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Old 11-09-2008, 10:58 AM   #1
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stair protection

I am doing two upstairs bathrooms in a house that recently had some very expensive hardwood installed. The stair treads are also this same wood, and the risers are painted a white lacquer. Any suggestions as to how to protect this effectively? I usually cover with dropcloths, and cardboard. etc. The finish on the stair treads is very shiny and slippery, so drop cloths are not going to work. Any tricks you guys use? I worry that putting a lot of tape on them may pull off or damage the stain and seal! (Learned that lesson the hard way! ) JoeC
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Old 11-09-2008, 11:06 AM   #2
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Hi Joe,
How about something like this?

I see a lot of builders use this product, they cut pieces for each tread, and tape down with 2" painters blue tape. But if the tape worries you, you may want to opt for the stair protector.
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Old 11-09-2008, 11:18 AM   #3
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slippery stairs

rubber backed dropclothes work for me
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Old 11-09-2008, 11:21 AM   #4
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hey Joe,

I use a type of self sticking saran wrap floor & carpet protector from Home Depot.
dont remember the name, it's like this
http://www.installerstore.com/produc...&cat=27&page=1

only thing is you will get annoyed at the popping when you walk across the bubbles.
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Old 11-09-2008, 12:42 PM   #5
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does that product work ok for hardwood brian? Will it leave a sticky residue?
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Old 11-09-2008, 01:33 PM   #6
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Like Stevie, I have many drop clothes that have the rubber backing, stays put really well. I bought them at HD.
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Old 11-10-2008, 08:38 AM   #7
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You may have a minor nightmare on your hands if you use the saran-wrap style carpet protector over wood...sometimes it will pull the finish off or hold moisture in and leave discoloration. They used to have "DO NOT USE OVER WOOD FLOORS" in large print, but for some reason I haven't seen it printed on the roll lately, it just simply says it is for carpeted areas only.
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Old 11-10-2008, 09:21 AM   #8
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I use regular dropcloths and put a piece of 9x30 or so masonite on each tread. holds the dropcloth in place, no slipping. plus the wood adds even more protection.
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Old 11-10-2008, 09:38 AM   #9
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thanks for all the suggestions. I am worried about sticky residue and pulling off the finish, which is what prompted the question here. I have a rubber-backed dropcloth, so I'll give that a test run before we start hauling mud up the steps. Tape it down with blue tape and see if it's stable enough. The staircase is one straight run, no landings. Thanks ! Joe
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Old 11-10-2008, 10:32 AM   #10
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I use carpet runners, Usely their scraps of good rug ive demoed out of houses in the past. Lay em face down so the backing doesnt scratch the floor. Then I lay me tarps over em. Makes it easy for the tarps to be shaken out at the end of the day, and the runners stay put till your done.
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