One of the first things that I noticed about this house that I knew I would have to tackle once we’d moved in was the carpet treads on the stairs. I know that for some people they prefer the treads as a means to extend the life of the wood stairs guarding them against everyday wear… but for me and the Mister, they completely take away from the fact that you’ve got beautiful hardwood stairs. Maybe I’d be swayed if they were nicer treads, but they honestly looked like rough-cut strips of carpet that were tacked down on the stairs. Not to mention, they’re pretty old and have taken on a rather dingy dirty look. While I may not own the house, I feel as though reserve the right to comfortably walk around barefoot in a house that I’m living in.
Before I get into this, let me just go ahead and apologize for the quality of the pics. They were all taken at night (hence all the distorted coloring) when I was working on this and I didn’t use a tripod so they got a little blurry with the slow shutter speed in the dim light. Oops.
Luckily, our landlord was right there with us when it came to feelings about these treads and was very agreeable to our request to remove them. I was pretty worried about how they had been attached to the stairs. I was imagining the horror of us finding they were attached with some type of industrial adhesive requiring a much more labor-intensive removal process. Much to our surprise, they were attached with some basic double-sided adhesive strips (which are so old at this point they’ve achieved that almost slimy sticky residue quality – think molasses or honey as opposed to the more permanent feel of something like super glue) and then secured with a few finishing nails in the corners.
I feel like this is sort of a cop-out post. I’d originally been planning on having to explain this whole ordeal of how to remove industrial strength adhesives, sanding down the stairs, and re-staining them to match the risers. Fortunately for us, that turned into just ripping up the treads, tossing them in the garbage, and taking some Goo Gone to the tape residue.
Tools needed for this project:
- hammer (or anything to rip out nails)
- straight razor or glass scraper
- Goo Gone
- paper towels
- Lysol wipes – seriously, it gets gross under there
- a glass of wine (optional, but highly recommended)
My one area of concern is that the already narrow and uneven stairs have lost their grip – which means no more running around on them in our socks! We haven’t re-installed the hand rail on the stairs since we’re waiting until the big furniture arrives next weekend – hoping to make the narrow stairwell feel a little more spacious. In the meantime, we’ll just have to keep our clumsiness afoot! Ha… so punny.