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How to Install Carpet Runner on Concrete Stairs

How to Install Carpet Runner on Concrete Stairs

It may seem odd to put carpeting on concrete stairs, but it's actually a great way to add both decorative and physical warmth to an otherwise cold, drab staircase. Dean Flooring Company has a variety of simple, DIY solutions for adding carpeting to concrete stairs without the high cost of professional carpet installation and supplies. These carpet runners add beauty, safety and warmth to concrete stairs in the basement or outside your home or business.

Installing a carpet runner on concrete stairs obviously requires a slightly different approach than rug runners on wood stairs, but it's definitely possible with the right tools and supplies. Dean Flooring Company has all the supplies and resources required to help you install carpet runners on your concrete stairway.

Choosing a Runner Rug for Concrete Stairs

Before you begin the installation process, you'll want to explore the wide variety of runner rugs available. If you're installing a runner on exterior steps, you'll need to choose an indoor/outdoor runner rug that's engineered to hold up to exposure to the sun, rain and other harsh elements. We recommend 100 percent polypropylene runners with non-skid latex rubber backings for this purpose. For indoor use, choose a durable yet comfortable option such as sisal, seagrass or wool. These materials will stand up well to constant foot traffic but provide a softer, more inviting feel.

Measuring a Carpet Runner for Concrete Steps

Unlike a carpet runner over hardwood stairs, with concrete stairs you don't want to see the underlying steps. So for this reason, when you measure the width and the length you will need, plan on covering the entire width of the concrete steps. Here at Dean Flooring Company, we have a large selection of runner rugs that can be purchased by the linear foot, so you buy only what you need, minimizing waste and saving money.

Preparing a Concrete Surface for a Carpet Runner

If the concrete steps were painted, you should first remove cracked or peeled paint with a grinder or putty knife. You also need to clean off any debris, so you're left with a smooth surface. Remove stains with a strong solvent and use hot water and detergent with a stiff brush to clean the steps. Fill any indentations or cracks with epoxy or bonding primer. Use a grinder if necessary for a level surface.

How to Attach Runners on Concrete Stairs

After measuring and cutting the carpet runner, you're ready to attach it to your steps. For carpet runners on wood stairs, you would use tacks to secure tackless strips, carpet padding and the runner. While this won't work for concrete steps, you can use concrete nails to hold carpet padding and the carpeting in place. You can also use our double-sided mesh tape, advanced adhesive roll, carpet adhesive, or double-sided carpet tape.