Stair tread rugs – Each stair carpet is mainly a runner. A wide runner covers the entire tread, while a narrow one should be centered. Follow the instructions carefully when you put the carpet on stairs. Carpet that is poorly secured can slide, wrinkle and cause slipping and falling. Be aware that if you use glue to attach carpets, it should be used sparingly because it is difficult to remove. Start installing tackless runners, where the tread (horizontal) meets riser (vertical) in steps.
Subtract the width of the runner from the width of the stairway surfaces and divide by two. Mark this measurement from each side of the step and the runner will be centered. Measure a length of tackless strips 2 inches shorter than the width of the runner and cut it with metal scissors. Center it between pencil lines and nail it to the tread where it meets riser. Repeat at each step.
Cut the blanket pad with a knife, same width as tackless ribbon and 3 inches longer than the depth of the staircase for each step. Use a staple gun to secure the pad of the tackless strip at 3-inch intervals. Pull the pad firmly over the edge of the step and staple it on the bottom of the same interval of 3 inches. Cut the excess pad 1/4 inch out of short with a knife.
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