How to keep your stairlift in top condition

By Bethany Ward on 17th January 2023

Stairlifts are a valuable asset for those who have difficulty climbing stairs, but regular maintenance is vital to keeping them in top condition. Below are five easy tips for keeping your stairlift in top condition.

1. Regular Cleaning

It is essential to keep your stairlift clean to ensure smooth operation and prevent dirt and debris from causing damage. Wipe down the seat, footrest, and handrails with a damp cloth regularly to help keep the stairlift looking clean and prevent dirt and debris from causing damage to the moving parts.

The handrails on your stairlift can collect dirt and grime over time, so regularly wipe them down with a damp cloth to help prevent the buildup of dirt and grime, making the handrails slippery and dangerous to grip. The track of your stairlift can also collect dirt and debris, so vacuuming it regularly helps keep the track clean and free of debris, which can cause the stairlift to run more smoothly and reduce wear and tear.

2. Battery Maintenance

Make sure to keep the battery charged and not let it run low on power to prolong its life and ensure that the stairlift is always ready to use. Regularly test the battery to ensure that it is in good working condition. This can be done by using the stairlift for a short period and checking the battery level.

The battery terminals can collect dirt and grime over time, so clean them regularly, ensuring a proper connection and prolonging the battery’s life.

If the battery is not holding a charge or is showing signs of wear and tear, it may be time to replace it. It’s best to consult with a professional for this task, as they will have the necessary tools and knowledge to replace the battery safely.

3.Lubrication

Lubricate the track and all moving parts of the stairlift regularly to keep it running smoothly and reduce wear and tear. It is essential to use a lubricant specifically designed for stairlifts. These lubricants are made to withstand the wear and tear of the moving parts of the stairlift and will not damage the internal components of the stairlift.

The track of the stairlift should be lubricated regularly to keep it running smoothly and to reduce wear and tear. Apply the lubricant according to the manufacturer’s instructions. All moving parts of the stairlift, such as gears, pulleys, and rollers, should be lubricated regularly to keep them running smoothly and to reduce wear and tear.

Before lubricating any part of the stairlift, make sure it is clean. Lubricant will not properly adhere to a dirty surface and can trap dirt and debris, causing more harm than good.

4. Safety Checks

Regularly check for loose bolts or screws on your stairlift and tighten them as needed. This will help ensure that the stairlift is stable and secure.

Make sure the seatbelt on your stairlift is working correctly and securely fastened before each use. The safety sensors on your stairlift are designed to detect obstacles and stop the stairlift if necessary. Make sure they are clean and functioning correctly.

5. Professional Maintenance

Have a professional inspect and service your stairlift at least once a year to ensure it is in good working condition and to catch any potential problems before they become serious.

By following these tips, you can help ensure that your stairlift stays in top condition and continues to provide you with safe and reliable use for years to come. Read more about maximising the life span of your stairlift.