Installing Carpet Stair Treads

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Installing Carpet Stair Treads
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Before you begin to install carpet on the stairs you must first remove any old flooring on them. If you are going to install true carpet treads on wood stairs then you might want to think about refinishing them first. However, if you are going to completely cover them then just cleaning them up and making sure they are level will suffice. Remove any old carpet padding and throw it away; do not try to reuse the padding. Sweep the stairs off well and if any adhesive was used on them, remove it. This may be able to be done with hot water and sanding, or you may need to use a chemical remover. Allow the stairs to dry completely before starting any installation. Check the stairs to ensure they're level and if they are worn down in the centre you may want to use a floor leveller to level them out.

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Preparing the Stairs

Before you begin to install carpet on the stairs you must first remove any old flooring on them. If you are going to install true carpet treads on wood stairs then you might want to think about refinishing them first. However, if you are going to completely cover them then just cleaning them up and making sure they are level will suffice. Remove any old carpet padding and throw it away; do not try to reuse the padding. Sweep the stairs off well and if any adhesive was used on them, remove it. This may be able to be done with hot water and sanding, or you may need to use a chemical remover. Allow the stairs to dry completely before starting any installation. Check the stairs to ensure they're level and if they are worn down in the centre you may want to use a floor leveller to level them out.

Installing the Treads

The original carpet stair treads consisted of a small piece of carpet that looked like an area rug and did not completely cover the stair. Most people today, when they think of carpet stair treads, think of carpeting the entire tread or the entire set of stairs. Rarely do they completely cover the stair from side to side. You can still purchase the original type of carpet treads. You will find them in many designs or plain colours that will match any decor They have a two-sided carpet tape on the bottom and it makes the installation quiet easy. Measuring from the open side of the stairs, if there is one it is the best place to start because walls are not always straight. Measuring from the riser out will give you the place to set the carpet tread to have them in the same place on every step. The tape protector is then removed and the carpet piece put in place. The edges should be pushed down well to make sure they adhere to the step sufficiently.

Installing Carpet

Covering the stair treads with regular carpet pieces is not that difficult, either. To do this, it is best to use a tackless strip on the back of the tread and staples under the front edge of the stair. Padding can be stapled into place after the tackless strip is installed and then the carpet can be pushed onto the strip. Pull the carpet tight around the front edge and staple up underneath the edge. If the carpet isn't bound on the sides, you can score the back with a utility knife and fold the sides over. This will allow you to leave a couple inches of the actual stair showing on each side.

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