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MrsFerg

08:53AM | 09/28/05
Member Since: 09/27/05
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I want to remove carpeting from my stairs. I'm sure that underneath is just whatever builders use to build stairs (wood of some sort). What's the easiest and least expensive way to do this? Can I remove the carpets and treat whatever wood is underneath with something, leaving the wood?

tperez

11:45AM | 09/28/05
Member Since: 09/24/04
128 lifetime posts
MrsFerg,

You might have to remove the floor trim boards to get the carpet out from the edge. Be careful in this step and you can reuse this trim. If you want to re-carpet the stairs then just clean with some floor cleaner and water. If you want to leave the wood surface as your new tread face then you will want to replace them. The builders generally use 2x lumber to make these treads and risers. A glue is applied to hold the foam matting and tack strips are nailed in to help hold down the carpet. Even if you get the glue off there will be holes left from the strips. There are treads and risers that you can buy at the big hardware stores. You can stain or paint them to whatever color you desire. The treads that are sold are strips of wood that are glued together and have a Bull Nose edge. This laminating of strips resists warping and cupping.

I hope this answers your question. You were kind of vague.

U.S.M.C. Semper Fi !!!

MrsFerg

11:49AM | 09/28/05
Member Since: 09/27/05
2 lifetime posts
Thanks! It does help! That's exactly what I was looking for.

tperez

12:18PM | 09/28/05
Member Since: 09/24/04
128 lifetime posts
Your welcome.

U.S.M.C. Semper Fi !!!
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