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« on: February 12, 2011, 08:45:50 AM »

I'm looking for a way to prevent tripping, slipping and falling by humans and kitties, and to also keep the stairs clean in my upcoming house.

Would non-slip stair treads be good?  Do they all use double-sided tape?  Doesn't that get messy?

Or any other suggestions?
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« Reply #1 on: February 12, 2011, 03:12:59 PM »

afaik, all non-slip stair treads would come already sticky on the back.  It would help your mother immensely, not sure how much help it would be with a cat though.  They may hit the stairs just behind the non-slip part, or they may not.
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« Reply #2 on: February 12, 2011, 04:02:04 PM »

How about a textured paint or stain to prevent slipping ? It would still need a wash rather than a quick vac or sweep to clean it ,but you wouldn't have dirt buildup where a tread attached.
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« Reply #3 on: February 12, 2011, 07:13:52 PM »

With stair threads when they were getting worn/too dirty, etc. you could just take them up and put new ones in their place.

As far as what leslie suggested - would depend on how slip resistant the surface would be from the texture, etc. and would you rather wet clean each stair or vacuum each one.
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« Reply #4 on: February 12, 2011, 11:01:08 PM »

I was told that white stairs will get dirty fairly quickly, and caring for them will be a bit of a pain.  Washing the stairs does not sound too pleasant.

Plus I was worrying about my mom slipping, and maybe the kitties, too, (and me for that matter   Cool  ) ... and thought maybe stair threads would fix both issues.  But I wondered how they stay on and if they're really good or if they actually make the stairs more difficult to climb like if they get loose.  I noticed many (if not all?) of them use double-sided tape, and that sounds sort of not-so-stable, but there must be something more since I read you can take them off to launder them, which would also be great in case we have kitty barf or other stuff.

Hmm.  It sounds like maybe nobody uses them... do they look funky?   Roll Eyes

I'll look some more.  Thank you!
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« Reply #5 on: February 12, 2011, 11:42:45 PM »

August,
You definitely want to have something on the stairs for safety of cats and humans alike.  You can use the stair treads that are secured with double-sided tape, but you can also install carpet treads on steps using a tackstrip and staples. This would be a piece of carpet that covers the step more completely back to front to just under the lip of the step.  You can make it any width you want it.  The carpet is attached at the back of the step against the riser using the tackstrip and under the lip at the front with staples. I think a tackstrip can also be used at the front edge of the step to attach it more securely before stapling the edge under the lip. I am not totally sure of that, but your builder should be familiar with this method of covering steps.  You can also install a carpet runner on the steps, which I think is installed using the tackstrips and staples also, but covers both the tread and riser parts of the stairs.   I have never heard of any stair treads that could be removed for laundering.  Can't imagine any material that would be sturdy enough to hold up on stairs that would be easily laundered as well.  Carpet on stairs generally would need to be vacuumed and cleaned with carpet cleaner when they were very soiled just like carpet on the floor. 
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« Reply #6 on: February 13, 2011, 06:41:00 AM »

You could also install indoor/outdoor carpeting on the stairs. This type of carpeting would also have to be kept vacuumed, but you could also have it professionally cleaned when it got too unsightly.

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« Reply #7 on: February 13, 2011, 08:12:37 AM »

Thanks for all the tips.  I'm going to bring it up with the designer and see what he thinks!
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« Reply #8 on: February 13, 2011, 08:42:55 AM »

Hey August,

Any particular reason the stairs need to be white? Not a good color for a high traffic area IMO. A two-component epoxy coating with sand would fix your problem. They use it in the hospitals here to keep people from slipping on the floors and it affords them the ability to keep the floors sanitized. It isn't cheap ($100/gallon) but it may be cheaper in the long run because this stuff takes forever to wear out. There are paints with silica crystals in it but you need several coats and it doesn't wear very well in high-traffic areas. You can get epoxy in different colors as well.
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« Reply #9 on: February 13, 2011, 08:50:20 AM »

Hiya, Bug!

The stairs don't have to be white...  Sad   Grin  But everything is going to be white!  LOL

I'm making (another) big memo right now about things to talk with about at the next meeting.  I will definitely ask about the epoxy!  Thank you!
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« Reply #10 on: February 13, 2011, 04:36:51 PM »

If you have the money, there are ceramic tiles that come textured for slip resistance.  The ones I saw look like planking for decks, not exactly the look you are going for, but I"m sure you could get them in another texture/color.
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« Reply #11 on: February 13, 2011, 05:47:36 PM »

As it is, I'm already over my budget...  Tongue   At some point I need to do the awful task of cutting stuff down.

But not until I figure out the cat walks.   Cheesy
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« Reply #12 on: September 06, 2012, 05:08:13 PM »

Yesterday I happened to witness Friday racing down the cat stairs and ... he slipped on the top stair -- and grabbed onto the stair tread that didn't budge at.all and he pulled himself back up to the step and made it safely all the way down the stairs!   Grin

Big YAY!

I'm really so thankful for the tread suggestion!!


This month I will be getting connecting planks to make my cat walks/loft a no dead-end zone.  I also decided to get small ledges put on all the sides of all the top walks which should make it all a lot safer when someone hypes out and runs up ... not to mention it will help to remind Tuesday that he's not sleeping on the floor (he's fallen asleep and rolled off a few times - surprised but not hurt)   Roll Eyes .
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« Reply #13 on: September 07, 2012, 11:46:50 PM »

Thank goodness the treads are working well!  But, OMG, I cringed when you wrote that Tuesday had fallen!  I would be having heart failure if I were there!   Tongue
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