Our stairs are a deathtrap. They are narrow, bendy, and uneven. Not to mention slippery as anything. Unfortunately, we have to use them several times a day. During our most recent spate with bad weather, the Pie was heading down them in his boots and he slipped. Luckily he caught himself and our bannister is firmly embedded in the wall, but that was the last straw for me. I fall down the damned things all the time, but the Pie is one of those people with remarkable balance, and he’s very hard to take down. So if he falls, you’ve got a problem. To prevent future accidents during what is being forecast as a bad winter, I am adhering safety treads to each one of our stairs. I picked up these 3M Safety Walk rolls from Canadian Tire for ten bucks a roll. We have fifteen steps in total, each being approximately two feet wide, meaning that for one strip per step I need thirty feet. So two of these five-yard rolls will do me just fine.
Make sure if you’re putting adhesive strips on inside steps you use an indoor/outdoor strip as opposed to a regular outdoor strip, as they’re easier on bare feet. The instructions are pretty clear. Let’s see how well I follow them!
First you need to clean all the dirt and grease and grime off each step. Your surface has to be completely dry or the stuff won’t stick.
Then you measure out your strips. Make sure to measure carefully. I have exactly 30′ of tape and I need to use it all to cover the steps, so my measurements per step have to be spot-on. Fifteen steps with 24″ strips sounds good to me.
Then you cut the strips to size and round the corners. Rounding the corners in a uniform manner is certainly harder than it looks.
Peel off the backing and adhere the strip to the step.
Press from the inside out to release any bubbles.
Because my two rolls were 15′ each, I ended up with two 12″ strips at the end of my cutting. Actually, they were about 14″ each, which turned out to be handy on my widest step, where I just put them next to each other.
And now my stairs are safe (er, safer than they were, at least).