Loose Carpeting on Stairs

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Loose carpeting creates a risk of trips or falls regardless of location. Add loose carpeting to stairs and it becomes even more dangerous, potentially causing broken limbs, punctured lung and cracked skulls. Create a permanent or quick fix to avoid these and other painful results.

Causes

  • High traffic on stairs causes carpeting to wear out and loosen more easily than on floors and low-traffic areas. Incorrect installation and choice of the wrong carpet may also cause carpet to loosen easily on stairs.

Repair

  • Remedy loose carpet by replacing it entirely or simply reattaching it to the stairs. Stretch loose carpet back into place using a carpet stretcher to hook the bottom of the carpet back into the tack strips at the back of each tread.

Considerations

  • Until you can rent a carpet stretcher or hire a professional, create a temporary fix to prevent falls on your stairs. Simply stretch the carpet by hand and staple into place with a staple gun and construction staples; place staples at the back or ends of tread to avoid stepping on exposed heads. When you can permanently fix the problem, use pliers to lift and remove the staples.

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