Stairs are an absolute necessity in any multilevel building, even those with elevators. Slick stairs can make us uneasy in our footing. This condition is even worsened when it rains, making the stairs slippery and potentially hazardous. If someone does fall, you as a home or business owner are liable. Your stairs should be stable from every aspect. By texture painting your stairs, they will be slip-resistant and have extra style.
Wooden Stairs can achieve the maximum grip potential with an orbital sander. Elbow grease will work also, but an orbital sander is a time saver and will create a more uniform appearance.
You will need 80 grit sanding pads (or paper if by hand), paint tray, roller, bucket, sponges, brushes, towels, gloves, polyurethane floor enamel, non-slip paint additive, dust mask, Pinesol or other similar cleaner.
Schedule your project to do before your family leaves for a day if there are not alternative entrances to a necessary area. Your stairs will need one day to dry.
First clean the steps with your steps with Pinesol or another multipurpose cleaner. Scrub with sponges and remove all debris. Dry the excess water with the towels. You may need to leave them to dry for a while in the sun, but make sure no one treads dirt on them while they are drying.
Sand the steps with an orbital sander if you have one. I recommend wearing a dust mask if you do to avoid breathing in the fine particles. Remember the rougher the surface is, the safer the stairs will be. Slippery surfaces are negated by the friction between shoes and a texture surface. Smooth surfaces allow gliding.
Be careful to not go overboard you want a rough uniform appearance, not a gouged look.
Use a towel to clear the loose dust from the stairs.
Mix the non-slip additive into the floor enamel for extra safety support. The non-slip additive in combination with the texture is a smart painting choice.
Get ready to paint. Fill your paint trays and get to work! Paint rollers will be a good start but you will have to touch-up will a brush. Apply more pressure when rolling to fill the little dimples in the texture.
Begin from the top of the stairs and work your way down so you have some where to sit during your entire project. Be sure to touch up as you go because you can’t walk back up the stairs.
Leave them to dry and feel proud of your safe and smart choice to texture paint your stairs.