How To Make Wooden Stairs Safer

How To Make Wooden Stairs Safer

Wooden stairs are a popular feature in many homes and businesses because it adds aesthetic appeal and warmth. However, one of the downsides of having wooden stairs in or around your property is that, when slippery, it can be dangerous to anyone using it.

Wood is specifically slippery when wet conditions or mold are present or corrosion has taken place. As a home or business owner, it is your responsibility to ensure the surfaces in your home are clean and maintained. But with wood stairs, these steps may not be enough. You will require an additional solution to ensure sufficient traction to make the stairs completely safe for use.  

Non-slip for stairs solutions

Make Wooden Stairs Safer

There are a variety of ways to make wood stairs safer. Before investing in a solution, it is important to understand your unique situation. Questions to consider include: 
  • Are the stairs inside or outdoors? 
  • Are wet conditions often present?
  • Are the stairs in a high-traffic area?
The answers to these questions will help you to identify the right solution for you. Non-slip for stairs solutions include:
  • Installing a carpet or runner
One of the easiest ways to take care of slippery stairs is by installing a carpet or runner. Not only is it economical, but it is also very convenient with no labor required. However, it's not always the safest solution. Carpets and runners can curl up at the ends, which can lead to dangerous trips and falls. It can also move around on sleek stairs, making it even more hazardous. Installing carpets and runners will also change the appearance of your floors, hiding the beautiful wooden finishes.  
  • Applying non-slip stair treads for wood
If you own a business where wood stairs are installed on the property, a great solution is non-skid stair treads. They come in a wide range of options and can simply be stuck to the stairs without hassle. These non-skid stair treads are suitable for light to heavy traffic areas and won't easily wear and tear. 

Non-slip stair treads for wood come with high-grade adhesive backing that can be used both indoors and outdoors.

  • Applying an anti-slip for wood stairs product
If you don't want to change the appearance of your floors, but want to increase the traction of the stairs' surfaces dramatically, you can opt for an anti-slip for wood stairs coating product. 

At SlipDoctors, we recommend Floor Grip. This is an exclusive roll-on anti-slip coating designed for creating an anti-slip layer on interior and exterior wood surfaces. Once applied, it provides a durable high-traction surface that is both scratch and chemical resistant.

If the area is smaller or it is a hard to reach area you could also consider SlipDoctors Extra Fine Clear anti-slip spray for wood. This is an easy to apply anti-slip solution, an epoxy aerosol spray that provides a clear, hard, finely textured finish on wood and vinyl surfaces.

Both are great solutions for human feet and dog paws.

Still unsure of which option is right for you?

Contact our flooring experts at SlipDoctors. We will discuss your needs and find the perfect solution for your stairs. 


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