How to Glue Carpet to Stairs

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Carpet cushions and cuts down on the sounds that bounce around a busy home. Carpet on stairs offers an attractive alternative to bare planks. Putting down strips of cushioned carpet to wood stairs also increases the safety of traversing the steps for family and friends.

How to Glue Carpet to Stairs
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Benefits of Carpet

A layer of cushioning on a flight of stairs cuts down on the number of slips and trips that can happen going up or down. Carpeting also cuts down on the downstairs noise, as well as noise from the television, computer games or the whir of small appliances, from traveling up a bare staircase and creating a disturbing din for those resting upstairs. There are benefits to carpet stars in other rooms, too: Putting down carpet for garage steps can cut down on slips and falls as you come in and out of the house through this busy entrance.

Glue Issues

The longest part of the job is the drying time. Some glues can take days to cure and secure the carpet to the stairs. There are dry adhesives available that don't damage the flooring that the carpet is covering. Tile connectors for carpet tiles are also an alternative to using glue, but they can be tricky on a narrow stairwell.

Stick on Carpet Stair Treads

Stick on carpet stair treads offer a bevy of design patterns and colors to choose from. They are easy to install and cut with a box cutter or carpet knife. Make sure to lay the pattern out first because the adhesive is hard to pull up once you've placed the tile without damaging the stick on carpet stair treads. They quickly bring up the aesthetic and safety of the flight of stairs and you can complete the project by noon.

Carpet Roll for Stairs

A carpet roll for stairs can cover a large area quickly without having to measure and cut each piece. It gives a consistent look to the stairs. Stair guides that fit snugly along the base of each step can help keep it in place over a longer period of time than just the layer of super sticky glue beneath the carpeting.

Gluing Down Carpet

A temporary stair runner can slip and slide, making the stairs a hazard to descend or a problem with bunching as you ascend. Glue can keep the stair carpet firmly in place. First, lay out the carpet and any padding. Once it is all in place, seams flush and no overlapping or short lengths of carpet exposed, you can begin to glue the carpet down. If using a pad, glue that down first and then glue the carpet to the pad. Roll back the pieces and spread the glue on with a trowel. Firmly replace the carpet and sweep the carpet to remove any bubbles. A small broom, wooden dowel or carpet roller works well for this. Continue up the staircase until complete. Let dry at least overnight or according to the glue manufacturer's directions.


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