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Stair Treads Installation Guide

After you've selected the style of stair tread you want and ordered and received them, the next step is to install them. You could hire somebody to install your new stair treads, of course, but there's really no need to unless you lack the time or have a physical disability. Installing stair treads is very easy. You can get professional-looking results with a minimum of effort. Here's how.

The first thing, of course, is to make sure that you've ordered a sufficient number of stair treads to cover the job at hand. Count the number of steps that you wish to install stair treads on, and make sure that you have enough stair treads for the job. At DeanStairTreads.com, we sell most of our stair treads in lots of 13. But in many case, we can sell additional stair treads, and sometimes we can also sell fewer than 13. As always, if you have any questions, just call us toll free during normal business hours on weekdays or email us. The knowledgeable, friendly staff at Dean Flooring Company will give you the information you need to complete your job.

Before installing your new stair treads, make sure you have a clean surface on your steps. If you have old backing, stair treads, carpet or other material on them, remove it, making sure to throw out old carpet padding rather than reusing it. Sweep and dust the stairs and remove any old residue from them, allowing the steps to dry completely before you begin installing your new stair treads.

When you're ready to start installation, unpack your stair treads and inspect them. You can use a variety of adhesives to attach your stair treads to your steps, including double-sided tape, Velcro, tacks or glue. Most people like to use double-sided tape because of its convenience. You simply turn over your stair treads and apply double-sided tape along the edges on the reverse side.

Next, you should use a tape measure to measure your stairs so that you will put your stair treads exactly where you want them. The particular location is up to you, of course, although most people like to have some wood showing around each side of the stair tread and most people also like to center their stair treads. Use your tape measure to lay out the stair treads exactly where you want them. Keeping consistent in placement as you work along the steps will add to a neat look.

If you have bullnose steps - the type that curve out in a convex shape, resembling a bull's nose - remove just one strip of adhesive from the double-sided tape and attach it to the carpet. Fold the flexible carpet tread over the step's bullnose and attach it, making sure to line up the stair tread as exactly and evenly as possible. When you have the part of the stair tread in place around the bullnose, remove the adhesive strip on the other side of the stair tread. Make sure to lay the stair tread out flat so there are no bumps and hold down the other side of the stair tread to the step to make a firm connection.  Pat down along the edges with your hands to ensure good adhesion. That's all there is to it.

The process is very similar with regular steps that don't have bullnoses, but to expedite the procedure. In this case, attach both strips of adhesive to the bottom of the stair treads before turning them over and laying them down on the steps. As with the bullnose stair treads, the most important consideration is to make sure to affix the stair treads so they're lined up at right angles with the steps (unless you are aiming for a really unusual look, that is).

You should also make certain that the stair treads are solidly affixed to the steps so that they will not slip when people or pets are walking on them. Make sure to press down on all edges of the stair treads after you have set them in place on the steps. Although some people use just two pieces of double-sided tape, we suggest using tape along all four edges of the stair tread for better security. In the case of jute, we recommend covering the entire back of the stair tread with tape for better stability.

If you're using tape-free stair treads, the process is even easier. With our unique stair treads made with nonslip backing, simply line up these convenient stair treads properly on your steps and then pat them down firmly with your hands. Again, it's important to check your work to make sure that the stair treads are firmly affixed to the stairs so they won't slip or slide when people or pets are walking on them.

Although most people install stair treads on hardwood stairs or on other steps with hard surfaces to help prevent nasty slips and falls, it is also possible to put stair treads on carpeted stairs. You may want to do this to prevent or cover stains or other imperfections in the stair carpeting or generally as a protective measure to protect the carpet on your stairs from stains, dirt and wear and tear. The process for installing stair treads on carpeted stairs is the same as above, although we recommend that if you are putting stair treads on carpeted stairs with thick pile that you use extra adhesive tape, staples or rug pads to make sure the stair treads stay on firmly.

Again, if you have any questions, just call us toll free for helpful advice. Also, make sure to review the brief educational videos on stair tread installation at DeanStairTreads.com.