How to get your staircase preparation right first time.
Whether you do it yourself or pay someone else. Here’s how to save time,save money and be kind to your environment!
Five step plan
1.Remove the old carpet
2.Remove the old gripper and underlay and set aside for reuse
3.Clean the stairs ready for painting or varnishing
4.Choose your paint or varnish
5.Paint or varnish. Allow to Dry
Step 1. Removing the old carpet
Put on a pair of decent gloves
Top tip! Start at the bottom of the stairs .
Carpet fitted on griper rod is made to release easily from the bottom up.
It should just ease off, revealing the gripper and underlay underneath. Some people use the old carpet to line shelves or sheds.
Step 2.Remove old gripper and underlay and set aside for re-use
Often you can reuse your existing gripper and underlay . Helping your budget and the environment makes this a double smart move. If you are in any doubt , don’t hesitate to email us a pic and we can make a quality assessment . Email: firstname.lastname@example.org
Gripper rod is removed by taping it with a hammer and bolster at the point the nail meets the stairs.Underlay is removed by carefully pealing it off.
To prepare your gripper and underlay for reuse ; cut to 10 cm less than your stair runner width .
Example : If your star runner is 65 cm wide cut underlay and gripper to 55 cm wide.
Cut underlay with a Stanley knife. Cut gripper with snips.
Replacing gripper or underlay
If your underlay or gripper is worn you should replace it
The price of our Eco friendly underlay and gripper pack is 45 pounds.Delivery is free with your stair runner.
Step 3.Clean the stairs ready for painting or varnishing
a.Vacuum thoroughly to asses the surface
b. Remove tacks or staples with claw hammer or pliers
c. Sand with an 80 grade sandpaper ,then a finer sandpaper.
d. Clean again with a damp cloth and cleaning liquid . Rinse with clean water . Dry thoroughly. Allow to dry
Step 4. Choosing your finish
there are mainly threee types of decoration to choose from
a. Exposed wood
b .Paint (usually white
3. A mixture of the two