How To Make Slippery Stairs Safe?

Hardwood floors are beautiful and one of the most popular types of flooring that homeowners choose. They are easy to maintain, and they add a warmth to your home like no other type of flooring can. But one of the few downsides to having hardwood flooring is that it can be quite slippery, especially if you have hardwood on your stairs. Did you know that there are more than 30,000 deaths per year that are related to accidental falls and a majority of these accidents will take place on stairs?

Hardwood stairs can result in dangerous conditions if they are worn or have been over-polished. Have you ever been in a rush but then ended up flat on your back making you even more late? If you want to avoid these types of accidents, then keep reading for our tips on how to make your hardwood stairs less slippery.

The good news is that these solutions for helping to make your stairs slip proof are inexpensive and easy to install on your own. On the other hand, you can also opt for a more professional approach and have carpet installed. Whatever you choose, here are some methods that you can consider in order to create a non-slip surface on your hardwood stairs.

Transparent anti-slip strips

Transparent anti-slip strips are a popular choice because they still allow you to still see your beautiful, finished wood steps. These strips are transparent, as their name suggests. Most products will come with a roller for easy installation. This roller will help you remove any air bubbles when applying the strip which will allow it to blend seamlessly into the rest of the stair tread.

These strips work for both indoor and outdoor applications, and they also will work on surfaces other than wood. However, you should know that depending on the manufacturer, they can be difficult to remove if you want to stop using these strips.

Transparent anti-slip strips are typically designed for indoor, barefoot usage. Unlike black strips, these clear strips won’t feel like sandpaper. They will give you a tactile yet soft surface to step onto which prevents slips while remaining comfy to walk over.


Installing carpet is one of the most common ways to make stairs less slippery. Carpet will help make your stairs safer by giving you traction on the surface. It can also add some nice decor to your home. You have two choices when it comes to carpet on your stairs: carpet stair tread for stair runners.

Carpet stair treads

Carpet stair treads are individual pieces of carpet which can be placed separately on each stair. Carpet stair treads have a lot of advantages over stair runners and they are easy to install. All you will need to do is clean each stair, measure them to make sure your treads will be centred, place down some carpet tape and then place the carpet treads on top of those pressing down gently until they have completely adhered.

Stair runners

Stair runners are long pieces of carpet that run down your stairs, but still do not cover the whole width of the stair. Advantages of stair runners is they will cover the full depth of each stair tread, they protect your wood from damage, reduce noise, looks good and most importantly allows you to make your stairs less slippery.

The disadvantages of stair runners are that they can be pretty costly, they can get dirty and they are complicated to install the right way. Also, the carpet on the edges of the stairs can wear down and become slick over time.

Anti-slip tape

One product that you might be familiar with, as you have probably seen them being used in commercial properties or institutional establishments. These are black, rough pieces of tape that you will find on the treads in stairwells. Those who have used anti-slip tapes will know that they will be an effective non-slip solution for stairs of any kind. This tape is actually just sandpaper with an adhesive backing.

Anti-slip floor finish

One less common solution, because of the lack of available products, is anti-slip wood finishes. These are another solution that will not cover up your beautiful hardwood finish. The anti-slip finish will go onto your stairs transparent and you will be able to choose from various finishes, such as matte or gloss. One downside to anti-slip floor finish is its removal. If you do not like how the product is performing or how it looks, then removing it can be nearly impossible or it can result in damage to your stair treads.

Anti-slip spray

Anti-slip spray for wood stairs is a cheaper alternative to roll-on anti-slip finishes or carpets. It is also one of the most simple anti-slip products to apply and it is completely transparent. Plus, it is pretty affordable. However, you should keep in mind that you get what you pay for.

Author’s Bio

Kristy Ngai is a content writer for BreezeMaxWeb that helps businesses showcase their brand through enticing copy. When she’s not working, you can find her playing net in a local beer league or biking around the city.