We understand the importance of ensuring the longevity and safety of your loft ladder. Regular maintenance is key to keeping your loft ladder in optimal condition, guaranteeing its reliability and safety for years to come. In this guide, we will walk you through the essential steps to maintain your loft ladder and highlight why these simple measures are crucial. 
1. Keep it Clean 
Dust, dirt, and debris can accumulate over time, affecting the performance of your loft ladder. Regular cleaning is a simple yet effective way to prevent these particles from causing friction or hindering smooth operation. Using a soft brush or cloth, remove any accumulated dust or dirt from the ladder's steps, hinges, and surrounding areas. Pay attention to the joints and connection points to ensure they remain free from obstructions that may have fallen from the roof when closed. 
2. Lubricate Moving Parts Annually 
One of the most critical aspects of loft ladder maintenance is the annual lubrication of moving parts. Over time, hinges and joints may experience wear due to friction, potentially leading to stiffness or difficulty in extending and retracting the ladder. To prevent this, apply a high-quality silicone-based lubricant like WD-40 to all moving parts. This includes hinges, pivot points, and any areas where metal parts interact. Lubricating annually ensures smooth operation and minimises the risk of premature wear and tear. 
3. Inspect for Wear and Tear 
Regularly inspect your loft ladder for any signs of wear and tear. Check for loose screws, bolts, or any other components that may have become compromised over time. If you notice any issues, address them promptly to prevent further damage. Inspecting the ladder on a regular basis allows you to catch potential problems early on, preserving the overall integrity of the unit. 
4. Test the Locking Mechanism 
Safety is paramount when it comes to loft ladders. Periodically test the locking mechanism to ensure it securely engages when the ladder is both extended and retracted. A properly functioning locking mechanism is essential for user safety, preventing accidental collapses or slips. 
5. Avoid Overloading 
While our loft ladders are designed to withstand a considerable amount of weight, it's essential to adhere to the specified weight capacity. Overloading the ladder can lead to structural damage and compromise safety. Make sure to follow the weight guidelines outlined in the user manual to maintain the ladder's structural integrity and safety features. 
By incorporating these simple maintenance practices into your routine, you can ensure that your loft ladder remains in optimal condition for years to come. 
The Loft Access Company have over 22 years’ experience in all things loft related - including installing loft insulation. If have any other questions or would like to book in a no-obligation survey, please get in touch. Thank you for reading! 
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