FAQ: Carpet Stair Treads
Carpet stair treads aren't a standard feature for most staircases, but an increasing number of homeowners are choosing to have them installed – or to install stair treads themselves. The point of stair treads are to protect the stairs underneath from damage and to reduce the chances of slipping: At the same time, it also increases visibility of where one stair ends and the next begins and it can make a great visual addition, too.
Here's everything you should know about carpet stair treads.
- How do you clean carpet stair treads?
Stair treads are best cleaned with the use of a vacuum cleaner, but for any trapped fibers and hairs that occur over time, keep a nail brush handy and give your treads a thorough brush every few weeks. Sometimes they might have to be removed for a proper clean, but this is unlikely and usually only happens with a serious spill.
- How do you put down stair treads?
There are several ways to put down stair treads. Most commonly, flat and adhered to the step with either double-sided tape or glue. Sometimes you can attach stair treads with nails, but most people consider this overkill.
- What is the best carpet to use on stairs?
Any carpeting used on stairs should be (1) rougher than your average carpet, (2) easy to clean and (3) durable. There are many types of carpets (including sisal) that match this criteria and can make great covering for your stairs: A carpet expert can usually help you to decide if you feel overwhelmed by your possible options.
- Can you use stair treads on carpet?
Yes, stair treads adhere just fine to carpeting – and they might be easier to secure to a carpet covering than they are to the smoother flooring underneath.
- How do you install carpet stair treads?
The most common way to install carpet stair treads is by using double-sided tape, glue or both. Some might prefer to adhere their stair treads using nails, but most people consider this overkill and might make stair treads harder to remove later.
- What are the best stair treads?
Try out several brands and types of stair treads until you've found the right ones for you. Ideally, you're after ones that are durable while managing to grip.
- What can I use for stair treads?
There's no reason why regular carpeting can't be cut to size and used for stair treads. This is a great option if you prefer taking tasks like treads into your own hands, and works just as great if you've found the perfect section of carpet to match the look you're going for.
Yes! The main point of stair treads Is to reduce any instances of slipping on the stairs: If you've ever had an accident involving stairs in your house, you'll know why the addition of stair treads can be beneficial. Their other use is reducing damage to the stairs underneath: Instead of letting the floor take the damage, the stair treads absorb some of the impact and is much easier to clean.
- What is the best wood to use for stair treads?
Darker, heavier and more durable types of wood are the best types for stair treads. There's no telling how many thousands of times those stairs will be walked over during the next few years – and if you want to prepare for this ahead of time, choose hardier woods over cheaper laminates.
- Do carpet runners ruin hardwood stairs?
Carpet runners can pose a risk to your hardwood stairs where dust or rough debris gets trapped underneath and scratches up the hardwood. Properly installed (with a layer of protective fabric between the wood and the carpet runner) you should have any issues.
- How much do stair treads cost?
Stair treads cost less than regular carpeting – and definitely cost less than medical bills if someone were to get injured falling down the stairs! If you'd like to cut costs, sections of carpet can be adapted to stair treads.
- How thick do stair treads need to be?
Ideally, stair treads should be thick enough to withstand traffic and impact, but not so thick that they become a breeding ground for dust or harder to pin down. Try out several until you've found one that will grip comfortable.
- What to put on stairs to prevent slipping?
Stair treads are there to prevent slipping – and choosing the right type of material for this is crucial. Rougher varieties of carpet work best where you want to give both feet and shoes the necessary grip to get up the stairs without missing a step.
- Can you install stair treads without nails?
Most people prefer to install stair treads without the use of nails. Where you nail it to your stairs, the flooring underneath can get damaged and the treads will be harder to remove, but glue and tape is easier to work with and easier to remove if you ever need to.