Laminate on stairs slippery when wet

Laying laminate on a staircase.

Laminate flooring is a versatile alternative to other types of flooring because it mimics the look of other floors while being very durable. Of course, there are things you need to consider when laying laminate, but with the right tools and a little patience, it's relatively easy. In this article we will describe the steps to install laminate on a staircase.

steps .

1 The preparation  .

  1.            1      Choose a laminate floor. Laminate can be placed on stairs or any other place you could put a wooden floor. When choosing laminate for your stairs, you should pay particular attention to whether it is abrasion-resistant enough. Stairs wear out faster than most other surfaces in your home. Ask your local store or hardware store about the wear-resistant laminate they sell.
    • Another thing to consider is the pliability of the laminate. Some species are shiny and very slippery - this can be a problem if you have young children. To minimize this risk, it is better to choose a type of mat that is often a bit rougher.
    • You also need to decide if you want the leading edge strips to have the same pattern as the laminate. Not all matching leading edges are available for all floors.
    • In terms of quantity: If you put laminate on a staircase, you always have to buy around 10% more than the actual square footage. You need this because you lost a lot when laying laminate on stairs. And you have something right away if you make mistakes.
  2.             2      Allow the floor parts to acclimate. Laminate floors take time to adjust to the temperature and humidity before you can install them. This prevents bending, expansion, and contraction if it is already there. To acclimate the floor pieces, remove them from the packaging and stack them in an open area that allows air to circulate. You can only start the installation after at least 48 hours.
  3.             3      Remove all flooring and nail battens. Now it's time to prepare the stairs for the laminate. If there is a carpet on it, you can remove it with pliers. Floor coverings often stick to the edges with nail battens that are glued or nailed. You can remove nail battens with a crowbar, and you can hammer the nails into the wood or remove them with a claw hammer.
    • Wear protective gloves when removing floor coverings as the nails can be sharp and cause injury.
    • If there is no carpet on the stairs, you can prepare the stairs by removing old layers of paint or glue and adding loose or creaky steps.
    • You'll also need to check that every step is level so that the floor pieces are properly positioned. You can straighten a crooked step with a belt sander, or you can use a paint scraper to remove stuck paint and other dirt.
  4.             4      Remove any supernatants. Many stairs have steps with a projection or "nose": this is the distance of the step that protrudes from the riser at each step. You need to solve this before you can start laying the laminate. You can do this in two ways:
    • You can cut the nose off with a jigsaw or jigsaw, then use a chisel to align the step with the riser.
    • You can also fill the riser with a piece of plywood so that the riser matches the projection. Nail the plywood or company before putting the laminate on.
  5.             5      Cut the bottom pieces to size. Now you can cut the laminate for steps, risers, and leading edge. To measure the intersection, place the plank across the width of the step, making sure it fits snugly on the left and right. If necessary, you will need to update the edges slightly so that they line up properly with the step. Most planks aren't wide enough to cover the whole step. If so, you'll need to cut off a second plank to fill in the rest of the step:
    • This can be done in two ways: you can cut two boards into equal pieces so that the combined width fills exactly one step, or you can use a whole plank first and then cut a small piece for the last piece. Always cut the groove side of the board when making pieces for the steps, you are gluing them together with the tongue on the groove. The transfer step does not have to go to the edge of the step as there is a different leading edge.
    • Now you can cut the pieces of laminate for the risers. You need to make sure they fit snugly on top of the transfer steps and that they only go with the top of the risers. If the edges don't completely line up with the edges of the riser, you can cut them off or sharpen them a little to make them fit.
    • You can see the leading edge by measuring the length of the stairs that can still be seen and the length of the riser pipe. Cut the pieces of laminate to size and adjust the edges to the corner of the stairs if necessary.
    • A handy tip: write a song on each piece you tailor so you know exactly which piece is on the stairs.

2 Lay the laminate on .

  1.             1      Start at the top of the stairs. The easiest way to lay laminate on a staircase is from top to bottom. This way you avoid standing on steps where you just lay the laminate on (and prevent you from being able to go upstairs when you're done!).
  2.             2      Adjust the transfer steps. The step is the part that you put your feet on. To assemble the transfer steps, make three good wood glue on the surface, but not on the part where the leading edge will soon be coming. Take an overlap (if it is in two parts, you must already have tongue and groove attached) and firmly press it onto the step with your tongue facing outwards. If some glue is squeezed out, you can remove it immediately with a damp cloth.
  3.             3      Place the risers. The next step is to cover up the old risers that are the vertical parts of the stairs. Put three blobs of wood glue on the back of the riser (which you cut to size beforehand) and press them in place, holding them in place for a minute or two while the glue sets. If everything is correct, it will fit exactly between the step below and the edge of the step above.
    • If you want to get the riser in place better, you can use a nail gun to pin the top of the board in place. This way the nails are hidden on the edge of the step.
  4.             4      Place the leading edge. With the transfer step and new riser in place, you can place the leading edge (this is the piece that rests on the riser, which will soon cause the protrusion to the riser, the nose). To assemble the leading edge, put a piece of wood glue on the surface (not the leading edge), then press the leading edge firmly, with the conical side over the transfer stage.
    • To properly attach the nasal clip, you need to tighten the bar after gluing. First, put a layer of tape on the leading edge to protect the laminate. Mark the places where the screws come with a pencil - they should be about nine inches apart and centered in the middle of the leading edge.
    • You must first clean the drill holes so that the screws match the tips of the battens to be galvanized (pilaster strips). Then screw in the wood screws and only remove the tape after filling the screw holes with putty.
  5.             5      Exit the stairs. You can either place the risers and transfer steps first before using the leading edge, or you can complete each step before proceeding to the next step. In any case, be patient when laying laminate and working carefully. You will need to be able to handle the soil for many years so you need to be careful.

3 Quit the job  .

  1.             1      Fill in the screw holes. When all the parts are in place, you can fill the screw holes in the leading edge with filler. Prepare the putty according to the instructions, mix in the specified proportions. Carefully smear the holes with a plastic-plastic stripping knife. When all the holes are filled, you can remove the tape.
    • Go down from step to step until all of the holes are filled and all of the tape has been removed.
    • After 20-30 minutes, smooth the filled holes with a damp cloth before they are completely dry. You can dampen your cloth with water or acetone.
  2.             2      Clean the stairs. It is important to clean the stairs immediately to remove any putty residue before it is fully cured. Hardened putty is very difficult to remove. Wipe up sawdust and remove the last bits of tape. When the stairs are clean, it's time to look at your work from a distance and pat yourself on the back.
  3.             3      Exit the stairs for one night. If possible, try not to use the stairs for 12 to 24 hours once you're done. This way the glue can dry well.

Tips .

  • A practical tip for gluing: Apply the glue, press the plank firmly and peel off the plank immediately. If there is enough glue on both sides then you did well.
  • If you think just gluing isn't enough, you can nail the laminate to the stairs. But doing so can damage the laminate. The guarantee can be canceled. Read the installation instructions carefully and call an expert for advice. If you do decide to nail it, do so with a nail gun. This reduces the risk of damage.

Warnings .

  • Wear protective clothing when working with power tools.
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