Hardwood flooring has a way about it, a quality that’s utterly timeless. As installers, we’re privileged to work with this magnificent material, and we take pride in a job well done. But as wonderful as wood flooring is, some folks can be a little put off by the fact that it’s easy to slip and fall. For small children, the elderly, and the merely clumsy, wood stairs and uncarpeted surfaces can be problematic.
But you don’t have to worry about your hardwood floors turning into an ice skating rink for unsuspecting visitors. Keep reading for a few handy tips to improve traction, increase safety, and maintain an elegant look throughout your home.
- Non-skid clear tape can be helpful when it comes to stairs. Providing it’s installed correctly, it will create a greater degree of safety without sacrificing the elegant look of hardwood stairs. Bear in mind that the adhesive left behind from the tape can remove the wood varnish when it’s removed.
- Carpet stair treads are an excellent compromise between unprotected wood and a fully carpeted staircase. In order to secure the treads, use double-sided carpet tape. If you opt to use treads for all of the staircase, consider placing a rug at the bottom in order to provide traction at the base of the staircase.
- Many flooring professionals recommend using non-skid floor coating to increase safety. It won’t accidentally damage the wood, nor does it decrease the look of the floor itself. Some products will also prevent the shine of the wood from becoming dulled. Plus, unlike non-skid tape, you never have to worry about the adhesive residue being left behind.