basic rules to follow to avoid corroding the steel.

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On the rare occasion your stainless steel picks up a grubby mark or or is showing signs of future corrosion, simply wipe down with warm water and a cloth.

Keep items or cleaners with “chlorine-containing products” away from stainless steel to avoid corrosion. 

Stainless steel is designed to avoid attracting dust, so there should be no need to wipe beforehand.

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Dry your handrails and bannisters to avoid any slips or trips.

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