How to Avoid using a Ladder for Spring Cleaning
Itâ€™s not the sort of topic you would expect us to discuss on a blog about ladders, but we
thought we would take a look at how you can avoid using them.Â The Working At Height Regulations (2005) advises against the use of ladders unless there is no other suitable access method, which was confusing at first: many people thought ladders had been banned!Â The WAHR was designed to guide people towards safer access methods such as scissor lifts, cherry pickers and scaffold towers instead of ladders, as these are safer and have a greatly reduced risk of falls and other injuries associated with them.
At home, however, it is not practical to hire a scaffold tower to remove cobwebs from the ceiling or perform other general cleaning tasks, so how else can you avoid using a ladder in these situations?Â Well, cobwebs are an easy place to start: a broom handle with a damp sock on the end makes an excellent cleaner of cobwebs.Â It can reach up into the corners and the damp fabric attracts the cobwebs.Â This method is faster than using a ladder and duster because thereâ€™s no ladder to move around the room.
Step stools such as these brightly coloured safety stools provide that little bit of extra height needed to get to the top of units and to the back of long forgotten shelves but without the risks associated with using a ladder.Â There is better grip on the treads and they are also much wider than even a safety step ladder.Â They sit firmly on the ground and provide a stable base from which to work.Â The taller models even come with a handrail.
If all else fails, you could always find someone a bit taller to reach for you, or even pay a household cleaning company to do it for you!