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Stair tool?
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Looking for the best stair and upholstery tool that looks as professional as it works if that makes sense. My harbor freight buffer does good, but just kooks and sounds too, well, much like a buffer. Any ideas?

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I presume you're talking about encapping??

Some stock photos here as I couldn't be bothered going out in the pouring rain to take pics of mine.
We're expecting a possible cyclone over the next few days.

I use a Makita Variable Speed Polisher for encapping upholstery.


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I use a "Hoss Micro" Cyclo for stairs. I use it with the short handle in the horizontal position.

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I also use a standard Cyclo for SOME leather cleaning.

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For extraction Cleaning:

Upholstery, I use 3 ( & more ) different upholstery tools.

Sapphire Scientific, MyteeDry & HydroKinetic are my favourites.

I also have a few other "specialist" tools.




I DO NOT USE UPHOLSTERY TOOLS ON STAIRS.

For extraction of stairs, I use a 40" straight, 2 jet wand, 1.5" tube.

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Hope this is of some help.

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Sorry, yes encapping!

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Oreck Orbiter is the most "pro" looking VLM tool for stairs to me. it's heavy-duty to...it has the weight to do VLM justice on stairs imo. just my 2¢
Currently retired from HWE; VLM only. Commercial Only...well except for the occasional resi job every few weeks.

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The tools I use or have on the van ... in order from most used, to least used:  Dyson ; 19" Cimex ; Multi-Sprayer ; Orbot ; Oreck-Orbiter ; Hoover-Conquest ; Cyclo Polisher ; DryPod ; 20" Whittaker Trio.
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Derek, I also have an Oreck Orbiter, but have never used it on stairs.

Can you also clean the risers & bull-nose with it safely??

Being a bit suss of working on damp, carpeted stairs, I always look for the easy & safe way of doing them.

I like to stand facing the stair, a couple steps below the one I'm cleaning with my tool in front of me.

This way, I'm leaning into the stairs.

I imagine that with the Oreck I would be standing above the stair being cleaned, and leaning over a bit to use the Oreck??

Maybe, just maybe, being down under, I have an up-side down imagination. Huh Big Grin

Good topic...... padding 

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Oreck with green brush.  Cleaned thousands of stairs and would never use something that you have to bend over to use.
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(03-17-2016, 05:49 AM)greenjoe Wrote: Oreck with green brush.  Cleaned thousands of stairs and would never use something that you have to bend over to use.

Never heard of the "Green Brush".

All I have ever seen is the Black Brush.

Plus I also use bonnets & Pads.

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I have tried everything except a Stepson. I always come back to an Oreck Orbiter....

I see a Stepson in my future though. It'd be nice to have a better driver and be closer to the stair with control.
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(03-17-2016, 12:38 AM)Lounge Lizards Wrote: Derek, I also have an Oreck Orbiter, but have never used it on stairs.

Can you also clean the risers & bull-nose with it safely??

Being a bit suss of working on damp, carpeted stairs, I always look for the easy & safe way of doing them.

I like to stand facing the stair, a couple steps below the one I'm cleaning with my tool in front of me.

This way, I'm leaning into the stairs.

I imagine that with the Oreck I would be standing above the stair being cleaned, and leaning over a bit to use the Oreck??

Maybe, just maybe, being down under, I have an up-side down imagination. Huh Big Grin

Good topic...... padding 

Angel hatsoff

I use the Orecks on stairs. You can clean the riser and nose but it just takes some practice.  It's not a smooth process at first but after you get the hang of it it's easy.
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(03-17-2016, 07:19 AM)Lounge Lizards Wrote:
(03-17-2016, 05:49 AM)greenjoe Wrote: Oreck with green brush.  Cleaned thousands of stairs and would never use something that you have to bend over to use.

Never heard of the "Green Brush".

All I have ever seen is the Black Brush.

Plus I also use bonnets & Pads.

Angel hatsoff
Fyi Just found the green brush on amazon. Ordered it!

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It is easy on your back to stand up and use oreck on stairs but some carpets need more pressure with a glad pad to make to black wear patterns look better.
White or light carpets may not come out as good until you have a machine that you can put pressure on the carpet with.

Results are more important than what the machine looks like. I have not had any customer ask me about the machines or the type of wand i have used on stairs that i have been cleaning since 1998. They just want know if the black looking fiber on the edge of carpet will look any better or the wear path down the center of their white carpet on the stairs.

Smart to have the oreck and if the brushes work than your all set-------- but if carpets are not coming clean then get a stepson from trs because it can handle more pressure when you need to dig with a pad.

Bending over is not fun but with some carpet you can use a 21 inch gray micro fiber pad and put a lot of pressure on carpet without damage or tip bloom. The oreck can not run those gray microfiber pads that you already are using on the rest of the house. I can do stairs much faster with stepson than my oreck.

The oreck does not get into the risers on some stairs if they have a lip like in this video.






I have 2 stepsons and just used them with my son to clean 200 chairs in less than 2 hours--- using the large gray pads and ten glad pads. Being able to push hard on fiber without damage and changing pads a lot allows you to go fast and load up the pads with dirt----you can not extract with brushes so you have to go back over the fibers again with another machine or a vac system.
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Joel, when using your Stepson do you always finish off the end result with a glad?

I have a few high rise accounts with stairs and am tired of lugging up the porty.

Stepson is my next pick.

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Yes they seem to get the black out faster on white carpet


You could just use glads but i like the plastic blue strips in the gray pads they are like a brush you can push hard on fiber and open up carpet with out
fuzzing carpet. Then i use the glads and do not push as hard on fiber as it gets more dry. The oscillation is better on fiber than the oreck with glads but still not as safe as the large motor on floor machines. Do not know if the stair tool with full size motor is in production but it was lots of green backs.
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I used a stepson for years. Works great, but my back now says no. I now use the shark sonic scrubber. Very light and easy to maneuver and even has headlights. Here is a link:

http://www.amazon.com/Shark-Sonic-Carpet...hark+sonic
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(03-25-2016, 09:10 PM)joel hoppe Wrote: Yes they seem to get the black out faster on white carpet


You could just use glads but i like the plastic blue strips in the gray pads they are like a brush you can push hard on fiber and open up carpet with out
fuzzing carpet. Then i use the glads and do not push as hard on fiber as it gets more dry. The oscillation is better on fiber than the oreck with glads but still not as safe as the large motor on floor machines. Do not know if the stair tool with full size motor is in production but it was lots of green backs.

The Stepdad is great Joel. It's heavy but makes short work of stairs.
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