How to Clean Your Portable Stage and Risers

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How to Clean Your Portable Stage and Risers

June 17, 2020

stage cleaning

The question that’s on everyone’s mind right now is, “How do I clean my equipment?” Whether you’re a music educator, theatre manager, rental company, or anyone else in the performance and live events industry, you’re trying to figure out what your procedures are going to be.

The answer to this question is going to depend on the type of equipment you have.

Carpeted Platforms

If you need to clean carpeted platforms, you can do it similar to how you would clean a carpet floor in your home. For basic cleaning of dust and dirt you can use a vacuum, but for actual cleaning you can use a carpet cleaner like you would in your house.

carpet stage deck

The difference between cleaning the carpeted deck and the carpet in your house is to not leave the water sitting on it. Make sure you dry the deck immediately. Never put it into store when wet.

Non-Carpeted Platforms

If the platforms you need to clean aren’t carpeted, but are a hard surface, your cleaning will look different. To clean these stage decks, we recommend damp mopping them.

stage deck

Take them off the supports and lay them out beforehand, then damp mop them like you would any other surface. Just like with the carpeted decks, you’ll need to dry them immediately after mopping. Make sure they’re completely dry before using them again to keep everyone safe.

Don’t use any cleaner that leaves a sticky or slippery residue behind. We recommend testing the cleaner on a different surface before using it on your decks.

Other Equipment

When cleaning other equipment like portable acoustic shells or transportation carts, for example, you can use a disinfectant wipe or other standard surface cleaner. Dry the surface immediately after cleaning just like with the decks. This method of cleaning will work for any hard surface, but make sure you consult with the manufacturer if you’re not sure what to use.

As we move forward and live events begin happening again, albeit on a limited scale, following these cleaning tips will help.

Another way to keep all of your equipment clean is to avoid touching and moving it as much as possible. When you do need to handle it, try to always grab the same area so that when it comes time to clean, you’ll only need to do it for that focused area. Doing this will save on cleaning time.

As we mentioned before, if you’re not sure on what to use to clean your equipment, contact the manufacturer for their recommendation.

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