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lurkingfromhome Thu 20-Feb-14 17:38:33

Apologies for dullest question ever. Have recently moved into a house and find myself with a stair carpet for the first time ever (have either lived in flats or house with wooden staircase so this is all new to me).

How the jeff is one meant to vacuum a stair carpet? Using the brush attachment thingy on the hoover barely works as it just about lifts surface crumbs but nothing else (I must point out that we have a cat so the hoover has to be able to deal with cat hair, which it seems to do on every other carpet in the house).

Tried using the hoover just as a hoover but that was silly as I had to wield it clumsily over each stair and it still didn't work. Also tried using a dustpan and stiff-bristled brush but it took literally an hour, I felt like a Victorian housemaid and I still wasn't convinced the carpet was very clean.

Or is my hoover just rubbish and not picking up well enough to deal with stair carpets? This is making me really cross and turning into a bit of a housework ordeal...

RenterNomad Thu 20-Feb-14 18:30:34

I think it's "meant" to be an ordeal (isn't life grand?). I hate stair-hoovering.

Presumably you have a powerful hoover, given your cats, so maybe the problem is in the hose: have you checked that there's no obstruction?

notnowImreading Thu 20-Feb-14 18:34:32

Until I bought a little hand held Hoover, I used to use a lint roller. That works well, although doesn't work out cheaply. A cheaper option that I used when a student is to rub an empty hot water bottle over each step (the ridgy plastic picks up a lot of crap through combination of friction and static). I like the mini-Dyson better but the end result is about the same.

Mrswellyboot Thu 20-Feb-14 18:40:07

I have a lakeland chilli hoover but to be honest, the best think is a hard wooden brush and dustpan. It takes all the hairs etc out (also use a lint brush sometimes)

I love the pink can of carpet mousse too

You can get a brush with rubbery bristles that works like notnow 's hot water bottle, I need it to pick up my own hair blush

Think it was from betterware or lakeland.

Lakeland apparently

RockySpeed Thu 20-Feb-14 18:53:56

A rubber soled shoe is your best friend! Rub it vigorously on each step (in a sweeping up type of way) and the hair comes right off in balls - perfect for defuzzing the sofa!! Unfortunately you do still have to Hoover the other bits but it gets the hair up a treat!

scarlettsmummy2 Thu 20-Feb-14 19:06:49

Just buy a new basic non upright Hoover? I have a tesco on brand one, with bags, and it does the job really well. It was £30.

Logg1e Thu 20-Feb-14 19:39:41

I use the little upholstery attachment for the steps and treads (nearly every day), and the tube attachment for the edges when I can be bothered.

lurkingfromhome Fri 21-Feb-14 07:35:45

So many ideas! Very glad to hear it isn't just me and that this is supposed to be an ordeal. Off now to go and buy a non-upright hoover, a rubbery bristle brush and whatever else I can get my hands on. Isn't life just a rollercoaster of fun sometimes? Thanks all! thanks

Bonsoir Fri 21-Feb-14 07:37:47

Buy a Dyson handheld! Great for stairs.

comicsansisevil Fri 21-Feb-14 07:40:41

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BobPatSamandIgglePiggle Fri 21-Feb-14 07:52:14

I HATE hoovering the stairs and it doesnt get done very often blush seems there's no easy answer [weep]

LucyLasticBand Fri 21-Feb-14 08:06:13

i use a normal brush and dustpan, works a treat

LucyLasticBand Fri 21-Feb-14 08:06:40

actually it is a hard brush, not soft

wonkylegs Fri 21-Feb-14 08:09:46

My miele's great on the stairs. I still hate doing it but it actually cleans them rather than the old Dyson which was impossible and left them still dirty.

JazzAnnNonMouse Fri 21-Feb-14 08:15:52

If it's hair that's the problem a shower squeedgie will scrape hair all together really well smile

notso Fri 21-Feb-14 08:17:01

Do upright hoovers not have nozzles?

I couldn't do without a nozzle!

MyNameIsKenAdams Fri 21-Feb-14 08:17:33

Get a trainer (the shoe not the person) and vigorously rub it across the carpet towards the front of the step. It pulls all the fluff and hair into a ball which you can then use the nozzle on the hoover tube to suck up.

Dyson hand held, really quick and easy. Great for the car as well.

Sillysarah49 Fri 21-Feb-14 20:33:24

Does your hoover not have a little foot attachment? All the ones I have had and use do - it really isn't difficult.

HandMini Fri 21-Feb-14 20:35:40

Just suffer through it with gritted teeth and my old heavy Dyson. I love the paaaaaaaaain. Fucking hell, hoovering generally annoys me. It's so loud. Must get a cleaner.

HazeltheMcWitch Sat 22-Feb-14 00:11:53

My lovely Dyson that I am trialling for MN has sorted this right out. grin
But before that, my version of the hot water bottle / squeegee (sp?) was a slightly damp rubber glove - also great for upholstery, curtains etc.

thenightsky Sat 22-Feb-14 17:00:48

My Dyson does it fine. It fits sideways on the step below the one I'm doing, resting against my shins. I use the tube attachment. Takes me about 5 mins to do the whole staircase.

specialsubject Sat 22-Feb-14 17:32:27

one obvious thing but I took a chance on this and it hurts if you get it wrong - make sure the cleaner is BELOW you.

dangerous things, stairs...

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