Our reader Alicia writes, We recently redid the ratty carpet-covered plywood stairs in our house as a lovely stained/varnished solid wood. However, I’m wondering if there’s an inexpensive remedy that will make the stairs less slippery but will not damage the hardwood when it comes time to sell. Some cleaners can also make hardwood slippery, and you can roughen up your steps a little without damaging the finish by gently scrubbing with fine 0000 grade steel wool and mineral spirits. Each step should be the same height and depth and be no more than 7 inches high and no less than 11 inches deep.
My wife loves the idea of removing our stair carpet and putting bold/bright wallpaper on the vertical faces (risers). I just removed carpet from my steps and was looking myself for solution for slippery floors and found that there are clear looking sprays that you put on them that are non slip. I had my wood stairs refinished. Hardwood stairs are beautiful. To make your stairs safer, install abrasive safety strips (available at home centers) to each step. Falls are the number one cause of injuries around the home, and slippery outdoor wooden stairs can often be the culprit. To make the steps less slippery, mix abrasive grit into the paint prior to application.
When it rains, our wooden steps develop a slimy coating. How can we make them less slippery? Apply non-skid adhesive strips to each step or coat them with floor paint with added grit. Yes, you can carpet your entire wood stair and make it non-slip, but then it wouldn’t really be a wood stair anymore. But, the trade-off is how much it will save in medical bills if you can avoid falling and injuring yourself on slippery steps. Various types of grit added to paint will make wood steps slip-resistant. Before winter hits, apply a coat of paint and traction grit on slippery wood steps.
We’re removing the old carpet runner on some hardwood stairs and are trying to figure out our options for making them less slippery. We wear socks a lot inside, so I foresee disaster if we don’t do something. I think just make sure they are not slippery and you don”t wear socks going up and down, espeicallly your kids. Our 9 year old Lab finds the hardwood stairs too slippery. February 25, 2009 8:05 AM Subscribe. A jute, coir or sisal stair runner would be non-slip, simple and attractive. They make little adhesive carpet pads you can apply to each step individually. I wanted to leave the wood showing but they are in a high gloss-new house for us-is there anything that can be mixed with poly to make them less. We’re spending the holidays with some friends who have extremely slippery steps. The steps are made of treated wood, and when they get damp, they’re basically frictionless. Everyone loves a classic, wooden staircase. Not only do wood stairs give a timeless look to a stair remodel, but they’re easy to keep clean.
Prevent Slippery Wooden Steps
Handi-Tread are easy to install and maintenance free. Wood and cement ramps become extremely slippery when wet, rendering them virtually ineffective. Non Skid Stair Pads Custom sizes and colors are also available. I’m wondering if anyone has ideas of what I can do to make the stairs less slippery, but not permanently damage the surface. Most of the dogs we’ve had at our house have done pretty well with this method – but the water underneath has discolored our steps, but ours are wood. I’m slightly concerned on how slippery the stairs will be. I am not certain if this will work on laminate flooring, but we used this product added to some floor poly to make some wood stairs less slippery. Buy a slip-resistant additive for a stair paint to make steps less slippery. It’s easy and inexpensive.
The old wooden steps leading to my deck get really slippery when it rains, or in the winter, and I have to go up and down them many times a day. I believe I put them on 4 years ago and they are still there and still work. I have some of those self adhesive non-slip strips.