Stair treads can improve the appearance of stairs, cut down on tracked-in dirt, extend the life of the stair material and provide traction to prevent falls. If you need to remove the stair tread adhesive due to an improper installation, using too much adhesive or because you need to repair, remove or replace the stair treads, you'll need the right tools or the adhesive may not budge. Freshly applied adhesive should come off rather easily, but any dried adhesive takes a chemical application, some scrubbing and time to dissolve properly.
Things You'll Need
- Soft cloths
- Mild liquid detergent
- Denatured alcohol
- Steel wool
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Dampen a soft cloth with warm water and a few drops of mild liquid detergent.
Wipe away any pieces of wet adhesive with the damp cloth.
Pour a thin layer of denatured alcohol on top of the adhesive.
Scrub the adhesive with a piece of steel wool, working the alcohol into the adhesive in a circular motion. Continue scrubbing the adhesive until it lifts off the stairs. Apply more alcohol to the adhesive as necessary to completely remove it from the stair treads.
Wipe the stairs with the wet, soapy cloth to remove any residue left by the alcohol. Dry the stairs thoroughly with a dry cloth.