How to Vacuum Carpeted Stairs

If you live in a two story house, you’ll already know how often stairs are utilized. Stairs are one of the busiest parts of your house, meaning it’s also one of the dirtiest… Especially if you have kids and/or pets that travel up and down them! Non-carpeted stairs won’t need as much attention, but when your stairs are carpeted, that’s another story. This list will give you helpful tips on how to best clean your carpeted stairs. Doing it regularly will help extend the life of your carpeting, keeping your floors looking new and clean for much longer!

#1 Before you get started

Before getting started vacuuming your stairs, I recommend picking up everything that may block the stairs, for an easier clean. In addition to that, pick up any large pieces of debris or dirt that may clog your vacuum. You can use a stiff broom or scrub brush to loosen any dirt that may have gotten stuck in the carpet. Remove any dust and/or dirt along the railings and stair spindles with a soft cloth before vacuuming.

#2 Using the right equipment

Now is a good time to figure out what attachments work best for you. Using a cordless handheld vacuum is much easier and will allow you to effortlessly maneuver up and down the stairs without having to worry about a cord. Before getting started on the steps of the stairs, I recommend cleaning the edges and corners first. The dirt will naturally build up in the corners where it’s harder to clean. Using a narrow attachment or a small handheld vacuum for this part will make cleaning the corners much easier for you. When you’re ready to start vacuuming the actual carpeted steps, find a wider attachment or a beater brush.

Some bagless upright vacuums come with a hose and a detachable canister as well, which makes it easier to walk up the stairs while vacuuming them.

#3 Work your way up

As you clean all corners and edges, work your way up the stairs. When you get to the top, work your way back down, cleaning all the same spots again. Repeat the same process when you’re ready to vacuum the steps, working your way up and down again for a deeper clean. I recommend going over the carpets fairly slowly to catch more dirt and dust.