a product to make wood/laminate stairs less slippery?

amylaurenJuly 17, 2012

I am going to be putting down a high gloss laminate on the first and second floor of house. There are wood floors that I dont want to cover with carpet-I will either high gloss them or put laminate treads on them. If I sand and stain them is there anything that can be mixed with the poly or stain to have them be less slippery?

Any experience with rust oleom as2102? Its supposed to be some kind of spray on I saw online. Thanks-

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Thats a truck bed spray liner. Thats going to ruin the treads. As far as making the treads less "slipery" keep them dry. Or there are peel and stick mats you can place on each tread. Also could go the traditional carpet runner.

Is there a reason you want a high gloss finish?
Although its your choice. A gloss finish on stair treads will look nice for about a month. Then you will start to notice wear on the finish. And yhe smallest amount of wear on gloss sticks out like a sore thumb.

Of course if you go with a runner or mats on the treads then the gloss would be ok without a worry of early wear.

    Bookmark   July 19, 2012 at 11:16PM
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"a product to make wood/laminate stairs less slippery?"

It's called carpet.

And ditto on the high gloss. It is a super high maintenance look that isn't suitable to most people with real lives. And, it can be kinda 1970's bar top cheesy if done poorly.

    Bookmark   July 20, 2012 at 1:08PM
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Yes-carpet. Ive heard of that. Ive also heard of sarcasm.

Im not worried about "bar top cheesy"-the flooring is not.

Its not bowling alley glossy its just not as dull as my satin wood now.

Any other recommendations would be appreciated.

    Bookmark   July 21, 2012 at 9:05AM
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We did wood laminate floors and were advised to do hardwoods on the stairs because the wood laminates don't last as well on the smaller surface of a step. The wood laminate is a floating floor system and the small size of a step doesn't have much room to float/give....I don't work in the industry; this is just was what I was told when I put my kitchen floor in last summer.

The guy who put in the wood laminate didn't really want to deal with building out the hardwood steps and the cost elsewhere made me reconsider....we are now doing carpet on those steps because the other room is carpet and really, really needs replaced.

    Bookmark   July 23, 2012 at 2:46AM
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Laminate is unsuited to stair usage. Choose hardwood or carpet (or both) for them.

A high gloss floor is also a lot of work. You either have to be OCD with a swiffer in your hand and a Roomba running or else you you have to be able to ignore the footprints, spots, dust, and loss of gloss from normal wear. I would suggest runners for traffic paths and on your stairs if you choose to go high gloss, both from the slip and slide perspective and to minimize the wear and tear.

    Bookmark   July 24, 2012 at 12:47PM
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I saw this in the building a home forum

Bona Traffic Anti-Slip. The person that used it said the wood looked normal, but said it was not slippery.

I don't think you will have the gloss though. The poster said that it made an attractive matte finish. Try googling it and see what the images show. If it is too dull you may have to try something else.

Hope this helps!

    Bookmark   August 4, 2012 at 1:14PM
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