Stairlifts have become an increasingly popular home addition for homes across America. They help seniors get up and down stairs without incident. Since it’s an important mobility tool, you’ll want to know how you can keep it in tip-top condition. Follow these tips for properly maintaining your stairlift.
Keep the Track Clean
Regularly check the stairlift track to ensure that there is no debris, and if there is debris, remove it immediately. Cleaning a stairlift track is a fairly simple process. All you have to do is use a duster or damp cloth to wipe down the track; do not use a wet cloth. Clean the track at least once a week.
Vacuum Around the Stairlift
Regularly vacuum around the stairs, rails, and behind the stairlift. This will prevent dust from collecting on important mechanical components. For households that have pets, vacuuming around the stairlift is even more important. For optimal results, vacuum around the stairlift once a week.
Never Unplug the Stairlift
Even if you’re cleaning the stairlift, never unplug it. Unplugging a stairlift can negatively impact the battery and ultimately lead to battery damage. Always be sure to keep the stairlift plugged in no matter what.
Lubricate the Track
Since your stairlift uses metal, it will need to be properly lubricated to do its job. Keeping the track well-oiled will ensure that the stairlift will operate smoothly. It is generally recommended that you oil the stairlift’s tracks once every three months. Be sure to use the recommended type of lubricant from the manufacturer.
Use it Frequently
Even if you don’t need to use the stairlift, always be sure to operate it frequently. Stairlifts that aren’t used often can become static and lead to various problems. Be sure to run the stairlift up and down the stairs a few times per week to keep it operating properly. When you’re done running it up and down the stairs a few times, be sure to always leave the chair parked at either the top or bottom of the stairs to avoid unnecessary stress on the unit.
Have it Inspected
The last thing you can do to keep your stairlift in tip-top condition is to have it inspected by a stairlift professional annually. Having it inspected will ensure that everything is working as it should be and that there are no potential problems. Inspections are even more important for stairlifts that have been operating for many years.
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