Maintaining your home or step lift is always extremely important and it is crucial that lifts are given all the care they need. However, the current climate has placed added emphasis on the importance of proper hygiene care. In these challenging times, where people are spending more time at home, we need to ensure that everyone can move freely in their homes without risk; injury, health or otherwise. A huge part of staying safe is properly cleaning and maintaining the equipment you use regularly.
Make Sure the Lift is Switched Off
For both home and step lifts, the first thing to remember is to always turn off the lift before cleaning. In a home lift, this means it won’t be moving around and can keep the lift door open. This will provide you with more space to work in. With a step lift, this is important for safety reasons. You shouldn’t actually unplug your step lift however. This can damage the battery pack so it’s best to avoid doing so where possible.
For a home lift, the main things you need are a cloth and some disinfectant. When cleaning, we recommend working from top to bottom to avoid having to reclean any surfaces. Give the ceiling a wipe down with a damp cloth. For cleaning the higher parts of your lift, it is safer and often easier to use a small stepladder. Make sure to get someone to assist you with this, especially if you have any kind of mobility impairment.
Cleaning the Keypad, Control Panel and Other Surfaces
For the keypad, it’s important to spray the disinfectant directly onto the cloth and then gently wipe the buttons before going over the panel. If you spray the disinfectant directly onto the panel, you could damage the circuits. This could lead to issues down the line. It’s also a good idea to wipe in circles on the walls and doors to prevent leaving marks.
Any controls, railings and handles should be cleaned with cloth and disinfectant at least once per week. These are prime spots for pathogens and bacteria to collect. Other surfaces such as walls and doors, should be done at least once per month. If you have a carpet, it should be vacuumed regularly and deep cleaned annually to avoid build up of dirt. This is something that our maintenance teams try to do whenever carrying out routine lift maintenance. Other types of flooring should be regularly brushed and mopped.
Cleaning and Maintaining Your Step Lift
Step lifts are a bit more tricky to clean. Where possible, we recommend getting a professional. However, there is a lot that you can do yourself to ensure proper hygiene. The seat needs to be dusted with a cloth at least once per week. It can be wiped with a slightly damp cloth to make sure all the dust and dirt has been taken off. This can be done very easily but it is still important that the lift is at the bottom of the stairs so that anyone cleaning it is kept safe.
The track needs to be lubricated every few months. It’s best to get someone with experience to help you, or one of our trained professionals. It’s crucial to avoid using cleaning solvents, as they can corrode and short circuit the lift. Instead, you should only be using water or possibly some degreaser.
The track needs to be thoroughly cleaned with a degreaser or a damp cloth to remove any dust or dirt present. Generally, only one or two swipes are needed, otherwise it could leave a mark, Make sure you prioritise getting the track free of anything that could affect its functionality. Once the track has been cleared, the lubricant can be applied. Be careful to use as little as possible; you should just see a slight sheen on the track. If too much is used, it could cause the rollers to slide instead of roll which can be hazardous. The chain should also never be touched by any oil.
Protecting Your Outdoor Step Lift
The best way to protect outdoor step lifts is by using a cover. This means that the chair will have a longer life span, be protected from the elements, be more pleasant to use and will be a lot easier to clean. For this, you need to scrub it down with a damp, soapy sponge and then go over again with a clean, damp cloth. Make sure the seat is dry before using it again.
Whether it’s an indoor or outdoor step lift, to avoid injury you need to dry off any surfaces before using. Keep the track clear of any clutter or debris and make sure any hazards such as a wet spot on the floor are taken care of.
Keeping Your Lift Safe and Germ Free
To get the very most out of your lift, it is crucially important to maintain a proper maintenance schedule. As a lift owner, you can keep your lift germ free by regularly wiping down railings, buttons and other surfaces. We hope this article will help you in this regard. For all other maintenance enquiries, please visit us at https://www.premierliftgroup.co.uk/contact/