Detail Cleaning For Some Less Common Types of Stair Tread Covers

You can find stair tread covers made from a variety of materials, ranging from slim organic jute to heavy shaggy polypropylene. Most are easily maintained by routine vacuuming and sweeping, but to ensure the longevity of your stair tread covers, detailed cleaning is recommended for all types.

If the stair tread covers are machine washable, wash them on delicate settings with cold water, and then air dry them outside. Keep in mind that machine washing might not get rid of all of the absorbed dirt, that is why we need detailed cleaning.

Basics: Since stair tread covers are designed for fast installation, it makes them easy to attach, remove, and replace. This quality makes detail cleaning them comparatively easy. A detailed cleaning two or three times a year is strongly recommended.

Just remember the following basic principles:
Completely remove the stair tread covers from the staircase, and then detail clean the detached covers.
Take the detached stair tread covers outdoors, hang them on a wire. Use a broom or rug beater to beat and loosen the deeply embedded dirt— this will help get rid of some bacteria, mites, and the odors. Remember that keeping the covers in the sun for too long might cause the colors to fade.
Use manufacturer recommended, material-specific cleaning products. Covers made from some materials can only be professionally detailed cleaned. Otherwise, you risk damaging the material.
Using a soft bristle push broom or cleaning brush to detail cleaning your stair tread covers. This will remove dirt, without inflicting damage to the fabric of the covers.
When done cleaning, always rinse the stair tread covers with cold water, and let them air dry outside.

Now the basics are out of the way, let’s go into some specifics. Keep in mind that cleaning stair tread covers is pretty much like cleaning area rugs, meaning you should always clean stair tread covers based on their material. A great variety of materials are used to make stair tread covers, so much so that we cannot cover them all here.
In a previous post, we went over the detailed cleaning process of three of the most common types of stair tread covers in the market. Today, let’s do the same for three of less common types of stair tread covers:

Seagrass stair tread covers

This natural material is expensive, but very desirable because it is exceptionally good at absorption of stains and spills. A regular vacuuming routine is more than enough to keep seagrass stair tread covers looking clean.
To spot clean, gently blot the spill area with a white microfiber cloth or paper towels. Use a mixture of warm water and liquid soap; dip a clean microfiber cloth into the mixture and gently dab the stained area. Do not rub the stain, doing that will only push the dirt deeper.
Do not machine wash these stair tread covers. At-home dry cleaning carpet cleaners products for these types of covers are available, but professional detailed cleaning is strongly recommended.

Nylon stair tread covers

Nylon is a comparatively less-expensive synthetic material; it is designed to withstand serious dirt accumulation, wear and tear. However nylon covers are not as durable as their polypropylene counterparts. Regular vacuum cleaning is the best option for these types of stair tread covers.
To spot clean, immediately blot the spill area with foam carpet cleaner. Use a white microfiber cloth to gently dab the stain area. Remember to dab, not rub in the stain.
Do not machine wash these stair tread covers. At-home dry cleaning carpet cleaners products for these types of covers are available, but professional detailed cleaning is strongly recommended.

Acrylic stair tread covers

This natural fiber is easy to wash and dry, but it is expensive. Acrylic stair tread covers require comparatively more vacuuming because the fibers are not very durable.
To spot clean, immediately blot the spill area with foam carpet cleaner. Use a white microfiber cloth to gently dab the stain area. Remember to dab, not rub in the stain.
Do not machine wash these stair tread covers. At-home dry cleaning carpet cleaners products for these types of covers are available, but professional detailed cleaning is strongly recommended.

Make sure to read the label on the stair tread covers, before attempting to clean it. If you notice stains on the stair tread covers, even after you are done cleaning, we strongly recommend calling a professional.