Stair lifts are extremely useful for the elderly and individuals with mobility issues living in homes with staircases. This accessibility device is a good option for residences that have space constraints and cannot accommodate an elevator.
Stair chair lifts come equipped with several features to ensure a smooth, safe ride over the stairs. If maintained properly, the device can be a worthwhile investment that lasts a lifetime. Although it may seem like a hassle, regular maintenance and servicing can dramatically increase the lifespan of the device.
While purchasing a stair chair lift, it is important to read the instruction manual thoroughly as this will help you become familiar with the basic rules and guidelines. For example, each lift has a maximum load capacity and that should not be exceeded.
Regular cleaning of the device will help increase its lifespan. For indoor stair lifts, cleaning should be done at least once a week to prevent dust or dirt from building up. A feather duster or damp cloth can be used on the seat and track to pick up dust. Avoid the use of solvents and detergents as these can be abrasive. As outdoor models are exposed to the weather, they need to be cleaned on a more regular basis. Most outdoor lifts come with a cover to protect the seat. Here some useful tips to help you care for your stair lift:
- Do not unplug the lift – Never unplug the stair lift when it is not in use. As the machine uses up very little energy, unplugging it can potentially damage the battery pack.
- Keep the stair lift track clear – Prior to using the stair chair lift, it is important to check whether the lift track is clear. Even though, most devices are equipped with safety sensors which immediately stop the lift’s operation if it encounters any obstruction, things like coins can get stuck on the path. So take care to keep the track free from any clutter or debris.
- Do not exceed the prescribed maximum weight – Always make sure that the stair chair lift does not carry more than its standard maximum weight capacity.
- Lubricate the stair lift track – Make sure that the track is cleaned and oiled as this will ensure a smooth and safe ride. Before starting the cleaning process, disable the track and wipe it with a damp cloth. Apply a small amount of a lubricant such as Vaseline to the track and any moving parts on the chair. The swivel chair seat would also need to be cleaned and lubricated at regular intervals.
- Cover the outdoor stair chair lift – Always cover the seats of your outdoor stair lift to protect it from bad weather. When compared to indoor devices, outdoor models require more cleaning and maintenance.
- Recharge the stairlift – Always keep your stairlift fully charged. When you have stepped out of the lift, ensure that it is at the end of the track, either at the top or bottom, so that it is kept charged and ready to use.
Refer to your manual or consult the company from which you bought the accessibility device if you have any specific questions relating to the basic care of the unit. Take care to read and adhere to the instructions. Established dealers in accessibility equipment provide maintenance services by technically qualified personnel and availing of such support is the best way to ensure the longevity of your stair chair lift.