Stairlift Safety Care Guide

It’s crucial that you are aware of how to clean your stairlift. Not only to ensure you are getting the most out of but also in terms of safety as well! With this in mind, in this blog we offer some handy guidance and tips on how to take care of your stairlift properly. Whether you can carry these out yourself or with the support of a family member, this guide of care and cleaning tips will show you how.

Cleaning your stairlift

A stairlift has to be cleaned much like any other part of your property. Whilst it is advised that maintenance professionals should deal with the stairlift track, you can wipe and dust the seat itself and if the track or seat is dusty, ensure you give it a good hoover.

Lubricating the track

Older people and individuals who are experiencing joint pain, may want to leave this job to a maintenance expert or relative. First things first, always ensure to turn off the stairlift before carrying out this task for safety reasons. The track needs to be lubricated every few months, beginning with a deep clean with a damp cloth before applying a small amount of lubricant for stairlifts.

The cleaning is crucial. Dust and black carbon residue might build up on the track if this is not carried out properly. A small amount of lubricant should be applied, as too much can cause the rollers to slide rather than roll. Ensure that lubricant is not applied to the chain.

Don’t use solvents

It is crucially important that you don’t use solvents, bleaches or abrasive cleaners that are designed for cleaning a walk-in bath or shower. The reason being, these may corrode or short circuit the important and delicate components within the stairlift.

The chair and carriage may become damaged or the roller on the stairlift track will lose friction if cleaning solvents are used. If the roller loses friction it may skid, which the stairlift will respond to by stopping or possibly shutting down.

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