What is the best treatment for slippery wood stairs?

Asked by Robert Bergman
Cleveland, OH

I have oak stairs. I'd like to put a coating or carpet runner on them to cut down on how slippery they can be. Any ideas?


Jason Kliwinski

Answered by Jason Kliwinski

Lambertville, NJ

The Green Living and Building Center

February 27, 2011

Carpet runner or carpet tiles on the treads are good options.  You can also:

  • use 100% recycled rubber stair treads over the wood, or
  • sand the treads of the stairs down and refinish them with a coating that has some grit to it to reduce slip.

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