October 10, 2019
Surface protection comes in all shapes and sizes in the construction industry. One area in particular that can cause many headaches, is the staircase.
It’s hard enough that a staircase is an obscure shape, making it difficult to find a flexible, yet tough temporary floor protector to cover the stair treads and risers. But because stairs are typically a high traffic area, it’s critical to prioritize stair safety to avoid common construction site risks, such as falling.
When it comes to choosing the right temporary stair protector, consider scenarios that can potentially create unnecessary hazards on the job site.
Once you’ve considered all possible hazards, explore different construction stair protection options that are designed for carpet. Don’t be fooled by the carpet’s texture, it can become slippery and dangerous during construction just like hardwood floors. Additionally any spills, dirt or dust exposed to carpeted surfaces can be absorbed and therefore difficult to clean.
Carpet protection film with adhesive backing is a long-lasting, residue-free solution that lasts up to 30 days. Non-skid carpet films are ideal for stairs and are easy to install with the help of a film applicator. Durable, temporary carpet films are resistant to punctures, tears and leaks making them great for high traffic areas.
Not all stair areas need long term protection. For simple paint touch-ups or low traffic areas, a slip-resistant drop cloth will do the trick. It’s important to choose a runner that has a non-skid backing and leak resistant top to avoid falls and carpet stains.
Hardwood floors continue to be the more popular flooring choice these days. Over the past few years, homeowners are ditching the carpet, revealing and refinishing their traditional hardwoods.
Because wood floors are delicate and solid, impact and slip resistance is crucial when choosing a floor and stair protector during construction and home improvement projects. Explore padded protection products that have a non-slip backing and are leak resistant.
Non-slip canvas drop cloths are also great for hardwood stairs. Choose a painter’s drop cloth that features a grippy back and absorbent top. Slip-resistant drop cloths are particularly great for hardwoods because they easily conform to the stair shape and stay in place.
It’s important to securely tape paper products down to avoid movement when walking up or down the stairs. We recommend using a dependable painter’s tape to keep the product in place and will not harm the finish. The reliable self-adhesive tape can also be used to protect stair nosing and any existing handrails. If the floor protection paper does become wet, be sure to replace it to avoid damage and additional safety hazards.
Be sure to take the time to properly prep and protect any staircases on the job. This includes riser protection and stair tread protection. In addition to carpet or hardwood protectors, consider wearing non-skid shoe covers. Shoe guards will help decrease tracking throughout the job site, and provide additional traction when traveling up and down any stairs.
Stairs can be a tricky place for any construction project. With the right construction stair protection products you can reduce stair safety risks, and avoid costly repairs and setbacks. Be sure to explore Trimaco’s catalog and full line of surface protection products for total job site protection.