Refinishing Your Stairs
We all know that floors are an element that can make or break any room in your home. The right floors can be the envy of all your friends, and in some case, even a nice conversation piece. Meanwhile, the wrong floors can leave you feeling insecure and frustrated with the over all quality of your home. Floors are a bit more than the flat surface you walk on each day. Stairs are also a division of floors that often go overlooked and forgotten about. your floors are just as visually and structurally important as your flat surface floors, perhaps even more so. Think about it. The floors are a part of your home that people literally have to look down to see. Stairs? Stairs can be seen by just looking straight ahead, sometimes they’re the first thing you see when you enter someone’s home, depending on the position of their stairs. So there’s no time like the present to talk about refinishing your floors.
Obviously, the good people of Pittsburgh Flooring are more than happy to make your floors nice and new again, however if you’re looking for a project you can do yourself, that doesnt cost much money, this is definitely it! Refinishing floors can be very cost effective and the work is not nearly as back breaking as it may seem. There are a number of ways you can go about doing this, but some ways are definitely easier than others.
Stairs can be a bit tricky, but here we have a step by step guide on how to refinish your tarnished carpeted stairs into beuatiful works of wood refinished art.
Since your carpets may very well be covered in carpeting (for now), your first step will be to rip all the carpeting and padding out. Now you can see all that wodden potential underneath! Be sure to remove all the staples and nails, and sand off all the junk. Sanding will not only make your stairs much smoother, it will also open the wood pores so that you can achieve the best possible staining results.
After you’ve cleaned up all the saw dust, and wiped down the stairs its time to apply the stain! Two coats is usually a safe bet, but definitely check out the directions on whichever stain you decide on. After you’ve applied the stain and polyerthane to each tread you’ll want to cover the stained treads so that you can successfully paint all side molding and risers without getting paint on your brand new stained treads.
Now that you’ve completed these steps, you’re ready to paint the base molding and caulk all the seems. Caulking the seems will give it a much more professional look.
Hopefully these instructions will help you get your stairs looking like new again!