Why don't a lot of guys clean the vertical side of stairs?

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I see many carpet cleaner show their youtube videos,but they only clean the stairs tread.Is it a custom?every time I always clean the vertical side of stairs left the triangle pattern on it.But the cleaning action hurts my waist ,need I charge more that? Guys what's your opinion?
 
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I’ve always cleaned the complete stair, tread and vertical. I do use the hand held stair tool that looks like an oversized upholstery wand so I can turn the wand sideways and clean the vertical portion in 2 long swipes (one swipe from each side) so I don’t leave triangles on the vertical portion.

This is the wand I use. https://shop.truckmountforums.com/products/tmf-stubby-stair-tool
 
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I clean all of it, the step, verticle, the bullnose. I clean the verticle with the hose, I first spray it with the wand then take the hose and just suck the water. I charge the same price as a section (150sqft a room).
 

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I know I'll get flak for this but I use the sapphire upholstery tool to clean stairs , I enjoy the flexibility it gives and have honestly seen better results from my own biased perspective vs a stubby tool
 
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Plenty of guys use their upholstery tool to clean stairs, don't let anyone fool you, lol. It's helpful to keep the pressure down so you don't wreck the valve, but it happens way more often than not, and it gets the job done.

Some guys don't clean the riser because no one steps on it and it doesn't get "dirty" like the tread of the stair. Others feel that the job isn't complete unless they clean tread, riser, and bullnose. Different strokes for different customers.
 

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I do to allow techs to clean stairs with our expensive plastic furniture tools. We use the 4.5 " detailer tool or the 6" hand stair tool. If you use a plastic tool the tack strip will tear up the head and then it must not be used on furniture. We clean a lot of very high end furniture and can't take that chance.
 
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Kind of crazy it’s like cleaning a chair and not doing the back
 

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We have two prices. One for the step and one for the step and riser.
 

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That's a good point about it tearing up the tool. Granted St Louis people don't seem interested in a lot of furniture cleaning or maybe I just haven't entered that part of the market for high end furniture yet
 

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Should have said " I do not allow"
 

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If you use your sapphire tool for carpet just be sure to clean it out every couple weeks.

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Yeah I clean it out daily, builds up quick
 

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If you use your sapphire tool for carpet just be sure to clean it out every couple weeks.

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Good one @Todd the Cleaner. :) I've been using the same stair tool for years now and I always clean the riser. I still charge 1 dollar per linear foot for stairs unless they're super bad. No way I'm using my upholstery tool on it, but that's just my preference. So whatever tool you use as long as it gets the job done right and makes thrilled customers is what really matters.
 

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Mostly those who VLM because they use a Makita or Stepson which are to large to hit the verticals. Smaller "Polishers" are available which I have in addition to a swivel PMF stair tool .
Also use the Drimaster 3 or our CFR upholstery tool but as mentioned they clog up quickly especially with pets present.
 

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dont understand how they can just clean the stair tread. Cant get the bullnose completely if you dont clean the riser.

Anyway, the swivel stair tool is the bomb. Just make sure to overlap the bullnose when doing the riser and tread, then vac the bullnose with the vac hose for an awesome job.

Oh, and agitation is critical prior to rinsing.
 

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I know I'll get flak for this but I use the sapphire upholstery tool to clean stairs , I enjoy the flexibility it gives and have honestly seen better results from my own biased perspective vs a stubby tool
we use sapphire on stairs in older tight seattle homes all the time, especially stair cases that turn and have tight corners.

straight staircases wide open we use 10inch tool cause life is short lol
 
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