In the homes of numerous individuals, crucial mobility is aided by various technological advancements. One product that is once again renewing confidence in people with injuries or disabilities, and giving them back their independence, is the stair lift. Additionally, wheelchair lifts/elevators are assisting those who cannot transfer easily into a stair lift.
While today’s models are well-built and energy-efficient, it is crucial to keep your stair lift in tip-top condition. Particularly when they are motorized, equipment having moving parts should be well maintained. To keep your stairlift in perfect working order, that’s the secret!
Maintenance and Stair Lifts
If you have no previous maintenance or mechanical experience, you may feel at a loss as to how to maintain your stair lift. While there are some simple tips you can follow, for quick and easy self-checks, your stair lift provider should be offering maintenance and checkup services as well as emergency repair.
Let’s take a look at some stair lift self-check tips that can be done in the home by almost anyone. It is important to remember that any time you are servicing or inspecting a stair lift, two things should apply:
- The stair lift is powered off
- The chair is at the bottom of the stairs
From a maintenance point of view, cleaning is crucial. It’s also a hygiene concern. It’s important to rid the track and unit of regular dust. (See cleaning tips further on in this piece.)
Always Abide by the Manual
All too often, people ignore the use of an owner’s manual. This is a huge mistake. Abiding by the manual is essential in the proper operation and lifespan of your stair lift system. In fact, before you even use your stair lift, it’s a good idea to go through the manual cover to cover. It will introduce you to both things to do and things not to do.
Get Your System Serviced Regularly
With some secondhand or new/used stair lifts, various types of service plans may be offered. This depends largely on the brand and from whom you purchase your system. The purchase of service plans is encouraged. This way, at the very least, your system can receive an annual checkup.
It’s important to periodically lubricate your stair lift track. To ensure that no dust or carbon buildups exist, do so after the system has been cleaned. At a minimum, every 2 to 3 months, you should lubricate your stair lift. No lubricant should be applied to the chain. To the track, only apply a small amount of lubricant is needed.
Rather than making it extremely slippery, the whole idea of track lubrication is simply to ensure continuous roll. You may choose to ask for assistance with this, particularly if the joints in your hands are painful or you simply don’t like to fiddle with things.
Bleach and/or Solvents Should Not Be Used
Naturally, you wanted to keep your stair lift system clean to better ensure proper operation. However, home cleaning products containing bleach, and some solvents can harm your stair lift. To remove dirt, carbon, and dust buildups, rely on a damp cloth. This should suffice in most cases.
Freedom Stairlifts Helps You Keep Your System Operational
At Freedom Stairlifts, we provide not only some of the highest quality products and equipment on the market, we offer outstanding customer support. If at any time you (or any member of your family) have questions, feel free to ask. This way, we help our clients keep their systems running as well and as long as possible.
Contact us to find out more today!