1. The Basics
When you buy a stairlift, it’s important to read through the owner’s manual to learn the basic operating rules for the chair. For example, if you hope to keep the chair in good working order, each device has a maximum carrying capacity that should not be exceeded. In addition, outdoor stairlifts have different requirements for maintenance and cleaning than indoor products. Consult your manual or contact the manufacturer if you have any questions regarding basic maintenance of the unit and fully understand the requirements and ensure that what needs to be done is done to ensure the longevity of the product.
2. Regular Cleaning
Keeping your stairlift clean is an effective and simple way to preserve its useful life. Take a damp cloth or duster and wipe down the seat and rails at least once a week to keep dirt and dust from accumulating and allowing the chair to slide and descend smoothly down the stairs. Avoid using detergents and solvents as they can be abrasive and may corrode paint or other materials on the product. Instead, opt for a slightly damp soapy cloth for best results.
3. Lubricate the Threads on the Rails
Over time, your chair stairlift may start to make more noise when running on the rail, making it difficult to walk, so lubricating the treads occasionally can help prevent this motion degradation. Apply a small amount of grease or a lubricant such as petroleum jelly to the threads of the rail and the moving parts in the chair to keep them well lubricated. It is important to do this after cleaning the stairlift and rail, making sure to remove any visible dirt and debris beforehand.
4. Maintenance
For best results, always keep your stairlift fully charged and avoid unplugging the chair or turning off the power to the charger. Don’t be afraid to leave it plugged in to avoid draining the batteries; The amount of energy required by the stairlift is relatively low. It certainly will not consume a lot of electricity. Schedule one or two annual maintenance and inspections to make sure everything is running smoothly. If there is any sudden problem or if you get warning signs of a malfunction in the seat, call an authorized service immediately.
Maintaining your stairlift is the easiest way to maintain its functionality and longevity. Although you are physically able to do this yourself, or you need to ask a family member or friend to help you, you still need to read the manual and keep the chair and rail clean. If you receive a warning that the device may be malfunctioning, it is important to seek professional help.