How to Install Non-Slip Stair Treads

What You'll Need
Tape measure
Utility knife
Metal edge
Epoxy nose caulk
Contact adhesive

Non-slip stair treads can make going up and down stairs a great deal safer. They work well on wood surfaces or in place of linoleum. Installing non-slip stair treads is a simple job requiring very few tools. The main trick is ensuring they fit fully on the stairs. Once you’ve mastered the technique it will all go very quickly.

Step 1 - Treads

The treads you buy will be larger than the stairs. This allows you to cut each one to the proper size and give it a god fit on the stair. Choose the color and style you like, making sure that it’s one that will fit in with the rest of the record in your home.

Step 2 - Measuring

Measure each step individually; don’t assume they’re all the same as there will be variations. You also need to measure the depth of the nose on each tread. Once you’ve measured a step, make out the measurements on the back of each non-slip stair tread. After doing this, lay it on the appropriate step so you know which tread fits on which step.

Step 3 - Cutting

To cut each of the treads to the correct size, use a sharp utility knife or a linoleum knife. To keep the cut straight, have a metal edge against the markings you’ve made. After cutting, push the tread into place on the stair to check the fit. Remove any excess from the tread of necessary.

Step 4 - Epoxy

When gluing the non-slip stair treads in place, begin at the top step and work your way down the staircase. This way you’ll be able to keep going continually and not risk disturbing the work you’ve completed. Make sure you’ve done each of the stairs properly before moving on to the next one.

Begin with the nose. Apply epoxy noise caulk on the back over the overhand of the stair tread and push firmly into place on the stair so there are no air bubbles. Use the roller along it.

Step 5 - Contact Adhesive

If you’re putting down rubber non-slip stair treads, use contact cement to secure them in place. Peel back the tread off the stair and squeeze out a grid of contact adhesive on the stair. Lay the tread back down on top of the stair and push down and back on the stair, toward the riser.

After you’ve done this, take your roller and use it on the non-slip stair tread, working from the front of the step to the back. This will make better contact with the adhesive and push the tread into position while eliminating al the air bubbles. Repeat this procedure on every one of the steps until you reach the bottom. Give the stairs several hours for the contact adhesive to fully dry before walking on the stairs.