Have you have already made the mistake of using an adhesive backed stair tread? Is it time to replace them? I’m not going to kid you, it will take some time and elbow grease to remove the adhesive. First, pull off the old carpet tread. If it doesn’t pull off easily, use a plastic paint scraper between the stair and tread. To get the adhesive residue off, start at the top of the steps and work your was down. Stray the step with an adhesive solvent and let sit according to the directions. Use a plastic paint scraper and scrape off as much residue as possible. Please the scrapings in a small bucket lined with a trash bag (the grocery store bags work well). Once you have gotten off as much residue as you can, wipe down with a wet soft cotton cloth. (A word of caution – spray, scrape & wipe down one step at a time – if you spray more than step at a time, you could slip on the wet steps.) This process may need to be repeats several time to ensure all the adhesive has been removed. If so, let the steps dry for a day between each application. For additional information on Removing Adhesives with Solvents
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When the treads were removed from the stairs, we were left with a lot of very stick adhesive. There are many different products that can be used to remove the residue. Some can cause damage or discoloration to the wood. Some smell bad and require ventilation. We decided to use a commercial adhesive remover based on orange oil instead. This has the lowest risk of causing damage to the floor. There are several orange oil removers available either on line or at your local hardware store. We choose De-Solv-it. It is biodegradable, noncarcinogenic formula that contains no harsh solvents. We followed the label directions and let the product sit for @15 minutes before scraping. Because of the amount of residue left behind, we needed to do 2 applications. De-Sol-it did a great job removing the adhesive from the steps. Clean up was easy and left very little odor.
New Life Floors recently refinished a floor that had a somewhat strange issue. When the current homeowner looked at the house before purchasing, the floors looks great – clean and shinny. However, when they moved in, they discovered the previous homeowner varnished around the area rugs. Fortunately, they were able to find area rugs to cover the unfinished sections. Fast forward 20 years – the current homeowners are ready to sell. Much of the varnish had worn off leaving the floors splotchy. We were able to scrape off the remaining varnish and refinish the floors properly. But why did this happen? The previous homeowner applied a coat of varnish on the floor without prepping it properly. There needs to be a ‘tooth’ on the floor so the finish has something to stick to. This can be done by sanding, screening or sandlessly preparing the floors. (Insert commercial for New Life Floors here). When it comes time to spruce up your floors, PLEASE DON’T apply finish to an unprepared floor and PLEASE DON’T just apply finish around the area rugs. Whichever method is appropriate for your floors, save yourself some aggravation and call a professional and have the entire floor done.
But wait – it gets better. The current homeowners compounded the problem by putting adhesive backed stair treads on the varnished hard wood steps. Very sticky residue was left behind when the 20 year old treads were removed. With a lot of scraping, we were able to remove the residue off and refinish the stairs properly. PLEASE DON’T use adhesive backed stair treads. If you are like me and don’t like a bare step, there are a couple of options. First, use small carpet tacks in each of the corners of the tread. This will prevent the carpet from slipping. The tacks leave small holes in the floor, but this is less damage and less work to remove when it comes time to replace the treads. The other option is to have a runner installed down the length of the steps.
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Our sandless hard wood floor refinishing method is cheaper, faster and cleaned than traditional sanding. We use a buffer and clean & prep solution that removes paint splatters, surface scratches, scuff marks and the years of ground in dirt normal cleaning can’t get out. This process micro abrades the surface and we apply 2 coats of urethane.