How to Cure Slippery Hardwood Stairs

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Hardwood stairs can look elegant and classy in a home or other building. Without carpeting, however, their steps can be slick. The wood may be slick naturally, or its floor coating that added shine also may have added an oily slickness to the wood's surface. Making the steps less slippery reduces the chance of someone falling on the stairs and can be accomplished without completely covering the hardwood.

Things You'll Need

  • Vacuum cleaner with hose attachment
  • Anti-slip, clear-coat paint, tread covers or peel-and-stick stair grip tape
  • Paintbrush (optional)
  • Measuring tape (optional)
  • Scissors (optional)

Using Anti-Slip Paint

  • Clean the stairs using a vacuum cleaner with a hose attachment to remove all dirt and dust.

  • Verify that no person or pet is on the upper floor because the stairs cannot be used for a while.

  • Apply one coat of anti-slip, clear-coat paint on each step with a paintbrush. Begin painting at the top step and work your way down the stairs. Pay special attention to the top surface of the steps, although you may apply the paint to the steps' edges and the wood between steps.

  • Wait for the paint to dry complete before using the stairs.

Using Tread Covers

  • Clean the stairs using a vacuum cleaner with a hose attachment. Remove all dirt and dust.

  • Move to the bottom of the stairs.

  • Center one tread cover flat on the bottom step. Use your hand to smooth the tread cover on the step. Repeat the procedure to apply a tread cover on the top of each step. Work your way up the steps while ensuring that each step's tread cover lines up with the other tread covers.

Using Peel-and-Stick Stair Grip Tape

  • Remove all dirt and dust from the stairs by using a vacuum cleaner with a hose attachment.

  • Measure the length and width of each stair step. Use the measurements to cut a strip of peel-and-stick stair grip tape for each step. The tape does not need to cover the entire step, and should not hang over a step's edge.

  • Move to the bottom of the stairs. Peel the backing off the peel-and-stick stair grip tape strip that you cut for the bottom step, center that tape strip on the bottom step and apply it to the step. Use your hands to smooth the strip on the step. Work your way up the steps to apply each step's tape strip in the same manner. Ensure that each step's tape strip lines up with the other tape strips.

Tips & Warnings

  • Choose peel-and-stick stair grip tape or tread covers that are either clear or match the stairway's color scheme.
  • Periodically check the tread covers or peel-and-stick stair grip tape strips and replace them as needed.

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