How to install a vinyl runner to carpeted stairs without nails

Written by stephanie daniels
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Placing a vinyl runner on carpeted stairs will protect the carpet from wearing under household traffic while keeping the carpet visible through the runner and preventing most sounds and echoes . The runners are easy to install because of the gripping teeth on the back of the runners that hold the runner into place on carpeted stairs without using nails.

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Things you need

  • Tape measure
  • Vinyl runner
  • Strong scissors
  • Sand paper
  • Cigarette lighter

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    Work with one step at a time. Stair steps often have small measurement differences that we rarely notice; the tread of one step is often deeper or wider, thinner or narrower than the next step. Start at the stop of the stairs and work your way down, measuring, cutting and installing the vinyl runner pieces to the carpeted stairs without nails.

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    Measure the depth of the top step. Because carpets on stairs usually drape over the ends of treads, do not measure completely from the back of the tread to the end of the tread; instead, stop before you reach the end of the tread or right before the carpet and tread begin to curve downward.

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    Cut the vinyl runner into pieces that will fit onto each stair tread. Custom-cut each piece after you measure the stair tread. Use a strong pair of scissors to cut through the thick vinyl runner piece. By cutting the running into pieces for each tread, you eliminate the need to drape the runner, which requires nails or screws to keep the runner from slipping out of place and causing injuries or falls.

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    Smooth the rough edges and corners of the cut vinyl runner. Sandpaper the edges of the runner to remove the sharp edges; if this does not work to make the edges smooth, then try melting the edges smooth with a cigarette lighter. Do not place the flame directly against the vinyl runner; you do not want to catch the runner on fire, only melt the edges into smoothness.

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    Find the direct centre of both the step and the piece of vinyl runner you cut for the step. Place the centre of the runner directly on top of the centre of the step tread. Scoot the vinyl piece forward and backward to sink the teeth on the back of the vinyl runner into the carpet so that it will not slip out of place when stepped on.

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