Investing in a good quality stairlift is absolutely essential order to regain your independence in your own home, or simply to retain your independence if you are facing a decrease in your mobility due to age, illness or an accident. These items enable every user to use their home fully and in a safe and comfortable manner.
Both new and used stairlifts can be a costly investment, which is why it is essential to make an effort to keep them in excellent condition. There are thankfully many things that you can do to ensure that your equipment lasts for as long as possible and that you can get many long years of use out of it.
First of all, it is worth bearing in mind that the best chance of your stairlift working for a long time without any problems involves investing in a good quality device in the first place. If you have not bought your stairlift yet – and whether you are planning on buying new or used stairlifts – take your time to find out what makes a good stairlift and then choose your equipment carefully.
Buying a great device in the first instance will set you up well, but maintenance is also a key factor in keeping this essential mobility equipment in full working order for a long period of time. For this reason, there are many top stairlift companies that offer maintenance contracts for extended periods of time so that customers can obtain servicing and help when they need it.
This type of maintenance contract will often include regular servicing as well as emergency call out services in the case of a major malfunction or breakdown. These services combined will not only help clients out in an emergency but will also ensure that all new and used stairlifts remain in top condition for as long as possible.
There are also several things that the owners of stairlifts can do on a regular basis to ensure that their equipment works well over a long period of time. One of these involves the regular cleaning of the equipment, particularly the stairlift track which can become clogged with dust and dirt.
It is sufficient to simply wipe down the equipment with a soft cloth on a regular basis to remove any dust or grime that can stop the equipment working as well as it should. In some cases, an anti-dust product can be used to stop dirt sticking to the equipment, although you should check first with the manufacturer to see if your product is safe to use on the device.
On top of this, is strongly recommended to make sure that the track is lubricated so that the lift moves up and down the stairs efficiently and safely. Over time, lubrication can dry out, and this can cause the lift to become stiff and its movements not so smooth. Your manufacturer will be able to recommend a safe product to use and advise you on how much to apply.
Generally, you should clean about once per week and apply lubrication after cleaning. If you are wiping dust and dirt off the stairlift track, you will also be removing some of the lubrication, so make sure that this is reapplied every time.
If you need help in doing this, ask a friend, family member or a care worker to help carry out this task for you, as when done on a regular basis it should no take too much time as there will not be too much dust and dirt to remove. By following these tips above, no doubt you will enjoy the use of your lift for many years to come without a hitch.